In I’ve Evolved … into an Anarchist, George Donnelly writes, in part:
I’ll be phasing out my participation in political organizations, in order to consistently align my actions with my values. Here’s my todo list:
* Study the works of authors such as Lysander Spooner, Samuel Edward Konkin III and Murray Rothbard.
* End my membership in the LP and BTP. I’m especially ambivalent about the LP because the founder allegedly claims that the pledge is a renunciation of my right to revolution.
* Cease all donations to political parties, candidates or organizations that participate in the electoral process.
* Hand over de facto control of the LP Transparency Caucus and shadow bylaw and platform committees to someone else (if anyone even wants them). I will also be ending the “My LP” and Libertarian Party Candidates projects.
In the comments, I wrote (in part):
If you are willing to turn over the Transparency Caucus, Libertarian Party Candidates, and/or any other projects, I will do my best to keep them alive and recruit other people to do so.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lptcwg/message/124, Donnelly elaborates:
Since I’m ceasing my involvement in the LP, I’d like to hand off the IT resources of the LPTC to someone who has the interest and ability to maintain them. This would be just the yahoogroups list, the website (wordpress, self-hosted) and the domain I think.
In order to take ownership of the domain you would have to pay for a
year of registration at your domain registrar of choice. I won’t
charge anything for it.
I’d like to wrap this up by Feb 15.
I’ve offered to take over the yahoo group, and so far I am aware of Jim Davidson offering to help pay for the domain(s).
Disclosure: I helped push for the formation of several of these projects, including the Transparency Caucus and LibertarianPartyCandidates.us.
Rachel Hawkridge writes at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lptcwg/message/123
We need to get back to running candidates that are free to run the kind of campaigns that they are comfortable with – be it minarchist, republican-lite or, or full out anarchist. That’s what the LP has always done, and there’s no reason that we have to suppress our more Radical candidates. It’s also true that the most successful ones are neither Radical or Reform. They are just honest, freedom-loving people, with mixed positions, hones agendas, nothing else to prove. Munger in NC, Guthrie in WA, for instance.
As long as they’ve signed the pledge, and their positions don’t involve
forcing others to abstain from abortion, gay marriage or drug use, I have no problems with them holding those positions personally.
I have no problems with them running a platform that involves more freedom – medical marijuana (instead of full out abolishment of drug laws), downplaying choice because they are pro-life (as long as they don’t run on a platform to tighten abortion laws), etc. As long as they are willing to work towards, and run on platforms that ADVANCE LIBERTY.
What it is going to take is dedicated activists, committed to a TEAM,
We have lots of good, functional, state affiliates –
We need to start a program of . . .
1. Getting new members to sign the pledge – I don’t think national is doing it anymore.
2. Education – setting up discussion groups, book clubs, book lists on state webs sites, etc.
3. Learning to promote Liberty – using new media in campaigns,
communicating ideas, etc.
4. Persuading our colleagues, both Radical and Reform, that our goals are the same – we all want more LIBERTY, and that by working together, we can achieve it. That we must stop the infighting and blame.
I have a website (OurLP.net), and the beginnings of a site, which is at MyLP.wordpress.com.
I could use . . .
1. Help with website – a webmaster who knows e.g. wordpress.
2. Datebase help.
4. MOST IMPORTANTLY – team members. People who are willing to drop the labels, stop trying to shove people into little boxes, and to just be themselves, be Libertarians, be a part of our team. Probably in that order.
This isn’t about subjugating one’s self, morals,, beliefs, or values – it’s
about learning to work with others within the (healthy) boundaries we have each set for ourselves. These skills are vital to win elections, and without them, we can’t advance the cause of Liberty in office.
Act In Liberty,
Libertarian National Committee
Region 7 Representative
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-2
Posted by Paulie.