IPR reader “Gains” comments regarding the LP of Florida’s motion to boot Wayne Root from the LNC and LNCC:
WHEREAS, we are not able to produce peace enough in our party to act as friends and allies, and
WHEREAS, our petty jealousies, repressed fears, and incapacity for social interaction render us unable to allow charismatic people to leverage their skills for our benefit, and,
WHEREAS, we are unwilling to promote our ideals to the public because, well, we don’t know how to talk to the public, and,
WHEREAS, we are fearful of engaging the enemy and find others circled in the wagons with us much easier targets with which to prove our marksmanship, and,
WHEREAS, socializing others whose understandings are less than optimal is not nearly as fun as using our position in coalition trust to make sport out of destroying others good works, and,
WHEREAS, political activism that is effective is too much work compared to getting together and writing acerbic declarations, and,
WHEREAS, libertarian ethics are easy to corrupt and ignore when a contrived Machiavellian game, or juicy rumor of personal pain piques our appetite for unattained personal power:
NOW LET IT BE THEREFORE RESOLVED, the mote in our eye is nothing compared to the splinter in _____.
Personally, I think that Mr. Root would be better off reaching out and unifying Libertarians. I do not think that any attempt at “redefining” libertarianism is going to work out except to turn into another factional battle leveraging violence and fraud.
I think that the tactic of publicly “redefining” the cause, is in itself an attack on the party. There is no social construct that defines Libertarians that needs adjustment. Most people are simply not exposed to it so to introduce it as needing redefining is a tactical decision to exclude those who hold those tenets dear.
For people to look at this piece and to use it to demonstrate that Mr. Root has an agenda to cut out a large part of the Libertarian ethic for his own will is well put. But, the just actions that are certain to work against that extremely undesirable effect are recruiting, and educating.
Calling for purges and the ousting of elected representatives will only ever shrink the party. It will necessarily and as is shown in our history, inevitably involve force and fraud through the blinders of unrecognized emotion. Worst of all it will shrink the party as both sides take heavy attrition damage.
This sort of internal maneuvering on both sides is irresponsible and if we are going to fight any battles on this issue as members, I would suggest that the focus be on educating divisive people on the etiquette of coalition building, the skills needed to make friends and the natural consequences of internal sabotage.