As Marcy said:
BTW, I believe we started the plant discussion with my comment that as libertarians, we prefer to influence the market with things we do, rather than with government
edicts; such as what we purchase, what we eat, etc
As an prime example I wrote this for an op-ed which was published:
Cesar Chavez, the charismatic leader of the United Farm Workers, made a strategic error with his grape boycott. To gain better wages, benefits, and more farm worker employment, he needed only to create a higher consumer demand for grapes. Free-market forces would have required the growers to plant and harvest more grapes, thus necessitating more workers to plant and harvest the grapes. Competing growers would have had to offer better pay and benefits to attract farm workers. Then Chavez's dream of better working conditions for farm workers would have been accomplished without the forced contracts between the grape growers and the UFW following 16 years of strikes, marches, and secondary boycotts.
BTW: for the record which no one really talks about Cesar Chavez was strongly against illegal immigrants. Why? They were competing for the jobs of legal immigrants and US citizens taking away a bargaining point for farm labor and forcing a drop in pay by undercutting the legal immigrants. Yes this is correcto mundo.
Yes talk food and veggies or whatever but relate it to Libertarian principles and philosophies and so on.
Ron Getty - SF Libertarian
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