John McAfee: No Proof Russians Hacked The Election

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Distributed Voting for Libertarian Party Presidential Candidates: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

By D. Frank Robinson, co-founder of the LP and founding chair of its Bylaws Committee

Historically, an American political party has not been a consistent entity; rather, it has been an ever-changing mix or coalition of individuals and groups who use the institution of a party to advance their own particular economic and social goals through a charismatic figure for President – when available.… Read more ...

Open Thread for March 2017

It appears that a new month has already started. Well, you all know what to do: this is your space to post anything you wish to share with your fellow IPR Readers. Hopefully, it will have something to do with our main topic of third-party and independent politics, but we won’t hold you to that.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: ‘“Making America Great” at Americans’ Expense’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

Donald J. Trump was a builder of casinos and high-priced hotels and golf courses. Now he is a builder of a tower of contradictions for the American people that is making “America Great” at their expense.

He made many conflicting promises throughout his presidential campaign. He was going to be the “voice of the people.” He was going to make their safety and their job expansion his number one priority.… Read more ...

PSL: What should we see in the ashes of the Standing Rock protest camp?

Emily Hannon at the PSL’s Liberation News:

The anti-DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) protest camp burned last Wednesday, teepees set ceremoniously ablaze by protesters before the police swarmed in to arrest anyone who dared remain on the camp.

As Donald Trump and his cronies strip away the rights of trans people, Muslims, immigrants, and now Native Americans with his executive order to accelerate the building of DAPL, it may almost seem the world is burning down, engulfed in the wealthy’s insatiable hunger to steal more and more from the oppressed.… Read more ...

Democrat Thompson, Libertarian Rockhold debate in KS 4th CD special election; GOP candidate MIA

Daniel Salazar at kansas.com:

Hundreds of chairs were filled at a Friends University auditorium on Thursday evening as Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold squared off in a debate for the 4th Congressional District special election.

A vacant seat between them was for Republican candidate Ron Estes, who did not attend.… Read more ...

LNC Seeks Applicants for Platform Committee, and Bylaws and Rules Committee

Andy Burns at LP.org:

The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) is seeking applicants to serve on the Platform Committee and on the Bylaws and Rules Committee for the July 1-3, 2018 national convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. The LNC expects to make the appointments during its April 15-16, 2017 meeting so as to give the committees plenty of time to complete their tasks before the convention.… Read more ...

LP.org: Our latest victory

Lauren Daugherty at LP.org:

Dear Libertarian,

Did you hear the happy news last week?

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced that they will not appeal the District Court’s decision that the FEC must uphold the law on their regulation of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

The Libertarian Party was a co-plaintiff in this case.… Read more ...

LP.org: Final round of voting on convention theme

Lauren Daugherty at LP.org:

Last week, we announced the contest to help choose our 2018 Libertarian Party National Convention theme.

Thanks to all who voted!

These top five advance to the next round:

$1,370 – I’m That Libertarian!
$1,097 – Pro Choice on Everything
$608 – Empowering the Individual
$220 – The Power of Principle
$155 – Building Bridges, Not Walls

These 11 have been eliminated :

$150 – Future of Freedom
$115 – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
$105 – Rise of the Libertarians
$75 – Free Lives Matter
$42 – Be Me, Be Free
$18 – Make Taxation Theft Again
$15 – Jazzed About Liberty
$15 – All of Your Freedoms, All of the Time
$15 – Taxation is Theft
$5 – Liberty Here and Now
$5 – Am I Being Detained!… Read more ...

Darryl W. Perry: Asset Forfeiture reform gets unlikely allies

Darryl W. Perry is chair of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire and sought the Libertarian Presidential nomination in 2016. Originally posted at fpp.cc:

It’s safe to say that asset forfeiture is in need of serious reform, and the idea seems to be getting some support from unlikely individuals.… Read more ...

Justin Tucker: My Path to Liberty

Justin Tucker at outrightusa.org:

There is a concept in sociology called political socialization. It’s a process in which one’s family, friends, community, schools, religious institutions, media and other factors shape how one forms their political philosophy. Because parents have the most influence over their children’s development, people generally tend to adopt comparable views on politics as their folks.… Read more ...

SC Green candidate David Kulma attends a meet-n-greet: Goldman Sachs vs Adjunct Professor

David Kulma, Green for Congress in SC's 5th

Green Party Watch:

SC Green candidate David Kulma attends a meet-n-greet. Three Democratic candidates address Rock Hill Rising.

Green Party candidate David Kulma attended a forum where retired Goldman Sachs executive Archie Parnell and two other Democrats addressed Rock Hill Rising.

March 15th in Rock Hill South Carolina a group of citizens took their virtual community to the “real world” by hosting a gathering of three contenders for the Democratic Party nomination in SC Congressional District 5.… Read more ...