Category Archives: Libertarian Party

Civil Rights Leader & Libertarian Party Member Roy Innis Dies

Last week, Roy Innis, a Civil Rights leader and registered member of the Libertarian Party, died at age 82.  He had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.

Innis’s history of Civil Rights activism dates back to the 1950s when he became involved with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), which organized sit-ins and protests of racial segregation.  … Read more ...

George Dance at the Nolan Chart- The Social Contract: The Myth

Originally posted at The Nolan Chart:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” That may be the most famous thing Gandhi ever said (even if Gandhi never actually said it). Certainly it was true of Gandhi’s own movement; and it seems true of many others as well.… Read more ...

Dr. Mary Ruwart to be Featured Speaker at “Architects of the New Paradigm” Conference

 

Dr. Ruwart, author of Healing Our World: The Compassion of Libertarianism, former candidate for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination and former member of the Libertarian National Committee will be a featured speaker at the Architects of the New Paradigm Conference in Ashland Oregon, 25 to 26 March 2017. She will be joined by self-described “radical voluntaryist” Foster Gamble, whose 2011 documentary THRIVE  (and subsequent movement) explicates a path toward a libertarian/voluntaryist utopian future for humanity.… Read more ...

Caryn Ann Harlos: The 2016 LP Convention and “Taxation is Theft”


Revisionism is beginning in some circles.

“Taxation is Theft” was formally resolved by the delegates to the 2016 Libertarian Party Convention.

Jim Fulner (MI) moved that we adopt the following resolution: “Be it resolved, taxation is theft.” Following debate, the resolution was adopted by a voice vote.

Various ways have been proferred to diminish the import of this.… Read more ...

Travis Irvine: Biggest Political Winners and Losers of 2016

Travis Irvine at Huffpo:

As the wildest political year in recent memory comes to an end, it’s time for politicos across the spectrum to take stock of what worked and what didn’t in our modern political era. What victories should be hailed and what mistakes should be avoided in the future?

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Nicholas Sarwark: ‘No preferred flavor of statism’

Via email from LPHQ:

Dear Libertarian,

Some folks have asked me why the Libertarian Party is not participating in Jill Stein’s recount efforts.

My answer is that Libertarians don’t have a preferred flavor of statism.

We know that there is no significant difference between the oppressively big government offered by the Republicans and the oppressively big government offered by the Democrats.… Read more ...

Growth in Libertarian vote percentage in US federal races, 2004-2016

IPR reader Jim in comments on a prior post:

If one only looks at the races where voting for a libertarian was an option, the LP has taken a larger percentage of those contested elections for President, US Senate, and US House every year since 2004.

President (ignores states where the candidate was not on the ballot and had no official write in status)
2004: 0.33%
2008: 0.42%
2012: 1.00%
2016: 3.28%

US Senate:
2004: 1.19%
2006: 1.63%
2008: 1.74%
2010: 1.77%
2012: 2.12%
2014: 2.43%
2016: 2.83%

US House:
2004: 2.76%
2006: 3.07%
2008: 3.20%
2010: 3.23%
2012: 3.51%
2014: 4.25%
2016: 4.63%

I suspect the same is true for state legislative races, but I haven’t put together much data for those, yet.

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Darryl W. Perry: Church facing fine for hosting homeless

Darryl W. Perry at fpp.cc:

I was preparing myself to write a recap of the year that is almost over and then a story came across my facebook feed that changed my mind completely. I read a headline that perfectly answers the question posed by a meme that asks: “There are over 350,000 churches in America.Read more ...

National aggregate US House, Gubernatorial vote totals by party, 2016

Gubernatorial Totals by Party, 2016:

Here are national totals for gubernatorial races, by party, for the November 2016 election:

Republican 9,688,152
Democratic 9,288,358
Libertarian 392,890
Green 69,107
Independent Party of Oregon 47,481
Constitution 23,441
Independent American 15,912
Liberty Union 8,912

Independent candidates got 30,019. UPDATE: totals have been corrected to fix a Delaware error.

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Libertarian Party national office year end message

Lauren Daugherty at LP.org:

Dear Libertarian,

As you consider your end-of-the-year charitable giving, please consider giving to the Libertarian Party.

2016 was a record-breaking year for the Libertarian Party because generations of Libertarians such as you have been investing faithfully in our growth.

This year, we achieved ballot access in all 50 states and DC so that all Americans had the opportunity to vote for Libertarian candidates.… Read more ...

John McAfee: ‘I Can Guarantee You, It Was Not the Russians’

Posted to zerohedge.com

December 30, 2016

In case some of you were duped into believing this was evidence that proved Russia hacked the US elections, John McAfee would like to remind you that you’re probably a high tier retard and would believe virtually anything your government told you.

Crazy, but brilliant, John said “if it looks like the Russians did it, then I can guarantee you it was not the Russians.”

The Joint Analysis Report from the FBI contains an appendix that lists hundreds of IP addresses that were supposedly “used by Russian civilian and military intelligence services.” While some of those IP addresses are from Russia, the majority are from all over the world, which means that the hackers constantly faked their location.

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Opposition News: Alt parties make gains, shuffle rankings in presidential results (2016 vs. 2012)

By Mark Wachtler at ONN:

(ONN) Now that all of the 2016 Presidential election ballots have been counted and certified, including write-ins, we can see which opposition third parties grew, shrunk or stayed the same. With two unpopular candidates nominated by the two establishment parties – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – most of America’s third parties grew exponentially.… Read more ...