Sunday, February 14, 2016

Meet the musical, libertarian d'Oudney family

Interviewing Astra: International libertarian, musician, thinker, activist | - Garry Reed:

February 10, 2016 - "If music is an international language it also seems that American-style 'Non-Aggression Principle' libertarianism has also gone global as well, at least in the form of one hot bilingual musician named Astra F. d'Oudney and her musical parents Kenn and Joanna d'Oudney.

"Astra, born in England but living in France, defines herself as 'Chanteuse, Guitarist, Musician, Recording Artist, Singer-Songwriter' on her Facebook page. She does all of the vocals, lead and backup, on her albums but has also performed 450 live concerts in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Her music includes rock, pop, ballads and mood music.

"Astra's parents have played over 1000 concerts throughout Western Europe themselves and founded Scorpio Recording Company Ltd in London in 1983. They're not only a family of musicians but advocate rights and principles familiar to American libertarians.

"Together Kenn and Joanna d'Oudney have written Cannabis: The facts, human rights and the law: The report that includes a Foreword by Milton Friedman. While most Americans want cannabis decriminalized so they can smoke pot without getting arrested The Report, as they condense its title, is much broader and deeper in its scope. According to Astra's own summary 'The Report collates empirical evidence and the findings of fact of official clinical studies which exonerate cannabis and vindicate all cultivation, trade, possession and use. The Report establishes massive ulterior money-motive and perjury behind prohibition; and indicts government. The Report presents irrefutable legal grounds for restoration, relegalisation, amnesty and restitution.'

"Together the three d'Oudneys also run the Democracy Defined Campaign that advocates, among other issues, 'adoption of the genuine Trial by Jury.' By 'genuine' they mean the right and duty of jury nullification. Astra, in short, is not your typical pop diva. To learn more Libertarian News Examiner engaged Astra in this short interview.

Libertarian News Examiner: Do you consider yourself a libertarian in the American 'non-aggression principle' sense?
Astra: We are libertarians who champion individual rights – never impinging upon the rights of others – and 'regulation' of the role of government by jurors through Trial by Jury, as explicitly advocated by co-author of the US Constitution, James Madison; see "James Madison: The Publius Fallacy of Number Ten" in Democracy Defined: The Manifesto by Kenn d’Oudney. The campaign is all-inclusive and we avoid attaching any party-political labels to it....

LNE: You're clearly a second generation libertarian but what else attracted you to libertarianism besides your parents?
Astra: Issues of justice and liberty attracted me to non-party-political support for the constitutional laws which uphold universal secular human values. Without them we lose everything which makes life worthwhile and meaningful."

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1 comment:

  1. Dear George Dance,
    Greetings! Thank you for your interest. In response to your enquiry via Google+, I don’t have any videos but you may use the photo from the Garry Reed article if this serves your purpose.
    All the very best,
    Astra d’Oudney.