view of the National Libertarian Party,… ‘An Outsider’s view from the Inside’
Since the LPUS had made overtures to The State in support of
the ‘War on Terrorism’ in 2004 there was a spike in the number of libertarians
that understood what was coming and why.
Of course the Libertarian Party was targeted for a take
The libertarian philosophy has been the biggest threat to
the ‘omnipotent state’ since before the first American Revolution. And in the
summer of 2006 the ‘Bad Guys’ had thought they had achieved a monumental
victory by the elimination of the detailed platform of the LPUS at a very
controversial national convention. But what hard core no-compromise
libertarians understood was that the Libertarian Party was a byproduct of
libertarian philosophy and not the other way around.
Of course there were the cooperative libertarians inside
that thought they were doing all of us a favor in their pursuit of getting some
sort of approval from their Mother-in-Law and the Statist talking heads with
opinions that they had come to value soooo much. But from the balcony they were
being cheered on by those that understood the effect of their actions and how
Six months after the take over of the LPUS at almost every
level inside of the party structure, a former LPUS presidential candidate
announced his running for the Republican nomination. Ron Paul embraced all that
the LPUS had just abandoned and the results were of no surprise to many of us
that were holding the remnant together for when just such an event would take
place. It wasn’t an ‘if’ it was a ‘when’. (to understand the references to the ‘remnant’
- Written in 1936)
Denver’s 2008 Libertarian
National Convention at the end of May was another opportunity for “An Injection of the Libertarian Infection into the Bone Marrow of the Libertarian Party (and America),… for
which there is no cure”. Understanding this goal makes it far easier to
understand why so many more libertarian activists are pleased with the results
of Denver than
you might realize. Since September of 2001 you might have been asking yourself,
‘where in the hell is the Libertarian Party?’ When needed the most, when
everything libertarians have been warning their friends and family about has
been happening all around us they are nowhere to be found at the national
level. It was the courageous efforts of local activists willing to work with
others of differing philosophies, but a common goal, to make the most of a very
bad situation under the watchful eye of Big Bubba Government. While willing to
join each other in a common effort, we initiated no force in an attempt to
change or take over other groups (that’s the job of political elections and political conventions).
The libertarian r3VOLution supportive of Ron Paul’s mission in 2007
and 2008 was the clear proof that decentralized libertarian freedom fighting is
a very effective method for the freeing of individual minds. Vote totals, money
spent, media (new and old) is an expected side effect of individuals left free
to express themselves when they don’t feel any need to consult a collective. There
are no rulebooks for a revolution. This is why libertarian philosophy is so
important to this revolution between the ears. If you turn into the ‘Bad Guys’
in order to defeat them,… then what was the point? But many simply seek the
‘Ring of Power’ to rule over others, instead of seeking to eliminate the oppressive
The Barr Machine did
not get the ‘cake walk’ they were hoping for. Of six ballots, ‘purist’ Mary
Ruwart tied twice and Barr was behind on the 5th before Barr and
Root aligned to get the endorsement needed to put them over the top (Wayne Root:
a recent Republican and former war supporter that was promised the VP slot in
exchange for his endorsement and support). But later the Libertarian National
Committee would see drastic restructuring with many new faces.
I made it clear that I support individuals coming over to
support libertarianism from anywhere on the political and philosophical spectrum.
But as my friend Barry Hess puts it, “They are welcome to join us,… not change
us”. And the press promotion by the LPUS staff and officers of the Republican Congressman and the Democratic Senator while excluding all of the well known libertarian candidates was too much for many to keep their silence.
In April of 2007 Barry Hess and I wrote a joint article
predicting what would happen with the r3VOLution and its relationship with the
LPUS. Barry announced his intention to seek the presidential nomination (should
a no-compromise candidate not represent us) and I the Chairmanship of the
National Committee. http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Feature-Article.htm?InfoNo=017893
Over a year ago we knew what was happening in American
politics and how and why the LPUS would miss the opportunity to participate in
a ‘libertarian revolution’ that had been developing across the planet at every level of society for at least as long as I
have been aware of the LP (1991).
Circumstances are such
that the viral effects of libertarianism will overwhelm any effort to stop its
spread. We are at the point that each attempt to stop the contagion only
increases the speed of the infection.
(Making over 150 signs in Phoenix to be put up all over Denver - 3 styles)
I fear that the Libertarian Party of the United States will
bring about its own worse fears in the next few years if they do not join the
libertarian revolution already under way,… the LPUS will become irrelevant.
In the late 1980’s it became very clear to me that the ‘bad
guys’ were never going to stop being bad anywhere and everywhere possible. It
was very clear early on to me that was just as true inside the Libertarian
Party at all levels. The only difference was that libertarian philosophy made
it very easy to spot the bad guys. The willingness to violate libertarian
principles to serve a collective (in this case, the Libertarian Party
collective) was a flashing neon sign that was easily noticed.
Neo-libertarians (or whatever they wind up being called) are
a collection of power seekers that have little interest in challenging the idolization
of an all powerful and all knowing government. They are far more focused on
getting their turn being in charge of it. It is this desire to ‘dance with the
devil’ that also manifests their support of laws that would control various
personal behaviors (Marriage, Sex, Drugs, Immigration etc.).
Not welcome anywhere else due to their stubborn tendency to resist the temptation to totally turn over the economy to central planning, these economic
conservatives like to think that they have principles. But they also think that
they can limit those principles to issues of economics (or whatever interests
them at the moment). Libertarians are a unique group in that they value freedom
itself with less regard for what it produces. While they are very confident
that the fruits of liberty are great, it is the ‘being left alone’ part of
freedom that attracts them most. This trait produces very little effort
worrying about what someone else might do with their freedom as long as it
doesn’t have a direct effect on the pursuit of _their_ own happiness.
The only argument that can be invoked as a response to the
simple advocacy of being left alone is the Fear of not having an ‘authority’ to
protect you from those that were left unchecked in your free society that are certainly
intent on doing you and your family harm. Well, most libertarians are just not
that easily scared. And as time passes it becomes very clear that ‘government’,
in its many forms, is not all it has been cracked up to be,… and in fact the
largest source of the fear.
Bob Barr’s conversion to libertarianism was deliberate,
planned and staged from the beginning. As a talk show host and as a producer I
witnessed first-hand the marketing of his break with the Republican Party after
his congressional defeat in the Republican Primary of 2002. Barr's defeat was part of a
campaign by the LP to target ‘Drug Warriors’
(The Libertarian Party has targeted drug
warriors in the upcoming election as part of a national "spoiler"
strategy to defeat leaders of the War on Drugs. The "Incumbent Killer Strategy" targets five federal
incumbents — three Republicans and two Democrats. The goal is to scare other
House and Senate members into backing away from their support for the War on
The power of the LP was felt. Over the next few years we
would see a campaign that had ex-Congressman Barr associated with the word
“libertarian” more than you would expect. Barr is a former employee of the CIA,
a well known Drug Warrior Prosecutor that turned Congressman to later vote for
the PATRIOT Act. Barr also wanted the Federal Government to determine the
structure of families with the ‘Defense of Marriage Act’.
Raised eyebrows from
libertarians after Barr’s quick conversion were common.
Often we would inquire as to what was the “road to Damascus” moment, the
epiphany, the enlightenment that prompted him to participate in a strained
effort to bend/break rules that would eventually place him on the Libertarian
National Committee in 2006.
Without having made any attempt at even emotional reparations
for the damage caused, Bob Barr was now deep in the heart of the very
organization that caused him to lose his seat in Washington, D.C.
Makes you go,… Hummmmmmmm.
But libertarian activists around the country (and the world)
were not interested. We noticed the methods and the players and understood this
to be just another stage of what had begun inside the Libertarian Party from
its start and something we had to go through on our way to where the ‘purists’
wish to go. Bylaws, Platforms, Campaigns and Candidates are no match for an
educated and dedicated libertarian activist.
The word ‘activist’ is used a lot by I and others to define
someone willing to actively work in the process of freeing as many minds as
possible with the truth. Since we believe it is almost impossible for someone
to unlearn the truth, it is to our advantage when a large number of people are
witness to lies as they are being told. Sometimes there are simple differences
of opinion (only time can demonstrate the results of differing opinions).
At the end of the convention the LNC had over half of the
committee replaced with individuals that are certain to help bring the LPUS
back to its roots over the next couple of years as we prepare for the 2010
Barry Hess and I were able to speak to the convention on
several occasions and make many new friends and alliances. Barry was the
morning speaker to the entire convention on Sunday just before the Presidential
Nominations and had a great impact on the future of the party I’m sure http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Feature-Article.htm?InfoNo=033867
Barry traded a place on the stage as a Presidential Nominee for the opportunity
to define the libertarian standard to the entire convention just before the
nominations started. (Barry Hess ran for President in 2000 and was an early favorite for the 2008 Race)
Barry Hess, I and a few other activists were able to engage
Bob Barr in a detailed discussion about the future of his campaign with a few
dozen others in attendance on a hotel patio after the nomination. Mr. Barr promised
the activists a detailed position paper from his campaign on the issues we
brought up (War – Troop deployment – Federal Reserve – Drug War – Immigration –
War on Terrorism etc.) within 2 weeks so that the activists could have a final
opportunity to make a personal decision as to where their efforts would be
focused during the coming election cycle. We made our opinions clear. We
believed that his campaign will struggle for money and that while he may get a
bump immediately following the nomination, he would make a mistake waiting
until it was too late to ask for forgiveness for his positions in support of
the Drug War. And be too late with a promise to stop it (he must be planning
for a Republican run in 2012).
For once, the issue of Federal Matching funds was _not_
brought up at a Libertarian National Convention. But I suspect that the promise
to raise 40-50 million dollars for the Barr/Root campaign of 2008 may not be
honored,… unless it is the American government/taxpayer that’s paying it. The
idea that we can advocate for the elimination of Social and Economic Welfare
using Political Welfare for such a campaign is,… hypocritical at best.
I have been a Libertarian Party Presidential Elector here in
every presidential election since 1996. The deadline for the filing of the
electors is May 30th here in Arizona and my
good friend Michael Kielsky is the Arizona state chair in
charge of the process. He needed one more name and knew that I would at the
very least make sure that the slot was filled with a Libertarian Party member’s
name. I was one of the few Ron Paul Revolutionaries that did not register
Republican to support Dr. Paul. Even as the ‘first RP-r3VOLutionary’ I felt no
obligation to give any credibility to a process I knew to be corrupt, so I
continue to work very hard ‘voting’ with every sign I make and every mind I
free. I still feel that we libertarian activists can accomplish a great
inside the electoral process by having our names associated with the word
‘libertarian’, even if I choose not to cast a vote in support of the process or
This year makes it all the more important to understand just
how autonomous the individual State Libertarian Parties are and that they are
responsible for their reputations. To be represented by a single individual at
the top of a collective organization is dangerous and not very ‘libertarian’.
So I suspect that individual libertarians around the world will make it clear
what they disagree with when Bob Barr gets into his campaign. But I am just as
certain that they will look for every opportunity to support libertarian
philosophy whenever advocated by Mr. Barr.
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