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 second in a series of reports that will use Hancock’s archives to anticipate what messaging he might send to LP delegates.
Question 2 asked: If you are not elected Chair, will you continue to question whether the LPUS is worth joining or even should exist?
In 2000, Hancock apparently resigned from the LPUS by signing the Western Libertarian Alliance’s declaration of independence from the party politics of centralization. It concluded:
The LPUS has abandoned its reason for existence.
Therefore, we, as principled libertarians, must abandon the LPUS. We choose to withdraw from the voluntary association we once had with the LPUS. Our libertarian principles allow us to endure no further outrage as the shadow of the LPUS extends over its state affiliates and members. We are free.
As with all kings, we need not kill the LPUS, we need only stop propping it up.
Having no home in any political party that must conform itself to the statist model and work within the collectivist’s limits, we see no other choice but to work outside of that methodology. Rather, we shall form loose associations of strong principles in hopes of working within the culture to change the hearts of the people. Our freedom will be made complete by being free from the false hope of vote, election, and incremental gain through compromise. We will be free of the burden of centralization’s “voluntary” fee or donation and have the freedom to teach and persuade the people to liberty rather than rely on the force of politics to change them by the very force libertarians should despise.
In the end, LPUS has become the advocate of its own brand of neo-statism. No principled libertarian can associate with them without compromising the libertarian principle. As such, we can no longer associate with those who so easily compromise libertarian principles. We hereby sunder this association and render it null and void.
It’s not clear when, why — or whether — Hancock ever revoked his disassociation from the LPUS. Below are more comments by Hancock on whether the LPUS should exist. The first two are from 2003, and the third is from 2009.