TJ Roberts: ‘An Open Letter Regarding the Failed Libertarian Party’

TJ Roberts (left) with Ron Paul

TJ Roberts, the managing editor of Liberty Hangout and a contributor to the Radical Capitalist, wrote the following open letter discussing his dissatisfaction with the Libertarian Party and reasons for leaving the party.  Some notable passages follow the introduction.  The letter can be read in full at The Radical Capitalist.Read more ...

Green Party of Philadelphia Calls for Removal of Frank Rizzo Statue

GP.org:

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Earlier this month, white supremacists protested against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, VA, where they killed Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others. These events highlight the urgent need to examine and eradicate racism in our culture and institutions.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party Will Attempt Tennessee Party Petition for the First Time

Ballot Access News:

On August 20, the Libertarian Party national committee voted to help the Tennessee Libertarian Party get on the ballot for the 2018 election. This will be the first time the Libertarian Party has made a serious attempt to qualify as a party in Tennessee. The procedure, a petition signed by a number of voters equal to 2.5% of the last gubernatorial vote, is so difficult, no group has successfully used that procedure since 1968.

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Dick Gregory Dies

Ballot Access News:

Dick Gregory, the last surviving presidential candidate from the November 1968 election, died on August 20. He was 84 and was living in Washington, D.C. He was the Freedom and Peace presidential nominee in 1968. Here is a major obituary from the Los Angeles Times. Thanks to Irv Sutley for the link.… Read more ...

LIVE BLOGGING – LNC Meeting Kansas City, August 19-20, 2017

LIVE BLOGGING WILL START IN COMMENTS ONCE EVENTS COMMENCE.

https://www.lp.org/event/lnc-meeting-2/:

Libertarian National Committee (LNC) quarterly business meeting

Who: LNC and some staff. All Libertarian Party members welcome to observe the business meeting.

Live Broadcast: The LNC will attempt to stream the meeting live on the Internet. Be advised that broadcast quality has sometimes been low and intermittent.

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Test launching the 2018 Convention website “I’m THAT Libertarian”

Wes Benedict to LNC Business list:

We’re pleased to launch the 2018 New Orleans Libertarian National
convention website “I’m THAT Libertarian!”

https://libertarianconvention.org/

Special thanks the the Convention Oversight Committee for putting
together the packages and setting prices allowing us to start taking
discounted Super Early Bird registrations.

Click here to register today!… Read more ...

Susan Hogarth: ‘Engage! A brief note from the LPNC Chair’

Email from Susan Hogarth:

Fellowship, freedom, ENGAGE!

The 2017 Libertarian Party of North Carolina state convention has concluded and I am writing to you as your newly elected Chair. I’m incredibly energized and excited about the prospects the next two years will bring.

It was an historic convention, with record attendance and fundraising – many thanks to convention committee Chair James Hines and all those who assisted him for making this such a success.… Read more ...

Kaper-Dale Campaign Protests NJ Water Crisis

On Wednesday, August 16th, the Kaper-Dale for Governor campaign announced that Milltown and Newark, two New Jersey cities, has equal to or higher water lead toxicity levels than Flint, Michigan. The event where this announcement was made was held at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection in Trenton, New Jersey. Workers and passersby stopped to witness and join the rally.… Read more ...

WSWS: ‘Trump deepens appeal to fascist right’

Patrick Martin at wsws.org (associated with the Socialist Equality Party):

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, US President Donald Trump intensified his appeal to racist and fascist forces, bemoaning the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments” of Confederate generals like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

Trump’s comments were a calculated overture to the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday over efforts to remove a statue of Robert E.… Read more ...

Mark Anderson: ‘Weaponized Government’

Mark Anderson at Freedom Gulch:

An ugly trend continues to grow in America. Once held as the world’s standard, even if not entirely true, of liberty and tolerance, America has descended into darkness.

No longer do we follow the live and let live philosophy. The Golden Rule, or whatever variant you wish to describe it, has lost its place in our society.… Read more ...

Kn@ppster: ‘A Brief Note on Philosophical Debate versus Marketing Practice’

Kn@ppster:

One line I hear frequently in internal libertarian movement debate is that it’s entirely possible to be both a bigot and a libertarian. That is, one could conceivably have an aversion to some group (racial, gender/sexual minority, whatever) without advocating for the initiation of force against that group.

True as far as it goes, I guess.… Read more ...

Zoltan Istvan: “The Growing World of Libertarian Transhumanism”

(Note:Zoltan Istvan is founder of The Transhumanist Party, and ran for President in 2016. He is currently running as a Libertarian candidate for Governor of California in the 2018 election. IPR previously published excerpt from a response to the following article)

Transhumanists are curiosity addicts. If it’s new, different, untouched, or even despised, we’re probably interested in it.… Read more ...