Seminar tackles future, issues of government

Posted: Monday, April 02, 2001

Finding solutions for today's pressing questions that don't result in additional layers of government is the goal of a five-week seminar sponsored by Advocates for Self-Government that begins Thursday evening.

"A lot of people are upset about the way they see things going in today's world," said Vicki Pate of Nikiski, organizer of the evening discussion group. "They feel that there is way too much government, but don't really have any positive ideas to replace the government that they have. So we'll be talking about things like education, drug problems, high taxes and what you can do to replace high taxes and still do the job."

Although discussion topics stem from "Libertarianism in One Lesson," by David Bergland, Pate stressed the seminar was not sponsored by the Libertarian party.

"Advocates for Self-Govern-ment is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes the ideas of self-government, which are Libertarian ideas but in a nonpolitical manner," Pate said. "At the seminar, the only Libertarian there will be me. The others attending are not Libertarians but are interested in and willing to explore the ideas of liberty to decide if it is something that they feel would offer solutions."

The seminar is geared to small groups of six or seven "so that everybody has a chance to participate," Pate said. "If you get any larger than that, you wouldn't have a chance to put in your two cents worth. It's not a lecture. We want people to be able to discuss and mull things over so they can make good decisions."

Similar seminars have been held at other locations over the past decade. Pate has considered hosting one locally and finally figured the time was right.

"Just about anyone that knows me was lucky to get an invitation," Pate said.

Plans are being made to hold a similar seminar in the Soldotna area and an organizer is being sought to facilitate another seminar in Ninilchik.

Anyone interested in attending Thursday's seminar can make reservations by contacting Pate at 776-8926. Cost of the seminar, which includes the materials, is $25 per person, $35 per couple and $12.50 for students.

The seminar begins Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at the Hitching Post Cafe, Mile 16.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway.

"The first meeting, I'll buy dessert," Pate said. "After that, it's Dutch treat."

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