Socialist with a Side of Therapy   13 comments

This is the start of my series looking at the Democratic candidates from a libertarian perspective. There are 23 declared candidates. I’m working off the following list of 13 because they have qualified for the debates later in June. I’m looking at them from lowest rating to highest.

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Marianne Deborah Williamson is a 66-year-old author, lecturer, and activist. She has written 13 books, including four that have been New York Times #1 bestsellers. She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a volunteer food delivery program that serves home-bound people with life-threatening illnesses. She is also the co-founder of The Peace Alliance, a nonprofit grassroots education and advocacy organization supporting peace-building projects.

Williamson was born in Houston, Texas, the youngest o three children. Her parents Sam and Sophie were an immigration lawyer and a homemaker. Her family is Jewish. After graduating from high school, Williamson spent two years studying theater and philosophy at Pomona Collect, but dropped out in her junior year and moved to New York City, intending to become a cabaret singer. She returned the Houston in 1979 to run a metaphysical bookstore/coffeeshop.

In 1983 she moved to Los Angeles. She began regularly lecturing on   A Course in Miracles  in Los Angeles and New York City, and eventually in other cities in the U.S. and Europe as well.

She published her first book, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, in 1992.

She’s been advocating for the fundamental transformation of American society along her philosophical beliefs ever since.

She wrote in the book,

It is a task of our generation to recreate the American politeia, to awaken from our culture of distraction and re-engage the process of democracy with soulfulness and hope. Yes, we see there are problems in the world. But we believe in a universal force that, when activated by the human heart, has the power to make all things right. Such is the divine authority of love: to renew the heart, renew the nations, and ultimately, renew the world.

In 2014, Williamson ran unsuccessfully as an Independent for the California 33rd Congressional district of the US House of Representatives. On January 29, 2019, she announced her campaign to seek the Democratic nomination for the 2020 United States presidential election.

While emphasizing that politics needs more than external remedies, Williamson has stated that she agrees with many of the positions of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, including Medicare for All and the $15 minimum wage. She has also spoken favorably of Glass-Steagall legislation. She has publically advocated for racial justice, demanding public apologies for slavery and paying reparations to the descendents of slaves. She supports reformation of the criminal justice system. She has embraced the Green New Deal and wants the United States to sign onto the Paris Climate Accord (remember, Obama “signed” onto it, but Congress never ratified it), and she wants to reform the Environmental Protect Agency.

She is a life-long anti-war activist who condemned Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, including favoring an embargo on American arms being sold to the Saudis. She says the US needs to be an “honest broker” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and she isn’t sure how she feels about Afghanistan. After all, she’s only anti-war unless there’s a need to free women from the Taliban.

She has a 24-year-old daughter named India.

Williamson doesn’t hide that she is a “progressive.” She is proud of it.

There are some good things about progressives, but from a libertarian perspective, their ideals are problematic. She ran as an independent in 2014, but she was really not an independent. She was and is very much a Democrat, who was endorsed by Democrats during that failed race in 2014, including Dennis Kucnich and Keith Ellison.

She is essentially a female Tony Robbins running for President. How is that better than Donald Trump? Yes, she’s charismatic and attractive, but let’s be honest about this — she’s a Hollywood self-help guru. We need someone who can figure out how to reduce the debt, stop deficit spending, reform entitlements. Does her history suggest skills in any of those arenas?

Do we really need a Therapist-in-Chief?

Snarking aside, my libertarian objection to her is that her policies would require major redistribution. While she claims to be a very peaceful individual, the violence and coercion necessary to move that much wealth around (against the will of the original owners) is massive. We should stop the wars that abuse the citizens of other countries, but the alternative should not be to abuse our own citizens.

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