Posted by Tom Knapp:
I don’t spend a lot of time trying to convince radicals who’ve rejected (or left) the Libertarian Party to re-evaluate it (or return to it).
That’s not because I don’t want agorists, anarchists, voluntaryists, et. al in the LP. As a matter of fact, I very much do want them there.
I just figure that most radicals who’ve rejected or left the LP did so after a process of evaluation, and that they remain satisfied that the conclusions they reached are correct. If that wasn’t the case, I wouldn’t have to chase them, they’d be knocking on the door.
Just this once, though, I’m going to join in the chase.
The LP is at a critical juncture. Its national convention this May will probably be the battlefield upon which a decision is reached — does the party finish its long swirl around the drain of its “right” wing’s cargo cult fetishes and go down for good, or does its “left” retake it, revitalize it and make it into a useful instrument for the pursuit of freedom?
I expect to have more to say on this subject in March in a speech at the Free State Project’s 2010 New Hampshire Liberty Forum (hint: The title of the speech is “What Is To Be Done?”), but Morey Straus is already presenting the argument for a radical recapture of the LP at takebackthelp.info. Check it out … and if you agree that the goal is a worthy one, get involved.