The best thing that can happen to libertarianism is
the downfall of the Libertarian Party. I would be
absolutely THRILLED if the so-called Constitution
Party took off and bled off the flaky religious
zealots from the Republican Party. Don't you think
most people with political experience know that? The
LP is the worst thing that ever happened to
libertarians because it segregated and marginalized
Having seen what happened to the Reform Party from the
inside out, I know first hand that there are people
whose mission it is to ensure small government "-ism"
is marginalized, and religious zealotry is in the
mainstream - because they are easily manipulated to
accept big government solutions. I have to believe
that what is happening to the LP is identical as to
what happened in the Reform Party. Do not kid
yourself. There are people on our list who are
well-funded and positioned to try to ensure that this
little caucus of ours goes nowhere. There is WAY too
much money at stake. And it is not the likely suspects
- the devil does not approach in a red suit with
horns... too obvious.
I saw two types of people making this work - people
whose sole purpose was to destroy the Reform movement,
and neophytes too naive to know they were being
manipulated. It really makes me wonder who's side you
are on Philip...
Ray Holtorf - Iowa
Behalf Of Philip Blumel
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 5:24 PM
Subject: [RLC-Discuss] LP Convention notes
I was unable to attend the national LP convention last
weekend as I
had just spent several weeks abroad and could not
away from work any longer. That, and the minor matter
that I no
longer qualify to be a voting delegate as I switched
I have been on the horn trying to collect information.
It is harder
this year, because so few people attended (under 300
it was not covered by C-Span.
The only real issue that jumps out at me as
significant is that it
appears the party has jettisoned about 80 percent of
as a result of an organized effort of the Libertarian
(www.reformthelp.org) and limited participation in the
The deleted planks were not replaced, but the party
could do so (and
I guess is expected to do so) at their next convention
in 2008. The
related effort to nix the Pledge failed, as a 7/8s
vote would be
required to achieve this.
The purpose of the Reform Caucus is to water down the
make LP candidates more attractive to voters.
issues of contention were military intervention,
trade and even drugs. I was told that the platform no
explicitly calls for drug legalization since the plank
and not replaced. I cannot verify this at the moment.
My initial reaction to this is sadness. It appears the
LP is turning
into the Reform Party and will head down the same road
irrelevance. Yes, the LP has always been irrelevant
the electoral sense), but it has been very influential
ideologically. Unfortunately, it appears it is the
ideology they are
snuffing out. What then will the party have left to
offer? And what
lessons (or opportunities) does this implosion offer
The full story will come out eventually. I am told
Doherty at www.Reason.com will have a story posted by
Until then, here's the official, but out of date, LP
blog on the
-- Philip Blumel, www.rlcfl.org
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