Sunday, October 18, 2020

Philadelphia Weekly: 'DO YOU KNOW JO?'

Libertarian presidential candidate talks War on Drugs, poverty, more

by Eugene Zenyatta, Philadelphia Weekly 

You know Trump, Biden and even Kanye are running for president. But have you met Dr. Jo Jorgensen?

She’s the presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party – the third-largest political party, according to voter registration. Its 2016 candidate, Gary Johnson, pulled in just over 3 percent of the popular vote. According to its website, lp.org, “Libertarians strongly oppose any government interference into their personal, family, and business decisions. Essentially, we believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.”

Jorgensen, a senior lecturer in psychology at Clemson University since 2006 and the party’s vice presidential candidate in 1996, made a campaign stop in Philly recently, and PW caught up with her to talk about the issues of the day. 

Philadelphia only recently expanded its indoor dining capacity for restaurants from 25 percent to 50 percent, and many other restrictions and closures remain in place. What are your thoughts about governments forcing businesses to close during the pandemic? 

The shutdown of our economy to stop COVID-19 is a classic case of government “solutions” being potentially worse than the problem they intended to solve. Millions have lost their jobs, and an estimated one-sixth of small businesses will close their doors for good. Others have lost their homes...

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