Author Archives: Thomas L. Knapp

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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Libertarians for Life Leader Doris Gordon Dies

Per National Right to Life News:

Doris Gordon, founder and longtime coordinator of Libertarians for Life, died on July 7 at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Md., after a struggle with meningitis and other health problems. She was 85.

Read the whole obituary here.

Gordon was an early member/activist in the Libertarian Party and other libertarian organizations, as detailed in a message to the LP circulated at the 1996 and 1998 Libertarian National Convention and available online here.Read more ...

Florida: Overby Tops 30% in First Poll vs. Jolly

The race for US House of Representatives from Florida’s 13th District is a two-way affair: Incumbent Republican David Jolly, who beat Libertarian Lucas Overby and Democrat Alex Sink in a special election earlier this year, faces only Overby in the November vote.

In the first poll of their mutual prospects, commissioned by St, PetersBlog.com, Jolly leads Overby 47%-31%.Read more ...

Tonie Nathan, 1923-2014

Theodora “Tonie” Nathan was the first woman — and the first Jew — to receive an electoral vote in a US presidential election.

Not Geraldine Ferraro. Not Joe Lieberman. Tonie Nathan.

She was selected as John Hospers’ running mate at the Libertarian Party’s first national convention in 1972. Virginia Republican elector Roger MacBride — who later changed his partisan affiliation to Libertarian and was that party’s 1976 presidential nominee — cast his vote for Hospers/Nathan instead of for Nixon/Agnew.… Read more ...

VA: Sponsor “Suggests” Including Sarvis in Gubernatorial Debate

Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Governor of Virginia, is still polling just shy of the 10% average threshold for including in the final debate before next month’s election … but the debate’s sponsor, WDBJ TV of Roanoke, has put out feelers about including him in the event:

on Friday, according to an email obtained by The Washington Post, WDBJ’s news director, Kelly Zuber, wrote to the McAuliffe and Cuccinelli campaigns, “We have received quite a bit of negative reaction to the exclusion” of Sarvis.

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FL: Wyllie Resigns from “Fix the Debt” Leadership

Per this morning’s Sunshine State News:

Gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie, a businessman and veteran who has led the Florida Libertarian Party, announced in a letter on Thursday that he was resigning from the state committee leading Fix the Debt. Wyllie is a heavy favorite to be the Libertarian gubernatorial nominee in 2014.

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