Phil Anderson is a proud father of two and a Libertarian politician from Fitchburg, Wisconsin. He has studied geography at the University of Wisconsin Madison and theology at the University of Balamand. In 2014 Phil Anderson ran for the 47th District of the Wisconsin State Assembly receiving 18.4% of the vote. He ran again for office in the 2016 Senate election in Wisconsin, losing to incumbent Ron Johnson. On April 22, 2017 he assumed the office of Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin. Today he is working vigorously to spread the message of liberty and hopes to bring that message to his home state by running for Governor of Wisconsin.
Keller: What inspired you to start a political career instead of pursuing geography, your bachelor, or applied theology, your master?
Anderson: I decided to get actively involved in politics because our political situation is deteriorating every election cycle. Regardless of whether Democrats or Republicans are in power; wars never end, government coercion and intrusion increase, spending and debt increase, and the basic freedoms of individuals and communities are eroded. While I love geography and theology as educational and career pursuits, our political situation is more serious and emergent.
Keller: You are running as a Libertarian. What attracted you to the Libertarian Party over the Republican or Democratic Parties?
Anderson: Libertarians acknowledge and promote the concept of individual rights, including personal and property rights. These rights are fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous society. At best, Democrats and Republicans pay lip service to these rights – and usually, in practice, are actively opposed.
Keller: This next question follows a similar approach with the last, but what should attract the people and voters to your campaign and the Libertarian platform over that of the establishment?
Anderson: We have an opportunity, if elected, to begin real, fundamental, humane change in the relationship between individuals and government. Libertarians are philosophically, permanently opposed to infringement on individual rights, and at the state level, we respect the decisions made by individuals and communities over statewide legislation. This is not a ‘partisan’ approach, we have no desire to accumulate power on behalf of our party or our donors. We actively seek to restore authority and tax dollars to the lowest levels possible, all the way down to the individual. All of our positions on issues now, and our proposals if elected, reflect that commitment; from abolishing the state personal income tax, to abandoning the crony capitalism of the Walker administration, and beyond. This is the Free Wisconsin Idea.
Keller: Wisconsin’s economy has had many issues recently. The most controversial economic deal in Wisconsin recently has been the Foxconn deal, which Scott Walker approved for a new factory that will cost taxpayers $3 billion. This deal could be a critical point in the gubernatorial election, what is your stance on the issue?
Anderson: The FoxConn deal is the worst kind of crony capitalism and manipulation of Wisconsin’s economy for political ends. I believe in the talent and energy of the citizens and entrepreneurs of Wisconsin. If their taxes were lowered or abolished, THEY would stimulate Wisconsin’s economy, THEY would create new jobs. As Governor, I will show that faith in the citizens and entrepreneurs of Wisconsin by letting them keep the money they earn, and get out of their way as they invest it in their own businesses and communities. Governor Walker, on the other hand, has made promises to ‘grow jobs’, and since government does not, and cannot, actually ‘grow jobs’, he has made the FoxConn deal in a desperate attempt to make it look like he has succeeded. But look at the deal: $3 billion in promised assistance, to a company with a poor track record in dealing with communities, in an industry where projecting long-term trends and profitability is uncertain at best, with exemption from environmental standards and legal/judicial process and accountability? Scott Walker sketched out a sucker’s bet on the back of a napkin, committed money better left in the pockets of Wisconsinites, cracked the whip on the state GOP to get them to pass it, and he’s hoping we don’t find out until after he’s re-elected.
Keller: The national versus state control of power has been a long lasting issue, ever since the founding of this nation. Which do you believe holds more power? As governor, would you fight for Wisconsin’s interests over national interests? More importantly, would you fight for state interests or county and city interests?
Anderson: I will fight for state interests over federal, per the 10th Amendment, and will allow and defer to the wishes and democratic processes of county and local governments, while supporting individuals’ rights.
Keller: A topic of major consideration in recent months has been illegal immigration. As a result, sanctuary cities have become a major issue in the United States; due to this last election and the Trump Administration. What is your stance on the issue?
Anderson: I support the right of local communities to make their own decisions. The problem is there is too much federally procured taxpayer money flowing back to states and communities, which creates the incentive to heel to the demands of the federal government. The solution is not obedience, but a return to a political system where power and authority extend from the individual outward, by consent, to different levels of government, not one where power, authority, and federal coercively procured tax dollars flow downward from a distant, unintelligible, coercive bureaucracy.
Keller: A running mate is just as important to voters. I have heard Patrick Baird is running with you, what do you feel qualifies him to be lieutenant governor?
Anderson: Patrick is very smart, principled, and passionate. He loves to dive into issues and problems, finding the real crisis and the most effective solution. He has experience with many different types of challenges, from health insurance to public education and beyond, and I am proud to have him as a running mate.
Keller: Do you have any final remarks for the readers and to the people of Wisconsin?
Anderson: Yes. Wisconsin, Libertarians aren’t just another political party, a third political party. We represent a radical return to the basic principles we ALL believe in: that people have the right to lives their lives as they choose, as long as they don’t interfere with the rights of others to do the same. LIVE and LET LIVE. It’s the most fair, and the most humane way for us to coexist in peace, prosperity, and privacy. So if you are sick and tired of the same old politics, to the point where you’re voting for the lesser of two evils, or have tuned out or given up, NOW is your chance. NOW! Connect with us at TeamGuv.org. We need your support in order to make a real positive difference in the lives of all Wisconsin citizens, not just those of a particular party or philosophy. Now is your chance.
I would like to again thank Phil Anderson for his time with this interview.
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