Author Archives: Thomas L. Knapp

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 ...

Transhumanist Party Candidate Zoltan Istvan Touts McAfee for Libertarian Nomination

When John McAfee declared his candidacy for President of the United States last September, he did so on the notional ticket of a new “Cyber Party.” In December, he chose instead to seek the Libertarian Party‘s 2016 presidential nomination.

Last Friday, another putative “new party” candidate — Zoltan Istvan, who declared himself a “Transhumanist Party” candidate for the presidency in 2014 — recommended, in a column for The Huffington Post, “To Grow Third-Party Politics in America, Make John McAfee the Libertarian Party Nominee”:

The good news for America is that the Libertarian Party will probably be on all 50 state ballots, meaning it’s possible that the Libertarian Party presidential candidate could significantly alter the outcome of the elections.

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L. Neil Smith Endorses McAfee for President

l neil smithIn a Sunday essay published at his Libertarian Enterprise, Libertarian novelist and essayist L. Neil Smith endorses John McAfee for the presidency of the United States:

After months and months of having to listen to RINOs, LINOs, and self-righteous conservative Republican religious cooties, who can’t keep their Invisible Playmate in their pants, John McAfee is a breath of political fresh air.

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Presidential Endorsement: Ewok for McAfee

Libertarian presidential aspirant John McAfee has been endorsed by an Ewok. No, not one of the little fuzzy creatures from Return of the Jedi — one of the big fuzzy creatures from The History Channel’s  Appalachian Outlaws. On his Facebook page, Chris “Ewok” Carswell, one of the ginseng hunters featured in the “reality TV” show, writes

I am making an official endorsement of a presidential candidate.

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McAfee versus Bush on Cyber Security

Highlighting his signature issue in the press, John McAfee — a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination — penned an op-ed, published Wednesday by Business Insider, calling out Republican contender Jeb Bush (whose own piece on the subject ran Tuesday) on cyber security:

The first serious candidate to speak out about their cybersecurity platform shows an utter lack of understanding of what is really happening in the cybersecurity world.

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Libertarians to US Lawmakers: Get Out, Stay Out of Iraq, Syria

From a Libertarian National Committee Press Release:

The Libertarian Party urges lawmakers to stop bombing in Iraq and to disengage operations in both Iraq and Syria.

“The U.S. government has been intervening in the Middle East for more than half a century under the pretext of achieving peace,” said Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee.

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