Another freedom party makes sense only if your goal is A) to displace the LP or B) to start an explicitly anarchist party. Competing with the LP to improve it makes about as much sense as Henry Waxman starting his own Democrat Party in order to replace John Dingell as the Energy And Commerce chair. Instead the Democrat caucus narrowly chose Waxman over Dingell, and then united to shove that choice down the throats of the Republicans.
The difference between a Party and a Caucus is politics 101. A Party is for uniting all the voters who cluster around a common policy goal/direction. A Party uses caucuses to settle internal disputes over strategy, tactics, or candidates — and then comes out united and swinging. Splitting from the Party over such disputes is inane if killing the old Party isn’t your goal.
Offering multiple parties/candidates to the voters in our quadrant of Nolan space is dumb for multiple reasons:
* Having multiple liberty-oriented choices tells voters that libertarianism is too incoherent to be worth understanding.
* Having multiple liberty-oriented choices tells voters that the freedom movement is too poorly organized to be worth supporting.
* Having multiple liberty-oriented choices vastly increases the cognitive/investigative burden imposed on a voter asked to cast her single vote for liberty.
* Having multiple liberty-oriented choices tells politicians that pro-freedom voters are far from being a coherent caucus whose votes can be earned (e.g. by the party not running an opposing candidate).
* Getting liberty-oriented candidates on the ballot requires a threshold amount of signatures/fees.
* Getting a liberty-oriented party ballot-qualified requires a threshold amount of voter registration and/or votes in statewide races.
* American elections generally do not allow fusion voting.
* American elections do not allow approval voting, but instead uses plurality voting.
* Duverger’s Law suggests the natural tactical response of voters to plurality voting is to gather into two parties straddling the political center along its major axis, or into one party for each natural cluster of voters in the political space.