NEW YORK, November 6, 2017 – Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts who was the 2016 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate, gave a major speech over the weekend addressing themes of interventionism, social freedoms and libertarianism.
Weld’s keynote remarks to a gathering of the Northeast Regional Conference of Students for Liberty here touched upon how he had been persuaded to adopt a much more non-interventionist foreign policy over the course of the campaign.
Weld reiterated his call for the United States to leave Afghanistan and other “land wars,” with a particular emphasis on the high costs of war to a generation of millennials.
Social freedoms cannot be ignored by libertarians says Weld
Weld also explained how his support for libertarian values in the area of “social freedoms,” into which he tied together normally disparate concepts as same-sex marriage, gun ownership, and a free and uncensored internet.
Weld recounted how as governor, he was proud to have appointed the state supreme court justice who later authored the nation’s first ruling, in 2003, holding that same-sex marriage was protected by the U.S. Constitution.
On education policy, Weld spoke about coming disruptions to the labor force from automation, and the need to break old paradigms to prepare younger works for more varied careers over the course of their lifetimes.
He predicted that in the future education would become less specialized, and instead providing skills that can be adapted to wide variety of disciplines.
Taking a cue from his 2016 running mate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, Weld praised the rise of the sharing economy exemplified by the ride-sharing service Uber. He also related it to the longstanding practice of barter in rural upstate New York.
Bill Weld reaffirmed his commitment to the Libertarian Party by endorsing Larry Sharpe
At the end of his remarks, which were well-received by hundreds of students in attendance, Weld reaffirmed his commitment to the Libertarian Party. He repeated his endorsement of Libertarian candidate Daniel Fishman for State Auditor of Massachusetts. And he announced his endorsement of Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe, who is running for governor in New York.
Weld referred to Sharpe, who was present, as “a stalwart member of the New York Libertarian Party, and an entirely credible candidate for Governor of New York, just like he was a very strong candidate for VP.”
At the 2016 Libertarian National Convention in Orlando, Weld defeated Sharpe by nine votes on the second ballot for the party’s vice-presidential nomination.
Afterwards, Sharpe spoke at rallies and fundraisers for the Johnson/Weld ticket, and recently spoke at a rally with Gov. Gary Johnson in Washington supporting the Our America Initiative.
(Photo by Jacob Linker used with permission.)