This weekend, my family and I will be heading off to a small burg called Orono, somewhere northeast of Toronto. It is the site of the annual Liberty Summer Seminar. I've been wanting to attend for years but things always kept getting in the way. I am looking forward to seeing friends from back in the early days of the Libertarian Party of Canada and listening to some interesting speakers, including my friend, lawyer and author Karen Selick, the Prince of Pot (Marc Emery) who I haven't seen for decades, and others. It should be a fun weekend.
One of the reasons I am finally making the trek is that I want to expose my son to libertarian thought and libertarian individuals. It is refreshing to be among people who might not agree on every single thing but who are nevertheless very much against restrictions placed on the individual by the state and very much for individual responsibility. I think it will do him a world of good. I know it will help recharge my batteries too.
We are lucky, here in North America, still to be able to meet freely and speak freely about things that we find troublesome. That is one of our natural rights, something that should be a given and never subject to abrogation by authority, but we know all too well, don't we, that the freedoms of speech and movement are all too often casualties of over-reaching governments and tyrants.
We'll have fun. If you are near there, drop in. Find out more here. It will be worth it.