Dr. Tom Stevens, the former vice-chair of the Boston Tea Party who abused his position of power to unilaterally delete a motion put forward by Tom Knapp, is on the ballot in Colorado as the presidential nominee of the Objectivist Party. Alden Link — who as a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination received as many votes as the equally libertarian Robert Milnes (zero) — is the party’s candidate for vice president.
The Objectivist Party’s Web site says it was founded on February 2 — Ayn Rand’s birthday — of 2008, and that its candidates were nominated on June 14. Stevens, who was at one point seeking the BTP’s presidential nomination, resigned as vice chair on June 7.
The new party’s platform says “the crucial political issue of our age is: capitalism vs. socialism, or freedom vs. statism.”
Perhaps VP nominee Alden Link has undergone an ideological makeover. In Denver, he mocked opposition to the Federal Reserve System and fiat-money central banking. His main issue was “energy socialism” — a massive, centrally planned energy policy to achieve energy autarky. In keeping with (philosophical, non-partisan) Objectivists — who mocked Ron Paul for his dovishness — Link did vocally support an pro-war, Islamophobic foreign policy.
The Objectivist Party also has a Facebook group, which as of this posting, had 85 members.