Libertopia 2011 – Call For Help

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Published on: September 6, 2011

Libertopia 2011

What is it?

Libertopia is an annual festival of peace, freedom, music, community and ideas that will change the World.

It is a unique experience…a 3 day celebration of our individuality and diversity packed with renowned speakers, workshops, panels, parties, banquets, music, film, art, literature, commerce, exhibitors, themed camps, performers, social networking and much more!

Why are we there?

After looking at what Libertopia is trying to accomplish in thought and ideals I thought this would be a perfect venue to do some FOSS outreach. Having said that, Ubuntu California in San Diego is planning am Ubuntu booth for the event. As far as I know we will be the only tech booth at the event.

When is it?

October 21 – 23, 2011

http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-california/1255/detail/

What do we need?

Right now our needs are on two levels.

1. We need volunteers for the booth. If you are in the San Diego area and wish to help please contact me.

2. We need some help with the booth costs. This includes the cost of the booth for the weekend and for printing costs.

If you can donate that would be awesome! If you are a company that would like to help sponsor us, we will include your name/company name at our booth and with any flyers that we print to hand out.

Thank you for any help you can give. Our goal is $400USD for this project.

Cheers!

9 Comments
  1. shazzner says:

    Libertarians? No thanks.

  2. Russ Nelson says:

    The more opprobrium that gets heaped on libertarians, the more we know that we are taken seriously as a political force. So yeah, whine all you want about libertarians, shazzner, but we’re gonna take over this country. Don’t worry, we’ll leave room for you to found your socialist utopia. Because That’s The Kind Of People We Are.

  3. iheartubuntu says:

    +1 for Russ Nelson. While I dont call myself a Libertarian with a capital L, I am aligned to the libertarian mindset. Im surprised not to see Mark Dice on the speaker list… maybe he is too controversial :)

    The socialist agenda that has formed here in America is inevitably going to fail, just as it did in the Soviet regime. I know far too many people who have lived through it who can attest to this.

    Not sure if I can attend, but will find a way to contribute!

  4. shazzner says:

    I too, weep a tear for Glorious Somalia, our true libertopia, may it well be within our grasp fellow ‘tarians. But not in the solidarity sense, heh, we’re not using that commie-talk!
    *slaps on fedora; mines more bitcoins*

  5. Yeahright says:

    Good luck trying to convince the average libertarian that Free Software isn’t a subversive Socialist movement.

  6. Russ Nelson says:

    Free software is about freedom. It is 100% compatible with libertarian ideas. Why would you think otherwise?

    And shazzner, you’ve been drinking the leftist Kool-Aid(tm). Somalia is not a libertarian paradise as you’ve been told, and as you’ve uncritically believed. For one, there’s no private property — it’s all communally owned by one clan or another. For another, it’s coming off decades of failed socialist and autocratic and democratic governments, so it’s pretty chaotic. But don’t let me convince you — I have no Hope that you will Change.

  7. Lefty says:

    Free software is about freedom. It is 100% compatible with libertarian ideas. Why would you think otherwise?

    Because some Free Software licenses are socialist to the extent that they forbid certain significant liberties under threat of legal action — a threat ultimately backed by physical coercion from the state.

    The GPL for instance forbids distributing modified derivatives without also making the modified source available. This liberty is removed to increase the software’s social value by making it a permanent part of the social commons. We can debate other percentages, but the social commons is a domain that certainly is not 100% compatible with the libertarian value of private property (which, by the way, is claimed to be the very basis of liberty).

  8. Russ Nelson says:

    The purpose of the GPL is to move ownership from the legal system into the social system. It doesn’t abolish ownership itself. If you go deeper into the system, you’ll find that free software is owned by the people who modify it and redistribute it.

  9. shazzner says:

    It’s Great that Linux was built entirely by intellectual solidarity without thought to Capitalist ideas of profit motive, thus exemplifying Marx’s Labour Theory of Value, as a means to escape stagnation by private property, bringing dignity and strength to the working class, and that intellectuals and tradesmen/women have united in solidarity to Revolutionise, in the Marxist sense, an entire field despite attempts by Capitalist oppressors to outlaw and propagandise against it.
    I guess, though that if you, like, really REALLY think about it Linux is totally not socialism and the fact that an documentary called Revolution OS was made is completely a coincidence.
    But I guess I’m just a loopy leftist because I think Capitalism is monstrous and private property a false-freedom propagated by the bourgeois. :v

    That said, sorry to hijack your blog comments, OP, I wish your Capitalist Fiesta the best and your fundraising is met!

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