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Montoni: Short Answers to the “Can You Win” Question

By Marc Montoni

Most of the many thousands of Libertarians who have run for office since 1972 (estimated to be in excess of 25,000) have faced the inevitable question from reporters (and voters as well, but especially reporters), “do you think you can win?”

The question itself reveals the intellectually lazy view of politics as a horse race. … Read more ...

Marc Montoni: Just What *IS* The Consistent Libertarian Position on Marriage?

Posted by Marc Montoni on his Free Virginia blog on August 23, 2013. Montoni is an IPR contributor and Libertarian Party of Virginia activist. 

Last week (August 12 – August 17, 2013) I spent the week manning the Libertarian Party table at the Rockingham County Fair.  Our candidate for governor, Rob Sarvis, was on hand on Friday (8/16) and spoke to many voters about his campaign.… Read more ...

Marc Montoni: To really reach people, we need more than email

Marc Montoni in IPR comments:

One of the (many) things I have repeatedly tried to convince Libertarians of is that email is a woefully bad way to get real warm-body participation. They’re great for reminders, or for an occasional nudge, but they are NOT a recruiting mechanism. They *can* be used for recruiting and fundraising, but the fact is that real letters — not to mention ringing a doorbell and shaking a hand — work at a MUCH higher rate.… Read more ...

Marc Montoni: What hurts the Libertarian Party, extremism or lack of effort?

Marc Montoni from IPR comments in response to Robert Capozzi:


… gun extremism tends to evoke a certain image …

You know, it might be instructive for some people to “embed” in some of the alleged “extremist” groups before dismissing a particular point of view as “extremist”. Take the above use of “gun extremism”, for example.… Read more ...

Connecticut Ballot Access Bill

Ballot Access News:

Connecticut Senator Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) has introduced Proposed Bill 778, which cuts the number of signatures for statewide and U.S. House candidates, in the general election, down to 1,000 signatures. Current law requires 7,500 signatures for statewide candidates, and signatures equal to 1% for U.S. House candidates, which is always close to 3,000 signatures in midterm years and 2,400 in presidential years.… Read more ...

Marc Montoni: ‘The $1,000 Challenge’ for Libertarian candidates

Posted by Marc Montoni at Free Virginia:

So, you’re a Libertarian Candidate, and you want a big donation from me. Sure! I have $1,000 burning a hole in my pocket. You can claim it — all of it.

But it isn’t “free”. You’ll need to have some ducks in a row.… Read more ...

Marc Montoni: ‘Abolish Licensure, Prohibition, Checkpoints and Chases’

Posted by Marc Montoni at Free Virginia. Montoni is a Libertarian Party activist in Virginia, former national staffer, and one of the leaders of the LP Radical Caucus.


I had to shake my head in sadness and anger at the front-page headline and article, “Police Chase Tragedy”. Of course Darryl Harris bears primary responsibility for Mr.… Read more ...

Free Virginia: ‘FairlyTaxin”

Posted by Marc Montoni at Free Virginia:

In March of 2004, the members of the Libertarian Party of Virginia voted to endorse a national retail sales tax. Here is the language adopted in 2004:

WHEREAS taxing wages, earnings, investment, savings and, death destroys individual freedom and initiative; and

WHEREAS eliminating the Internal Revenue Service is a positive step in the right direction to restoring individual liberty; and

WHEREAS the 16th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States should be repealed; and

WHEREAS passage of H.R.

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