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Last Chance to serve on 2010 LP Platform Committee!

If you’d like to serve on the platform committee for the next convention, please write up an email that includes three sample platform planks and a short essay on your qualifications and send it to LP Secretary Sullentrup. Angela Keaton writes: Platform Committee will be chosen at the San Diego meeting. You should send the […]

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Why I Joined the Boston Tea Party

A libertarian political party should be (a) transparent, (b) bottom-up and not excessively hierarchical, (c) structurally free of common causes for infighting and schisms (like the platform), and (d) member-oriented. This is true of the Boston Tea Party. Sadly, this is not true of the Libertarian Party of 2008. Parallels with the Free State Project […]

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LNC Falls Short of Own Policies on Transparency, Due Process

The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) Policy Manual, 44 pages of rules, responsibilities and procedures for the LNC and LP headquarters, was released this week by Marc Montoni of the Virginia LP. Dated June 26 of this year, a close reading of the manual reveals significant differences between policy and practice in the national Libertarian Party.

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LP Candidates Need Better Websites

While doing research for Libertarian Party Candidates earlier this month, I noticed that most of the more than 550 LP candidates running this year do not have websites. And of those who do, few are effective. By effective I mean: Effective Candidate Websites are professional-looking and aren’t straight out of 1995. highly readable: good-looking large […]

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Guess How Many Libertarians are Running for Office this Year

I was reading a Libertarian Party document from 2000 the other day that named a goal of fielding 218 LP candidates for the US House of Representatives; that it would be the first time since the 1800’s that a third party had competed for a majority in the House. I Expected to Find a lot […]

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We Need a Libertarian Contract with America for 2010

Given the choices we face this year for President, it’s likely we will get another tax-and-spend, civil-liberties-eroding, foreign-adventuring head of state. And even if we don’t, and Bob Barr is elected, he will still need a Libertarian Congress if he’s to get much done. If it Works… The Republican Contract with America is generally believed […]

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Why the Libertarian and Constitution Parties Could Never Merge

The Partial Observer thinks the Libertarian and Constitution parties should merge, since either party could have nominated Ron Paul. “If both parties would have backed the same guy,” the author asks, “why have two parties?” The Non-Aggression Principle He succinctly answers his own question in the next paragraph. LP members tends to favor open immigration, […]

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Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Ruwart: Taxation with Representation Is Still Tyranny

LP presidential candidate Dr. Mary Ruwart presents an insightful argument against taxation. Well worth the 5-minute read. You can find here campaign at votemary2008.com. One day, the “necessary evil” of taxation will be recognized for what libertarians know it to be: legalized theft, a hindrance to civilization, prosperity, harmony, and happiness. With taxation, we take […]

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Ron-Paulians will NEVER take over the GOP!

I find it entirely irrational and self-deceptive to think that Ron-Paulians are going to take over the GOP or even have any significant impact. When Ron Paul theoretically had a shot at the GOP nomination I was right in there with many many other people promoting him and donating money. That time has now passed. […]