The following was posted by Brian Holtz at Libertarian Intelligence. It was originally intended as an article for IPR, but our internal IPR email discussion raised concerns that it exceeds IPR’s restrictions on editorializing in articles by our writers. Although Brian Holtz also writes for IPR, IPR as a site is not taking any positions on his views on the LNC chair race or on the LNC chair race as a whole. Likewise, I (Paulie) am not saying to what extent I agree or disagree with Brian’s concerns or opinions by posting this – only making them available for public comment by our readers.
Libertarian National Committee Chair candidate Ernest Hancock responded to 10 questions posted on IPR for him by saying they will be answered by videos on a DVD he will be mailing to LP national convention delegates. This is the fifth in a series of reports that will use public video and audio archives to anticipate how those questions could be answered.
Question 7 asked: Do you still think that in 2008 the Constitution Party nominated “a good hardcore libertarian”? The following video contrasts
- Hancock talking about the threshold for being considered libertarian
- Hancock talking about whether 2008 CP nominee Chuck Baldwin is a libertarian
- various statements and positions taken by Baldwin in his 2008 campaign.
Note: I will not be endorsing any candidate for LNC Chair. The articles and videos from this series of reports are collected here. The facts in these reports are accurate, but they have obviously been chosen and arranged to highlight concerns about the Chair race that a big-tent LP member (like me) might have.
And following the link to http://libertarianmajority.net/hancock,
Brian posts there:
This page collects articles and videos documenting public statements by LNC Chair candidate Ernest Hancock that LP delegates might find informative.
- Apr 6: 10 Questions For Libertarian Party Chair Candidate Ernest Hancock
- Apr 9: Libertarian Party Chair Candidate Opposes Voting
- Apr 13: Libertarian Party Chair Candidate Hancock Quit LPUS in 2000, Questions LPUS Existence
- Apr 17: Libertarian Party Chair Candidate Hancock Predicts Economic Collapse, Violent Revolution
- Apr 20: Fact-checking claims by Libertarian Party Chair candidate Hancock about the 2008 Barr campaign
- 1. Using airtime as LP candidate to advocate against voting
- 2-3. More public advocacy against voting
- 4-6. Predicting violent revolution and “greatest depression ever”
- 7-8. Questioning whether the LPUS should even exist
- 9. On “targeting the LPUS as an enemy of freedom”
- 2006 candidate statement on KABC-TV Since 2004, I no longer vote, because I know better. If you’re going to vote, if you feel the need to vote, if you hold out that hope, I encourage you to vote Libertarian. […] So, I’m asking you to not vote for me. To not vote. Make sure your vote really counts, by keeping it.
- 2009-04-25 You have a to-do list, and it’s “no more voting”. […] I go in, I vote, I come out, and I’m thinking “Ewww, I am encouraging this process.”
- 2003-10-31 They want the building to go down. They need a bridge to blow up. It justifies their existence. And voting’s kinda like justifying their existence, it’s making them feel better, it’s encouraging them. […] All you’re really doing is legitimizing or justifying the process. […] The government wants you to vote really badly. Well, that’s a sign right there. […] The Declaration of Independence had absolutely nothing to do with voting. It was all about what happens when voting doesn’t work. Annie get your gun.
- 2008-11-22 It’s not an if-thing, it’s an already-happened-thing. So now it’s how many cans of Campbell’s Soup can you get? How much water do you got? How many friends do you have? How much land can you plow? All those crazy anarchist/libertarian people, they’re gonna be the rich S.O.B.s because they got bullets to trade for bread. You think I’m kidding! This revolution can be peaceful, or it can be violent. I think there’s gonna be some violence. But it’s not gonna be the way you think. It’s gonna be people that can’t eat. What’s coming can not be stopped.
Predicting “Greatest Depression Ever”
- 2009-04-25 “We should buy now.” Hell no, get out. It’s not going to get better, it’s going to get a lot worse. This is just the beginning of something greater than the greatest depression ever. Get out of the stock market now. So you can say I told you so. What’s the date? 25th of April, 2009. It’s going to get worse, a lot worse. There, I said it.
I, Brian Holtz, will likely not be endorsing any candidate in the 2010 LNC Chair race. My IPR reporting on that race is designed to address specific concerns that I think many readers and LP delegates would share about the candidates. I of course cherry-pick the material that I report. As a fellow libertarian, I agree with the vast majority of what I’ve read and heard from the Chair candidates in the dozens of hours I’ve spent reviewing their public record. All my reporting has been biased toward highlighting or correcting their possible deviations from what I think a typical big-tent LP member supports. At the same time, my reporting has been entirely factual and never misleading.