Category Archives: Liberty/Free Market Parties

Interview with Darrell Castle, Constitution Party Presidential Nominee

by Peter B. Gemma

darrell_castle_t720Darrel Castle, a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran, earned a Juris Doctorate from Memphis State University in 1979. Castle opened his own law firm in Memphis in 1984, and has concentrated his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and personal injury.

 A former Chairman of the Tennessee Constitution Party, he served as a Vice Chairman of the national party and was the running mate of Chuck Baldwin, the 2008 Constitution Party presidential candidate.Read more ...

Ian Freeman, co-chair of the NH Liberty Party, nets 1.5% of the vote in New Hampshire gubernatorial primary

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Ian Freeman

Today, New Hampshire held its duopoly primaries. Ian Freeman, one of the co-founders and co-chairs of the NH Liberty Party, a libertarian, single-state party founded in September 2012 which emphasizes the idea of New Hampshire peacefully and voluntarily seceding from the United States, competed in the Democratic Party nomination for governor.… Read more ...

Voters Need the Input and Impact of a Third Party

By Peter B. Gemma

66921681James Madison wisely observed, “When the variety and number of political parties increases, the chance for oppression, factionalism, and non-skeptical acceptance of ideas decreases.”

Marginalized policy initiatives can often bubble up into the mainstream because of independent candidates and third parties. In his book Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System, political strategist Douglas Schoen noted, “While third party movements and candidates have periodically emerged to challenge the status quo … none have ever come close to winning, though they did end up having a significant impact on policy formation as a result of their campaigns.”

Although the success of the Prohibition Party was fleeting, it is a good model of how an issue can come from a single constituency, evolve into a formidable political force, and flex muscle on Capitol Hill.… Read more ...

The New Poll Tax: Ballot Access Laws Foil Independent Candidates

By Peter B. Gemma

GiantMeteor2016There is no free market of ideas, candidates, or political parties on Election Day.

It’s not for a lack of demand. According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post survey, 57 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; 44 percent say they would prefer a third-party candidate to run.… Read more ...

Caryn Ann Harlos: Libertarian Rights and Discrimination

Bake the CakeThis is a position paper Caryn Ann wrote last year as a result of numerous debates with the late Dr. Feldman. She reports that for various reasons, including time constraints, and involvement with other issues, she had delayed publishing it. Due to recent “bake the cake” controversies, she asked that I review and publish it on her behalf.Read more ...

Libertarians at FreedomFest, Johnson, Weld; plus Barr and past VPs Gray and Root

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(Photo: Las Vegas: Sarwark, Weld, Johnson, Gillespie)
2016 Libertarian nominees Governors Johnson and Weld, as well as past LP POTUS candidate Barr (2008) and past LP VPOTUS candidates Gray (2012) and Root (2008) are scheduled to appear at this week’s FREEDOMFEST convention in Las Vegas. Live streaming video of many of the large room sessions can be found HERE.  … Read more ...

UPDATED: Liberty Singer Jordan Page’s Infant Son Needs Surgery-Can You Help?

Thomas Page

Jordan Page is a singer/songwriter who devotes his talents to spreading the message of liberty. We featured a song here at IPR a few months ago that was written and performed by Jordan about the death of LaVoy Finicum.

Jordan is also a family man–I believe the latest baby put him at six children.… Read more ...

New Presidential Sex Scandal Threatens to Explode All Over the Internet

William Saturn at The Saturnalian:

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A week after #CruzSexScandal set the Twitterverse ablaze on the heels of The National Enquirer’s exposé of GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, The Saturnalian could ignite a firestorm of its own with the following report of a sex scandal involving a “longstanding, well known Progressive” presidential candidate.… Read more ...

Ron Paul: Liberty-minded Republicans should “forget about” GOP primaries, support the Libertarian Party instead

Ron Paul, following the conclusion of his son’s 2016 GOP primary campaign, appeared on FBN’s Kennedy to discuss what’s next for libertarians. He urges libertarians and liberty-minded Republicans alike to “forget about the Republican primary, and for that matter Republicans and Democrats.” Paul insists libertarians have nobody to vote for among any of the remaining major-party candidates, and should instead seek out and support “an alternative party” such as the L.P.… Read more ...

Liberty Hangout and Charles Peralo from BeingLibertarian.com Podcast with John McAfee

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Published on Dec 29, 2015

Yesterday, Liberty Hangout and Charles Peralo from BeingLibertarian.com had the privilege of being one of the first outlets to chat with tech mogul, security expert, and founder of a centi million dollar web security company, John McAfee, about his 2016 presidential campaign. We asked John about a number of his policy stances, ranging from intellectual property, to social security, free trade, Bitcoin, and more.

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Doug Craig: John McAfee likely to run for Libertarian Presidential nomination

Libertarian National Committee member and former LP of Georgia state chair Doug Craig on facebook (H/T Caryn Ann Harlos):

Just got a call from USA Today newspaper. .they wanted to ask me about the John Mcafee campaign ..I told them I had talked to him about ballot acces and always welcomed all voices to the debate when it comes to freedom.

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New Party in Vermont Says it Will Qualify for 2016 Ballot

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From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

According to this story, a new party, the Green Mountain Party, has been organized in Vermont and it expects to be on the ballot in 2016.

From the article cited, written by Jasper Craven:

“When we vote, we as citizens think we’ve made changes on a local and state level, but we get the same results,” said 51-year-old Neil Johnson in a press release announcing the formation of the party.… Read more ...