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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/12437/tel-aviv-tea-party/

Tel Aviv Tea Party

April 11, 2010 by

While in recent years the Israeli government has trended away from its socialist roots, the country still has a long way to go before its people can enjoy the fruits of a highly productive and innovative economy. To this end, libertarians in Tel Aviv [they exist] have organized a Tea Party to “show the public and our fellow man that probing, overreaching, and intruding government is not the only option. In fact, it shouldn’t be an option at all.”

Tel Aviv Tea Party

Will demunicipalizing the garbage collectors bring peace to the Middle East?


Alisa April 12, 2010 at 2:19 am

Um, more like in the process of organizing…:-) Many thanks for the mention though!

avi April 12, 2010 at 2:38 am

The language is utalitarian. Nevertheless, for our first tea party, it will do.

Boris Karpa April 12, 2010 at 3:08 am

The language is utilitarian by necessity – it has to be, to appeal to people who do not necessarily share your moral philosophy.

iceberg April 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

You should also mention the ongoing project to translate Mises’s texts into Hebrew (mentioned here), something I’ve thought about doing myself. Is there a website I can visit where this project is based? What about Rothbard’s MES/P&M?

Alisa April 12, 2010 at 3:54 am

What Boris said:-)

R Hofkamp April 12, 2010 at 4:42 am

Good luck, my fellow Israëli libertarians. We are also building up a Tea Party in the Netherlands, see dutchteaparty.wordpress.com for more info. I hope we can support each other in any possible way.

Paul Marks April 12, 2010 at 7:14 am

Things have got to the point where total government spending in Britain and the United States is close to the level of total government spending in Israel (as a proportion of the economy). So the idea that there is some great difference between the “free market” United States and semi “socialist” Israel is false – indeed in SOME WAYS Israel is less statist than the United States, and certainly less statist than Britain.

lester April 12, 2010 at 10:30 am

probably as rabidly pro war as our horrible tea parties. no thanks.

Russ April 12, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Yeah, those whacky Israelis, thinking they need to defend themselves against those nice, Libertarian Muslims….

lester April 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

lol like i said

Stefan Karlsson April 12, 2010 at 10:38 am

These days government spending is lower in Israel (47% of GDP) than in Britain (53%). Something which both reflects the massive spending increases implemented by Britain’s so-called “New Labour” government, but also spending cuts in Israel. See my post on Israel’s transformation to a relatively free economy from its previous very statist structure.


iceberg April 12, 2010 at 10:58 am

That was a wonderful post that makes me hopeful for freedom and peace in that part of the world.

DD April 12, 2010 at 11:22 am

I don’t know about your optimism. It seems that the anti-capitalistic mentality is stronger then ever in Israel. The mentality seems to be regulate regulate regulate. And privatizations are done in formality only, while the State still keeps a tight grip on those industries by regulations.

Also, the Central Bank of Israel has engaged over the last 3 years in the most massive bailout of the banking sector in their history. What’s going to happen when the chickens come home to roost in just a few years? The inflation of the 80′s will be small potatoes compared to what lies ahead in the future.

Max April 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Where are you getting your information about the Central Bank of Israel?

dkmeller April 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I have no idea of demunicipalizing garbage collection will bring peace to Israel, but defunding the Isreali military certainly would! So would defunding the Israeli government apparatus which is preventing peaceful trade and exchange between Israelis and Palestinians who have far more to gain by trading with each other than killing and maiming each other!

Abolition of Israel taxes, and their going to Mossad (the Israeli secret police) might not bring peace and prosperity to Israel, but it certainly would free up capital for investment into their burgeoning computer industry, which would probably become world-class once it was relieved of the burdens of a corrupt and brutal military drain. Many Palestinians are also quite well educated and westernized, and could easily work with and adapt to a modern economy, given the chance.

Israel/Palestine being a peaceful, world-class technological and economic center? I don’t know, but detaxing Israelis and liberating Palestinians makes an interesting first step!

David K.Meller

Olga Lednichenko April 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

To make Israel co-exist peacefully in Middle-East we need more than just cookie-cutter US style – republican responses.

While, no one would debate the booming computer industry in Tel Aviv and in Haifa can benefit from extra capital injunction, we cant be delusional into believing that the *wealth-effect* would make Mossad obsolete and the Jihadis yearn for Pearl and Mashup programming.

regards and peace

Sharon January 17, 2011 at 6:50 am

Tea Party??!
I’m in!

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