Michael Prysner of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and Wayne Root of the Libertarian Party debate socialism vs. capitalism in this clip from Russia Today:
Also of interest to our Libertarian readers and some others, at the 6:10 mark in the clip Wayne Root says he is running for President in 2012.
Back in April, Wayne Root said the following while running for LNC national chair:
BRIAN HOLTZ: You’ve said that your latest plan is to not seek the LP presidential nomination for 2012 because the LP isn’t ready. Are there any concrete metrics that you would use to decide when the LP is ready?
WAYNE ROOT: If the Citizen Revolution really catches fire in the 2012 cycle, and the LP is unified and organized enough to lead it and leverage it, then we could see LP voter registration and sustaining membership increase dramatically, and 50-state ballot access would be within reach. That would be one way to know that the LP is ready for the kind of presidential race I want the LP to run. More likely is that I can lead this party to minor victories on the local and state level, and major improvements in a variety of metrics: fundraising, candidate training, media appearances, brand recognition, ballot access, excitement from college students, etc. If I can help to achieve this kind of slow but steady success for the next 4 to 6 years, this might just provide the perfect window of opportunity for me to run as President in 2016. Until then, I’m thrilled and focused on being the CEO.
And in February, Mr. Root is quoted as saying:
“People ask me: ‘You’re running for national Chair, will you run for President in 2012?’ Let me give you an honest answer: I think this party right now is too disorganized to ever do well in a presidential election. And I don’t think, until I can get elected chairman and build it and organize it and be CEO of this party for a few years, I don’t think it’s worth it running for president, or senator, or anything else — you’ll get 1% of the vote. I want to seriously run for president, after I’ve been national Chair, in 2016, after I’ve built this party, and we really are structured and organized, and I have a chance to actually get 5, 10, 15 million votes. And if luck happens, and we catch fire, and we catch lightning in a bottle, and maybe even win. That’s my current game plan.”
The youtube description of the clip is “At a time when the economy is still insecure, why is there an endless debate over capitalism versus socialism and which financial system actually works? A heated debate between Wayne Allyn Root a 2012 Libertarian candidate for president and Michael Prysner a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation takes place as both present their reason socialism or capitalism is the best choice. Michael Prysner points out that a single president is not the problem, it is the system”