‘Tragic Prelude,’ a mural painted by John Steuart Curry, depicts John Brown’s role in ‘Bleeding Kansas,’ with the bloodshed, fire and tornado hinting at the coming Civil War.

George Phillies: January 6, 2021 – Our John Brown Moment?

Let us return to the unfortunate dead days of 1840-1860, the days leading up to the Civil War. The United States had two political parties, the Democrats and – toward the end fading out of existence – the Whigs. We had a series of Presidents, most mediocre.

At the start of the period, each party had a northern and a southern wing, the two wings being not wildly different in strength.… Read more ...

American Solidarity Party Chairman Skylar Covich Celebrates Wikipedia’s 20th Birthday

Wikipedia turned 20 today and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) marked the occasion with an interview of one of Wikipedia’s longtime administrators, the current chairman of the American Solidarity Party and longtime friend of IPR, Dr. Skylar Covich.

According to AFB, Covich, who was born blind, has edited Wikipedia since 2003 when he was still in high school.… Read more ...

New York Greens Call on Cuomo to Embrace a ‘Progressive Agenda’ in Coming Year

The Green Party of New York has called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to embrace “a progressive agenda for 2021, including Taxing the Rich to fund a Green New Deal COVID relief package, enactment of single payer health care, and passage of long-delayed marijuana legalization including reinvestment in impacted communities.”

In a press release prompted by the governor’s multi-day State of the State address, the Green Party noted they are currently suing the governor “over his law to kill off independent smaller parties.”… Read more ...

New Minor Parties Gear Up for Mexican 2021 Midterms

The United States’ neighbor to the south, Mexico, will be holding their equivalent of the midterms in July of 2021. Mexico has a similar electoral system to ours: President and a 2 Chamber Legislature, however their country has reforms such as proportional representation which have let minor parties thrive. Evident by the fact that 10 parties will have equal footing in the upcoming elections, 7 of which are considered “major” to a degree.… Read more ...

Green Party: COVID-19 “Rubs Salt in the Open Wound” of Longstanding Housing Crisis

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE 
FROM THE GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Green Party of the United States has announced a new congressional petition campaign for party members, candidates and allies to demand a permanent solution to the housing crisis. Greens say the COVID-19 pandemic threatening 40 million people with eviction severely aggravates a longstanding housing crisis.… Read more ...

Arvin Vohra Pens Open Letter to Libertarian National Committee

Arvin Vohra, former Vice-chairman of the Libertarian National Committee and a 2020 presidential candidate, wrote the following open letter to the Libertarian National Committee concerning social media censorship:

Recently, you spoke out against the violence at the Capitol. As a believer in nonviolence, and someone who lives just a few minutes away, I appreciated that you spoke out.… Read more ...

Ben Schmitz

American Solidarity Party Candidate Qualifies for Wisconsin Senate Special Election

Ben Schmitz of Sun Prairie, a software developer who serves in the National Guard, has filed more than 400 signatures to successfully qualify for a spot on the ballot in an upcoming Wisconsin special election. The contest to fill a vacancy in the District 13 seat of Wisconsin’s State Senate will include 4 Republicans, a Democrat, and 2 minor party candidates.… Read more ...

Lisa Murkowski

Senator Lisa Murkowski Flirts With Independence

Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski didn’t mince words when asked about her thoughts on the embattled president. The Republican Senator has had more than enough of Donald Trump.

“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” said Murkowski in a press availability at her Capitol office on Friday.… Read more ...

‘Let’s Party: A Movie to End the Duopoly’ Finds Major Support on Crowdfunding Site

‘Let’s Party’ is the brainchild of indie film director Brad Leo Lyon and is planned to be a hybrid documentary film with elements of narrative story built into it. The film project is currently raising funds via IndieGoGo and over the weekend was ranked as the #1 Trending CREATIVE CAMPAIGN on the popular crowdfunding platform.… Read more ...

L. Neil Smith: Twitterpurge 2021

L. Neil Smith, acclaimed science fiction novelist, Libertarian writer, and the Libertarian Party of Arizona’s 2000 presidential nominee, posted the following statement on Facebook Sunday.  He personally gave IPR permission to re-post.

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Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

Please bear with me here, I’m going to write of things I know practically nothing about.… Read more ...

First Libertarian to Win a Legislative Election in 20 Years Takes Office Today

Marshall Burt is the first member of a state legislature to be elected as a Libertarian since 2000, and he will be sworn in to his new office on Tuesday, January 12th at 9am Mountain Time. Back in November he defeated a long-time incumbent in a 2-way race to represent Wyoming’s 39th district.… Read more ...

Update: Small Changes Now, Big Plans for IPR’s Future

I was pleased to share yesterday that, as of a couple days ago, I am taking over as the new owner and publisher of Independent Political Report. Today I want to fill everyone in on my plans for the site and share some other background information.

SO WHAT’S THE PLAN?

In the short-term, very little is going to change.… Read more ...