Tom Woods: What I Told the Libertarian Party’s National Convention

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Paul Frankel: Why Libertarians need to denounce the Alt Right and white nationalists and don’t need to worry about libertarian socialists and antifa

Submitted to IPR by Paulie:

As part of my efforts as a writer here at IPR, I monitor the news for stories about the LP. If you look at google news (news.google.com) for “libertarian” or “libertarian party” these days you will find some disturbing connotations. Among the stories on the very first page of results for libertarian as of when I looked it up yesterday:

Does libertarianism have an alt-right problem?

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Green Party of NJ Co-Chair and Assembly Candidate Condemns Racially Charged Facebook Post by Assemblyman Parker Space

GP.org:

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TRENTON, N.J. (Aug. 29th, 2017) – In the aftermath of this past weekend’s racially charged Facebook post by Assemblyman Parker Space (R – 24th District), Green Party of New Jersey Co-Chair and General Assembly candidate in the 24th Legislative District Aaron Hyndman issued the following statement:

When my current representative in the state legislature, Assemblyman Parker Space, posted a picture on Facebook of him and his wife posing in front of a Hank Williams-themed Confederate Flag decorated with the phrase “If the South would have won, we would have had it made,” he sarcastically captioned the image with the phrase “Hope no one is offended!Read more ...

Janitor Joe Wendt for US Senate (FL): Labor Day Money Bomb

Forwarded message from “Janitor Joe” Wendt, who is seeking to get on the Libertarian primary ballot for US Senate in Florida:

Want to help me get on the ballot?
Help Me Raise $1000 on Labor Day!!!

My name is Joe Wendt. I am a Navy Veteran and a blue collar janitor from Tampa.… Read more ...

LNC Seeks Applicants For Candidate Support Committee

Andy Burns at LP.org:

Please Apply by September 15, 2017:

The Libertarian National Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on its recently created Candidate Support Committee. The duties of this Committee will include formulating recommended criteria for future consideration of monetary support for down-ticket candidates and assisting the Candidate Support Specialist (to be hired).… Read more ...

Peter Diamondstone, Founder of Liberty Union Party, Dead at Age 82

Ballot Access News:

Peter Diamondstone, age 82, died on August 30. He founded the Vermont Liberty Union Party in 1970 and ran for a statewide office in Vermont every two years since then. See this obituary, which has a nice quote about Diamondstone from Bernie Sanders. Thanks to James Mahoney for this news.… Read more ...

Nicholas Sarwark: ‘The New War on Drugs’

Nicholas Sarwark at LP.org:

Dear Libertarian,

In a recent address to law enforcement officers, the President announced his commitment to the War on Drugs and said his administration would be “ruthless” in this war.

He blames illegal drugs for 75-80 percent of the crime in our country.

You and I know how arbitrary and manipulative that statistic is.… Read more ...

LP.org: Conference Call on Dying with Dignity with Mary Ruwart 9/5/17

LP.org:

You are invited
to a special conference call on

Dying with Dignity

featuring

Dr. Mary Ruwart

Tuesday, September 5

6 PM Pacific
7 PM Mountain
8 PM Central
9 PM Eastern


Dr. Mary J. Ruwart has been a libertarian activist and candidate since the 1980s. She is best known for her international best-selling libertarian primer, Healing Our World, which reaches out to liberals, Judeo-Christians, environmentalists, and pragmatists.… Read more ...

Frank Castro: ‘For Abolition: Prisons and Police Are More Than Brutality, They’re State Terror’

Frank Castro of the Hampton Institute at The Socialist (official publication of the Socialist Party USA):

In his speech “Terrorism: Theirs and Ours,” now deceased Professor Eqbal Ahmad elucidated five types of terrorism: state, religious, mafia, pathological, and political terror of the private group. Of these types, the focus in mainstream political discourse and media has almost always centered itself on discussion of just one: “political terror of the private group” – organizations like al-Qaida, the Taliban, and ISIS.… Read more ...

IVN via LP.org: ‘Third-party candidates fight against ‘mafia state’ duopoly’

Bob Johnston at LP.org:

New Jersey Libertarian Party

The Libertarian Party and other third parties in New Jersey, dubbed the “mafia state” by the Green Party, are fighting back against electoral procedures that stack the deck in favor of Republicans and Democrats. The Independent Voter Network reports:

New Jersey’s 2017 gubernatorial race is a battleground for independent and third party candidates who feel the election system is rigged against them, and toward Republicans and Democrats.

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Rasmussen: More than half of voters have voted independent

Via Bob Johnston at LP.org:

Independent Voter

More than half of voters in the United States have voted for an independent candidate, according to data published by Rasmussen Reports. The Independent Voter Network elaborates:

Fifty-three percent of US voters said in a recent survey that they have voted for an independent candidate, according to a Rasmussen report published Monday.

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William Saturn: ‘On Charlottesville’

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A statue honoring Confederate soldiers in Charlottesville, Virginia

William Saturn is a citizen journalist who frequently covers alternative parties and independent candidates and an IPR author/editor. Original article at Saturn’s Repository:

After the events in Charlottesville this past month, I had to clear my thoughts. Discourse had, once again, reached a level of absurdity.… Read more ...