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May Day - Freedom for the Productive


May Day - Freedom for the Productive

"May Day is a day for all productive people to celebrate freedom," said Libertarianz Deputy Peter Osborne today. "A day to celebrate freedom, and yet to recognise how far away from real freedom we still are."

On May Day every year, Libertarianz members consider the near-hundred millions killed directly because of socialism in the last century, and the continuing murder, torture and imprisonment of political opponents in socialist countries such as North Korea and Cuba. "Today, Libertarianz celebrates the freedom that still remains to establish, own and operate enterprises, to employ people and be employed, and the wealth and prosperity that capitalism has brought to the parts of the world that have even partially embraced it," he concluded. "In celebrating the freedom we do have, we deplore the estimated hundreds of thousands of people still incarcerated in prison camps in North Korea, China, Vietnam and Cuba - regimes the so called "peace movement" and "workers organisations" look up to. "It is worth reflecting that every day hundreds queue up to migrate to the US, European Union, Australia and other semi-capitalist economies, but nobody wants to emigrate to Cuba or North Korea, despite those countries having eradicated most traces of capitalism. North Koreans have May Day as a holiday - to compulsorily participate in state celebrations, mass displays as the slaves they all are" he explained.

Yet even as libertarians celebrate the freedom they do have, they still reflect on our own shackles here in New Zealand. On May 1st, Tax Freedom Day has still not arrived in this country. (Tax Freedom Day is the day that, based on current rates of tax imposition, libertarians say we stop working for the government and begin working for ourselves. Every year this date recedes further and further - if all taxes are taken into acccount, this year it is projected to be end of May/beginning of June.) "Why not have a real celebration for the productive," smiles Osborne. "Why not take Tax Freedom Day back to some time in early January?"


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