Author Archives: Thomas L. Knapp

Istvan: Aging is a disease

Zoltan Istvan, the Transhumanist Party’s 2016 presidential candidate, is now seeking the Libertarian Party’s 2018 nomination for governor of California. Istvan reports on the Google+ social network that The Daily Dot has published “[t]he first of my major #Libertarian policy articles for my California gubernatorial run.”

Titled “Why aging is a disease,” with the teaser “The future of Libertarianism could be radically different,” the piece argues that aging, disease and other “natural” ills are no less violations of the non-aggression principle than is human initiation of force:

A challenge has recently been posed to the non-aggression principle.

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MT: Green Party sues for inclusion in special congressional election

Per Missoula’s KGVO radio news:

39 year-old Thomas Breck of Missoula is the Green Party candidate for the Congressional seat vacated by Ryan Zinke, who was recently confirmed as Secretary of the Interior.

Breck, the father of three, is a carpenter and a student at the University of Montana. He explains why the Green Party has had to sue to be included on the special election ballot set for May 25.

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Virginia: Former Libertarian Congressional Candidate, Convicted of Presidential Death Threat, to Run for State Legislature

As reported by WUSA 9 News:

Eight years after he emailed the Secret Service and threatened to kill President Barack Obama, a Northern Virginia man is now out of prison, equipped with enough signatures in at least one county to run for the House of Delegates. … [Nathan Daniel] Larson intends to run for Virginia’s 31st House District, an area encompassing Prince William and Fauquier Counties.

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Montana Green Party holds first statewide convention in 10 years

From The Missoulian:

The Montana Green Party held its first statewide convention in 10 years Saturday at the University of Montana’s Payne Family Native American Center, where party supporters appointed committee members, elected a candidate for the upcoming special election and heard from Green Party 2016 presidential nominee Jill Stein via Skype.

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Iowa: Libertarians Gain Official Party Status

From the Ottumwa, Iowa Courier:

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced that the Libertarian Party of Iowa has obtained official political party status in Iowa, effective March 1. Libertarian presidential nominee, Gary Johnson received 59,186 votes, which was 3.8 percent of the vote in the November 2016 general election, surpassing the two percent threshold required by Iowa Code to obtain official political party status.

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Woods Interviews Harlos on the State of the Libertarian Party

On the latest episode of his eponymous podcast, historian, author, Ludwig von Mises Institute senior fellow and non-party libertarian Tom Woods is joined by Libertarian National Committee Region 1 representative (and Libertarian Party Radical Caucus member)  Caryn Ann Harlos. Topic: “Where Is the Libertarian Party Today, and Where Is It Going?”

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Libertarian Party to Muslims: We stand with you

The Libertarian National Committee issued the following press release on January 29 (original here). Note that this release came out prior to Sunday’s Quebec mosque attack and prior to full bloom of the constitutional crisis over US president Donald Trump’s entry/travel ban on citizens of some Muslim countries. There may be additional LPHQ statements as those situations develop.… Read more ...

LPCO Director and LNC Region 1 Representative Caryn Ann Harlos Files Suit in Colorado to Fight Restrictions on Political Speech

censored-screen-shotSuit was filed in the District Court for Colorado on behalf of Caryn Ann Harlos (Libertarian Party of Colorado Communications Director and Region 1 Representative of the Libertarian National Committee–personally and not in the names of these organizations), Kiyomi Bolick, and Andrew Madson alleging that Colorado Revised Statute 1-13-712, subsections 1 and 3, violate their civil rights to free political speech.… Read more ...

Excerpt: Surely We Can Do Better?

George Phillies — author of a number of books on Libertarian Party topics, as well as a long-time party activist and past candidate for the presidency of the United States and the chairmanship of the Libertarian National Committee — recently published his latest work on Libertarian Party campaign finance, titled Surely We Can Do Better?Read more ...

FEC Orders Gary Johnson’s 2012 Campaign to Repay $332k

In a letter dated April 5 and addressed to Governor Gary Johnson and Gary Johnson 2012, Inc., the Federal Election Commission states that it has “determined, after administrative review, that Governor Johnson and the Committee must repay $332,191 to the United States Treasury. Governor Johnson and the Committee must repay this amount within 30 calendar days after service of this determination.” Attached to the letter is a detailed statement of reasons, summarized as a finding that “the Committee used matching funds to defray non-qualified campaign expenses.”

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Minnesota Libertarians: Just Say No to Jesse Ventura

English: Image of Gov Jesse Ventura

English: Image of Gov Jesse Ventura (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As he does every four years, former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura has recently publicly mulled a run for the presidency of the United States. This time, he says any such run would take place on the Libertarian Party’s ballot line.

The Libertarian Party of Minnesota’s executive committee isn’t buying.… Read more ...

Book Excerpt: George Phillies on Barr 2008

U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate George...

George Phillies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Long-time Libertarian Party activist, former presidential candidate and frequent IPR commenter George Phillies is also the author of numerous books, including Funding Libertyan examination of how Harry Browne‘s campaigns in 1996 and 2000 were financed and where the money went.

Phillies is hard at work on his latest book, tentatively titled Scampaigns, which covers similar information on the 2008 and 2012 Libertarian Party presidential campaigns of, respectively, Bob Barr and Gary Johnson.… Read more ...