Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org yesterday:
The Boston Tea Party National Convention opened tonight at 7PM ET and will conclude one week from that time. You can monitor all convention activity at http://bostontea.us/node/831
Chair, Boston Tea Party National Committee
According to wikipedia:
The Boston Tea Party is an American political party, named after the original Boston Tea Party of 1773. It is composed of political candidates and espouses a libertarian ideology. The new party was founded in 2006 by a group of former Libertarian Party (LP) members who criticized the LP for its “abdication of political responsibilities”, saying that “Americans deserve and desperately need a pro-freedom party that forcefully advocates libertarian solutions to the issues of today”.
On September 11, 2008, the libertarian website LewRockwell.com posted an article by libertarian economist Walter Block, in which the author proclaimed his preference for the candidates of the Boston Tea Party over those of the LP. Block and other libertarians have expressed discomfort over the “unlibertarian” history of the LP’s 2008 presidential candidate, Bob Barr, a former Republican congressman.
The Boston Tea Party’s platform clearly expresses the party’s philosophy of anti-statism as follows:
The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.
The party’s platform is supplemented by a program which advocates, among other things, the withdrawal of all American troops from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East; an immediate and complete end to warrantless searches and seizures, warrantless surveillance, and other practices that encroach on personal freedom; and an audit of the Federal Reserve. The program was deliberately adopted from Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty.
While the largest part of the party’s members accept a libertarian ideology in the classical liberal tradition, others consider themselves anarcho-capitalists, objectivists, voluntaryists and a variety of anarchists.
One or more members of the Boston Tea Party are also planning on a “March to the Arch” following the conclusion of the Libertarian National Convention in St. Louis on Monday. In 1969, libertarian members of the Young Americans for Freedom walked out of the group’s convention in St. Louis following a fight with the group’s traditionalist conservative faction and marched to the arch.
The following details are listed for the event on facebook:
Monday, May 31, 2010
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Saint Louis, MO