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November 6, 2017

Independent Nathan Larson seeks 31st District seat

Nathan Larson
I will get the state out of the way of the individual's doing as he wishes with with his own person and property.
— Nathan Larson
31st District House of Delegates
Fauquier precincts in district: Casanova, Catlett, Kettle Run, New Baltimore and Vint Hill.

Nathan Larson

Age: 37

Home: Catlett

Work: Accountant

Education: Bachelor’s degree in management, George Mason University

Affiliations/organizations: Lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and Exit International

Family: Wife, Meshelle Larson.

Hobbies: Developing software and editing Wikipedia

Campaign website: Click here

Ballotpedia entry: Click here

Why do you seek election?

As a neocameralist libertarian, I seek to harness capitalistic forces to bring about freedoms of computation and communication, contract and arbitration, medicine, industry, instruction and finance. When states are restructured as privately-owned, profit-seeking enterprises that compete with one another to attract residents, those in charge will have a stronger incentive to provide good customer service and invest in infrastructure, environmental quality, and other sources of long-term value.

Entrepreneurs will also have more freedom to innovate and run their businesses as they sit fit, and thus will be able to operate more efficiently than our current government bureaucracies.

What makes you the best candidate?

Of the candidates in this race, I am the strongest supporter of personal and economic liberty. I will get the state out of the way of the individual's doing as he wishes with with his own person and property.

What ranks as the most important issue facing the 2018 General Assembly and how do you plan to address it?

In 2018, legislation will be introduced to decriminalize cannabis possession. I would expand that bill to completely legalize all drugs. This will cut off the flow of drug money to organized crime.

The industry would instead likely be dominated mostly by companies offering products of known dosages and purity, keeping the consumer safer. Many consumers would choose safer highs because they would have a wider array of drugs to choose from, rather than just whatever is available on the street.

People’s lives, careers and families would no longer be destroyed by criminal records for drug offenses. Race relations would improve as minorities would no longer be targeted by the drug war for mass incarceration and disenfranchisement.

Please, describe the most difficult challenge you’ve faced in a leadership position and your response to that situation.

In politics, there is a lot of pressure not to take extremely unpopular positions. If I feel an issue is important, and that my stance is right, I will usually take it regardless of the support I may lose, because the long-term goal of running for office is to create political change by influencing and inspiring one's audience. Sometimes this takes years of effort to produce the desired result.

Just about every viewpoint that today is extremely unpopular, was once regarded as normal and right. For example, in this campaign, I took a stance that child pornography possession should be legalized, because I view it as a free speech issue. In the 1990 case Osborne v. Ohio, three U.S. Supreme Court justices agreed that laws against child pornography possession are unconstitutional. And as late as 1994, that offense was classified by the Code of Virginia as a class 4 misdemeanor punishable only by a fine. Today it is a felony offense often punished more harshly than actual sexual assaults against children.

Most of the morals that people strongly believe in are just fads that come and go with the passing of time. The criminal code changes constantly as society revises its opinions on what behavior is acceptable and unacceptable. Progress does not go in a straight line, but rather, new ideas get adopted, and then society decides that it erred and should go back to the old ideas, before it changes its mind once again, and the cycle repeats itself.

When people want to silence a dissident viewpoint, it's usually because they aren't prepared to defend whatever happens to be the orthodoxy of the moment. They know their weakness and they want to distract from it by attacking the one who challenges them. I think it's worthwhile to call them out for that and speak the truth anyway.

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