American Independent Party Nominee Inaugurated as President

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Today, Chief Justice John Roberts administered the presidential oath of office to businessman Donald Trump, the 2016 presidential nominee of the American Independent Party (AIP) (platform).  Trump was also the nominee of the Republican Party.

The AIP placed Trump on the ballot in California, where he received 4,483,810 votes (31.49%), his third largest statewide total after Texas and Florida.  … Read more ...

Civil Rights Leader & Libertarian Party Member Roy Innis Dies

Last week, Roy Innis, a Civil Rights leader and registered member of the Libertarian Party, died at age 82.  He had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.

Innis’s history of Civil Rights activism dates back to the 1950s when he became involved with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), which organized sit-ins and protests of racial segregation.  … Read more ...

George Dance at the Nolan Chart- The Social Contract: The Myth

Originally posted at The Nolan Chart:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” That may be the most famous thing Gandhi ever said (even if Gandhi never actually said it). Certainly it was true of Gandhi’s own movement; and it seems true of many others as well.… Read more ...

Dr. Mary Ruwart to be Featured Speaker at “Architects of the New Paradigm” Conference

 

Dr. Ruwart, author of Healing Our World: The Compassion of Libertarianism, former candidate for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination and former member of the Libertarian National Committee will be a featured speaker at the Architects of the New Paradigm Conference in Ashland Oregon, 25 to 26 March 2017. She will be joined by self-described “radical voluntaryist” Foster Gamble, whose 2011 documentary THRIVE  (and subsequent movement) explicates a path toward a libertarian/voluntaryist utopian future for humanity.… Read more ...

The Federalist Party in 2017

This email was forwarded to me. I am not yet on their email list.

This new year has brought about a combination of hope and fear in America. As Federalists, we share both perspectives. There is hope in hearing about a few plans to reduce government power, but there is also concern that these reductions will be mere tokens compared to the planned perpetuation of government overreach as well as increases in the federal budget.… Read more ...

Caryn Ann Harlos: The 2016 LP Convention and “Taxation is Theft”


Revisionism is beginning in some circles.

“Taxation is Theft” was formally resolved by the delegates to the 2016 Libertarian Party Convention.

Jim Fulner (MI) moved that we adopt the following resolution: “Be it resolved, taxation is theft.” Following debate, the resolution was adopted by a voice vote.

Various ways have been proferred to diminish the import of this.… Read more ...

January 2017 Open Thread

So, it’s 2017 (or very soon will be, depending on where you are and how soon you read this). What will the new year bring? Here’s Australia’s Juice Media’s take on it:

What’s yours? Discuss in comments.

And as usual, talk about whatever you want, even the duopoly (or, you know, something else), just don’t get us in trouble if you can help it.… Read more ...

Travis Irvine: Biggest Political Winners and Losers of 2016

Travis Irvine at Huffpo:

As the wildest political year in recent memory comes to an end, it’s time for politicos across the spectrum to take stock of what worked and what didn’t in our modern political era. What victories should be hailed and what mistakes should be avoided in the future?

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Nicholas Sarwark: ‘No preferred flavor of statism’

Via email from LPHQ:

Dear Libertarian,

Some folks have asked me why the Libertarian Party is not participating in Jill Stein’s recount efforts.

My answer is that Libertarians don’t have a preferred flavor of statism.

We know that there is no significant difference between the oppressively big government offered by the Republicans and the oppressively big government offered by the Democrats.… Read more ...

New Year’s Greetings from the Freedom Socialist Party: Make 2017 a Class Act

Email from the Freedom Socialist Party:

Wow, what a year. Everybody sees 2016 as politically extraordinary – literally, out of the ordinary. In some ways that’s true. In some essential ways, though, not so much.

During the U.S. presidential campaign of 1928, Republican Herbert Hoover promised voters that if he won, he’d put “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.” Just a few months later, the stock market crashed.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: Tripwires for the Trumpsters

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

The Trumpsters are coming to town—led by a failed gambling czar, corporate welfare king and major tax escapee—and they are hell bent on unmaking Washington, D.C.

With all three branches of government dominated by Republican members of Congress and Republican appointees—due to a mixture of abysmal deficiencies in the Democratic Party and the interloping luck of the atavistic Electoral College—the wrecking crew of Trump’s nominees to high cabinet and other positions brings with it a host of politically perilous baggage.… Read more ...

Growth in Libertarian vote percentage in US federal races, 2004-2016

IPR reader Jim in comments on a prior post:

If one only looks at the races where voting for a libertarian was an option, the LP has taken a larger percentage of those contested elections for President, US Senate, and US House every year since 2004.

President (ignores states where the candidate was not on the ballot and had no official write in status)
2004: 0.33%
2008: 0.42%
2012: 1.00%
2016: 3.28%

US Senate:
2004: 1.19%
2006: 1.63%
2008: 1.74%
2010: 1.77%
2012: 2.12%
2014: 2.43%
2016: 2.83%

US House:
2004: 2.76%
2006: 3.07%
2008: 3.20%
2010: 3.23%
2012: 3.51%
2014: 4.25%
2016: 4.63%

I suspect the same is true for state legislative races, but I haven’t put together much data for those, yet.

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