Mon 26 Jun 2006
This weekend, the Libertarian Party will have an opportunity to turn around their ongoing decline. But the list of candidates seeking to lead the LP is not particularly inspiring. Even if the best of the party is selected this weekend to lead us into the future, we have regressed so far that it will take 10 years just to get us back to where we were 5 years ago.
And then, once we reach that point, the know-it-alls will launch their attacks and bring the whole thing to a screeching halt again. I have no hope that this cycle will end.
But, I am a libertarian. I believe in the libertarian philosophy and I believe in the non-aggression principle. Joining the Republicans or Democrats is not an option for me.
We need a new paradigm for creating a libertarian society.
Certainly I am not the first one to think this. Several other people have recognized this and launched their own efforts at a new paradigm. The Cato Institute is one such organization – financially the most successful, but still, they have had limited effectiveness.
The Advocates for Self-Government is another such organization. They are an extraordinary organization, but their mission of teaching Libertarians to be better communicators is like casting pearls before swine. Many people may recall the visceral response I received when I suggested that a candidate “flashing for cash” was an embarrassment.
And, of course, there is the Free State Project. It appears to be a failing project and they seem to have created a lot of animosity in New Hampshire. And, face it, the Free State Project is the libertarian equivalent of Zionism.
One reader has suggested to me that we start a new political party – with bylaws to protect from these hostile, destructive takeovers. But I don’t believe the destructive egomaniacs can be kept away. There are people who will destroy a thing just to prove they can.
Right now, I feel like all the time and money I invested in the Libertarian Party is being stolen by people who aren’t libertarians. I’m not ready to invest my time and money again until I know that investment will be secure.
So I begin the process of looking for a new paradigm. Suggestions are welcome.
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