Author Archives: Marc Montoni

LPCO: Big Convention, Big Plans

From a Media Release by the Libertarian Party of Colorado:

The Libertarian Party of Colorado held its annual convention last weekend, March 24-26 2017, at the Westin hotel in Westminster Colorado.

Events began on Friday with a mixer, and concluded after business on Sunday.  The event included many speakers from around the country, and resulted in many changes to the makeup of the party’s leadership.… Read more ...

Jay Stooksberry: The One Reason We Can’t Solve the Gendered-Bathroom Issue

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Bloke or Sheila? Caballero or Señora? Sailor or Mermaid? Stallion or Filly?

We’ve all been there before—excusing ourselves from our meal while we dine out at our favorite local restaurant, only to find ourselves at a curious crossroads of picking the appropriate (yet obnoxiously-named) gender-specific bathroom.

This has become a hot topic of late—the gender-specific bathrooms that is, not the obnoxious names.… Read more ...

Brent DeRidder: Taxation Is Theft

Taxation is theft because words have definitions. Words evolve so perhaps one day taxation will not be theft. However, the idea will be the same despite having to be expressed using different words.

Taxation is theft even if you buy me something nice with the money.

Taxation is theft even if you buy someone else something nice with the money.… Read more ...

Arvin Vohra: Freedom and Irresponsibility

By Arvin Vohra, Vice Chair, Libertarian National Committee via FB:

How does real libertarianism, which is freedom + responsibility, address buying a computer? Simple: you can buy whatever computer you want, as long as you pay for it.

It isn’t, “You get to buy whatever computer you want, and then taxpayers have to pay for it.” That would be freedom + irresponsibility.… Read more ...

Brent DeRidder: We Will!

Posted by Brent DeRidder on facebook:

Are you advocating Liberty everyday?

What am I saying? Of course you are. You love to debate, to share your opinion, to shake your fist violently at statism wherever you see it. You are passionate, diligent, and driven.

Are you making a difference?

Absolutely.… Read more ...

Karl Dickey: ‘Where Have You Been For the Last Eight Years?’

[NOTE: Karl Dickey is a long-time Florida Libertarian Party activist and recently posted the below article.  IPR readers may be interested in this discussion because the topic seems to come up a lot here and elsewhere.]

By Karl Dickey

Where were all these protesters when Barack Obama was bombing innocent people in countries from which these immigrants are running?… Read more ...

Rick Caldwell: ‘What About Me, Sadowski?’

[NOTE: Steven Thomas Sadowski a registered Libertarian in Massachusetts, recently called for a purge of all anarchists from the Libertarian Party.  Rick Caldwell, an active LP member in Virginia, wrote a response.  IPR readers may be interested in this discussion because the topic seems to come up a lot here and elsewhere.] 

 

 

So what about me, Mr.… Read more ...

D. Frank Robinson: Can Libertarianism Be Co-Opted?

Some Libertarians have hoped that the LP could achieve its stated goals by having its platform co-opted and enacted by either or both of the entrenched status quo parties.

However, forty years of political history counter this hope.

Why?

As a matter of historical fact alternative party issues have been co-opted rhetorically into the entrenched parties platforms and talking points. … Read more ...

OR: LPO Convention Elects New Chair, Replacing Reeves

From a release by the LPOregon (not the group recognized by the Secretary of State or LPHQ):

Despite all of the internal issues with which the LPO has had to contend in recent years, members gathered at Pendleton’s Red Lion hotel on March 21st for the LPO’s 2015 Annual Business Convention.… Read more ...

MI: Libertarians Issue Statement In Opposition To Proposal 1

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Lansing MI – The Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Miichigan has issued the following statement in opposition to the state’s ballot question, the Michigan “Sales Tax Increase for Transportation” Amendment, aka Proposal 1 (May 2015):… Read more ...

Will Hammer: Put the Hammer Down on Your Virginia Ballot

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From a media release by Virginia LP candidate Will Hammer:

It is with great pleasure that I formally announce my candidacy for Virginia’s House of Delegates 20th District. Though I did not get elected last year, I gained a lot of experience and look forward to running again. I am very proud of my campaign last year and look to bring that momentum to this race.… Read more ...

Paul Frankel: Is OAI diverting resources from the LP?

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Editorial submitted by Paul Frankel:

Recently, Libertarian Party state chairs have been discussing on their list why the dues paying membership of the national LP is declining. This decline is happening at the same time that the LP nationwide is growing its voter registration faster than any other national party, had its best presidential ballot access retention following a midterm election in the party’s 43 year history and the best of any alternative party in a century, is on the winning side of most public policy issues as seen by the results of ballot initiative votes all over the country, was the only nationally-organized party to get more votes in 2014 than 2010, got the party’s best numerical results (out of 11 attempts) and a close second in percentage terms for its presidential ticket in the most recent presidential election… a time when record numbers of Americans are telling opinion pollsters that a new major party is needed and that government is way too big.… Read more ...