Posted by George Phillies at Liberty For All:
Change is time-consuming. Change is demanding. Change is frightening.
Sometimes, change is necessary.
In a previous article I described LNC fund raising over the last decade and a half. From 2000 to date, LNC yearly fundraising has fallen by three quarters in real terms. This article turns to another challenge facing our national party: Membership.
The graph shows National Party membership for 1998-2009. (Click on image to enlarge.) The little gray diamonds are the actual number of members for dates on which I have numbers. Those numbers are counted monthly, so in some periods the diamonds overlaps.
Over the last decade, our National Party has lost more than half of its membership. We’re back to a membership count we last had in 1995.
We can extrapolate from those numbers to predict what our membership will be at some date in the future. That extrapolation won’t be perfectly accurate, because membership numbers jig and jag when viewed year after year. However, that extrapolation will show us where we will end up if we do not change course.