If there’s any committee more politicized than the Texas textbook and curriculum committee, it’s the Libertarian Party’s Platform Committee.
The overwhelming majority of the committee, having been appointed by the dominant coalition of the LNC and their allies in several state parties, have a vision for the Platform that decimates the long-standing “Dallas Accord” between those of us on the “minarchist” or small-government side of the LP and those on the “anarchist” or no-government side. In the past, this difficult coalition has been held together with words in the Platform like “where government exists, it should / should not…” But this year’s Platform Committee Report succeeds in removing the last of such compromise language.
For a while, it looked like we had a small minority on the committee willing to support minority reports that restore such language (the Bylaws require four committee members to sign a minority report for it to be official). But now that one of our four votes has decided not to go to St. Louis, thereby promoting a member of the dominant coalition of the LNC from alternate to full committee member, it’s looking like we won’t even have that.
I’m not an anarchist. I support marriage equality for same-sex couples as an incremental measure short of completely privatizing marriage. I support ending the Federal Department of Education as an incremental measure short of shutting down county public schools. Similarly, I support returning law enforcement from Homeland Security back to local police departments and disaster response from FEMA back to state and local organizations like fire departments.