David F. Nolan, who was the prime instigator behind the formation of the Libertarian Party in 1971, has announced that he intends to seek an at-large seat on the Libertarian National Committee at the LP’s upcoming national convention in May.
The LNC is the party’s governing body, and consists of four officers, five at-large members, and nine regional representatives. Nolan was a member of the LNC (then known as the Executive Committee) in the party’s early days, but has not been on the LNC since the early 1980s.
When asked why he wants to return, Nolan said “The Libertarian Party has an unprecedented opportunity to tap into Americans’ dissatisfaction with big government and the two establishment parties – but we’re blowing it. Many members of the current LNC waste far too much time bickering over tiny details, engaging in personal feuds, and attempting to expel people they dislike or disagree with.
“Membership in the national LP is about 40% of what it was at its peak, ten years ago. Fundraising has dropped by more than two-thirds. Many of the people in leadership positions have become obsessed with short-term electoral victories, at the expense of adhering to libertarian principles. Advocates of compromise and concealment are increasingly shaping the party’s message.
“We need to reverse this trend, stand firm for our principles, and focus on rebuilding our membership. Our message of personal liberty is resonating with more Americans than ever before. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity.”