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Thomas Knapp-Note to Media: Please Stop Calling Rand Paul a Libertarian

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By Thomas Knapp

“They thought all along that they could call me a libertarian and hang that label around my neck like an albatross,” Rand Paul said in 2010 during his Republican primary campaign for US Senate, “but I’m not a libertarian.”

Paul prevailed, beating GOP establishment favorite Trey Grayson in the Republican primary and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the general election.… Read more ...

Thomas Knapp: If Not NOTA, Who?

Thomas Knapp

Thomas Knapp is a blogger and long-time political activist. He was with the Libertarian Party for a while, but left the party a few years ago. After the announcement of the winner of the Libertarian Party’s chairmanship, Nicholas Sarwark, Mr. Knapp left this comment on the Open Thread for Libertarian National Convention June 27 to 29 expressing a change of heart, and left this “teaser”:

Dammit, Nick, ya got me.

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Thomas Knapp: Copyright Nazis. Literally.

Found on Thomas Knapp’s Facebook Page
Published to Thomas Knapp’s blog Kn@ppster

“You will never get the crowd to cry Hosanna until you ride into town on an ass.” — Nietzsche

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Copyright Nazis. Literally.

As I write this, the Center for a Stateless Society’s web site is down, as is the web site of its partner group, Students for a Stateless Society (S4SS), active on numerous campuses around the world.… Read more ...

KNAPPSTER: A Question for Gary Johnson

From an article posted on Knappster:

English: Gary E. JohnsonImage via WikipediaFollowers of third party political news are probably aware that on December 28, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson abandoned his campaign for the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nomination and announced that he’ll instead be seeking the nomination of the Libertarian Party.… Read more ...

John Jay Myers: Some Thoughts About Unions

John Jay Myers via facebook:

There was a time for unions, there is even a time for some unions today. I don’t agree with what unions have become, for the most part today they are a complete disaster. There are few things out there that can so damage an economy like an over zealous union with deep political connections.… Read more ...

Tom Knapp: ‘Wisconsin and Unions: You Can’t Get the Right Answer if You’re Asking the Wrong Question’

Thomas L. Knapp at Center for a Stateless Society:

The Big Domestic Policy Question of the Week, driven by Wisconsin’s government budget crisis, is “what to do about government employee unions?”

As the conventional wisdom would have it, collective bargaining between the state and government employees — cops, firefighters and most especially “public educators” — is breaking the government bank by locking the taxpayer into funding healthy wage, and sometimes outrageous benefit and retirement, packages for “public servants.”

Proposed solutions range from “suck it up and pay the bill” on the left to “outlaw government employee unions” on the right … and out in Simply Silly Land, from a guy who bills himself as “one of America’s leading Libertarian thinkers,” the suggestion that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker play Ronald Reagan and fire Wisconsin’s “public” school teachers (hint: Those teachers aren’t employees of the state of Wisconsin).… Read more ...

Libertarian Peacenik blog on Mark Hinkle, Wayne Root and the question of Libertarian Outreach to Muslims, Christian and Jews

This topic was previously discussed in the comments at LNC In Action, but not yet in an IPR post itself. Although this is always true, since this is a contentious topic, I would like to remind our readers that all opinions expressed are those of the author, in this case Thomas Sipos, not editorial statements by myself (paulie) or Independent Political Report.Read more ...

Only 29% of US Population (42% of registered voters) Participated in 2010 Mid-Term Elections

Posted by Darcy Richardson at Uncovered Politics:

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 4 — According to the Associated Press, 90 million Americans — only 42% of registered voters — pulled the lever for a congressional candidate on Tuesday. That’s just a hair under 29% of the US population of 310.6 million.

“So much for the consent of the governed,” says Thomas L.… Read more ...

Tom Knapp: ‘Iced Tea: The Unsweetened Truth About Tuesday’s Elections’

Posted at Center for a Stateless Society by Tom Knapp. Knapp was formerly involved as a candidate for office and party officer in the Libertarian Party as well as the Boston Tea Party (the latter of which he founded). He has since disavowed electoral politics and is currently promoting the Ⓧ2012 project to organize deliberate non-voters.Read more ...

Ⓧ Voters: it’s not apathy, it’s non-consent

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Ⓧ VOTERS: IT’S NOT APATHY, IT’S NON-CONSENT

Coming out of the 2010 mid-term elections, it’s too early to compile exact statistics — but odds are a majority of Americans didn’t cast ballots on Tuesday.

Some are disenfranchised by age restrictions, incarceration or other legal obstacles.… Read more ...

Tom Knapp: ‘Yes, this is a litmus test’

Posted by Tom Knapp at Kn@ppster. Knapp has held various internal offices in and sought public office under the banners of the Libertarian and Boston Tea Parties. :

People who refer to themselves as “libertarians” spend a lot of time arguing over exactly what they mean by “libertarian.”

Personally, I try to be fairly “big tent,” figuring that people who once self-identify as libertarian tend to get more consistently libertarian after doing so, if they’re a) accepted and b) encouraged to explore libertarian ideas, instead of just slapped around for whatever deviations they still cling to.… Read more ...

Kn@ppster on Libertarian National Convention

Posted by Tom Knapp at Kn@ppster:

I Volunteer

Left (your left, not mine): Kelly Wall, editor, Voice of Freedom (Libertarian Party of Tennessee newsletter).

Right: Two-term Wilson County (Tennessee) Commissioner and 2010 state legislative candidate Heather Scott.


Notes from Left Field

…[I]t was great to get to spend some time (not nearly enough time, but some) with Chris Lempa, James Tuttle, Gary Chartier and other left-libertarian luminaries at the Libertarian National Convention over the weekend.… Read more ...