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LNC debates declining national dues paying membership numbers

The July 2017 membership report has sparked some discussion on the LNC list.

Patrick McKnight writes:


I don’t understand why our declining membership isn’t our number one priority as an organization. These reports come out showing we have a real problem and no one seems to notice. Too often the LNC is too busy having pointless philosophical debates amongst ourselves while people are voting
with their feet and leaving the party.

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Joe Wendt for US Senate: “New LP of Florida Chair undermines Libertarian principles in favor of white nationalists”

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Joe Wendt

Contact: Raquel Okyay, Campaign Manager
(c) 813-445-1659 (e)
July 29, 2017

Tampa – Libertarian Party Candidate for U.S. Senate, Joe Wendt, condemns LPF Chair, Marcos Miralles, for pursuing a policy that promotes white nationalists within the Libertarian Party of Florida. “Mr. Miralles has appointed known white nationalists to leadership positions.”

When bombarded with complaints from the membership regarding the rise of white nationalism, Miralles has used his position to aggressively marginalize anyone who complains, said Wendt.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party supports immigrants

For immediate release
Aug. 3, 2017

Contact: Elizabeth Brierly: Media [at] LP [dot] org or (408) 930-4172

Libertarian Party supports immigrants

Yesterday, a senior Trump aide dismissed the Statue of Liberty’s poem that welcomes immigrants.

The poem famously says, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

It is a cherished line that embodies the timelessness of immigrants coming to America in search of freedom and prosperity, wanting simply to build a better life for themselves.… Read more ...

LNC Secretary suggests going after party caucus(es) for trademark infringement

LNC Secretary Alicia Mattson to LNC list:

(LNC Counsel -p) Oliver Hall’s attention is requested for this email:

LP Bylaws, Article 5.1, “No person, group or organization may use the name “Libertarian Party” or any confusingly similar designation except the Party or an organization to which the Party grants affiliate party status or as otherwise provided in these bylaws.”

This provides a very narrow scope for use of our party name.

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LP Bylaws Committee Transparency Issues

Message posted in LNC Business Discuss – a group any LP member can join and view.

“LP Member in a private post:

Despite the fact that transparency is necessity for committees to:

1) Ensure committee member accountability;
2) Educate the membership on committee members and positions held;
3) Provide additional insight into reasoning behind proposals;
4) And, serve as a safeguard for committee members so that their words / positions are not represented without context or accuracy…

The LP Bylaws Committee has none.… Read more ...

IPR turns 9 years old

IPR was launched exactly 9 years ago, on May 20th, 2008. By sheer coincidence – I was not here when the site started, but I was here not very long after that – I had a birthday today as well; a number also associated with a popular caliber of pistol, the sum of the two digits of which adds up to 9.… Read more ...

New York Assembly Passes Bill Moving Independent, Alt Party Petition Deadline from August to May

Ballot Access News:

On May 15, the New York Assembly passed AB 3052 by 127-16. Among other things, it moves the deadline for independent candidate petition deadlines from August to May. Here is the text; see section 13, subdivision 9, of the bill, at the bottom of page seven.

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Libertarian drops out of Meridian, MS mayoral race; cites “security reasons”

According to articles at the Meridian Star and WTOK, Mariner Durant, who had been running as a Libertarian for Mayor of Meridian, MS, dropped out of the race due to “security reasons.” According to discussions on facebook, those security reasons were death threats that had been made against him. … Read more ...

Vohra responds to criticism again

Arvin Vohra has faced criticism and some calls for his resignation or removal as LNC Vice-Chair for a series of facebook posts he has made about the US military. He previously responded to this criticism but has now issued a new response, which follows, perhaps because his previous answer was criticized for being too long.Read more ...

Ralph Nader: ‘Schooling for Myths and Powerlessness’

Ralph Nader at the Nader Page (

All over America, school children are completing another academic year before their summer vacation. This invites the questions, what did they learn and what did they do with what they learned?

I’m not talking about their test scores, nor the latest fads in rebranding education, like the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum that de-emphasizes the first two thirds of the old mantra – reading, writing and arithmetic.… Read more ...

Brian Becker at the PSL’s Liberation News: ‘Trump and Nixon: A lesson not learned by the U.S. left’

Brian Becker at Liberation News, the Newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation:

The radical, leftist trajectory of the grassroots resistance movement of the 1960’s and early 1970’s was brought to a screeching halt as a result of “Watergate” when a coalition of right wing and liberal bourgeois political factions in Congress united to bring down Richard Nixon in 1974.… Read more ...

New Jersey Green Party Gubernatorial Nominee Included in NAACP Forum with the Democratic and Republican Candidates

Ballot Access News:

Reverend Seth Kaper-Dale was nominated by the New Jersey Green Party to be its gubernatorial nominee on October 31, 2016, an entire year before the November 7, 2017 election. He was included in the NAACP/New Jersey Institute for Social Justice gubernatorial forum held May 1. See this story.… Read more ...