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Liberty For America Releases New Issue

The January issue of Liberty for America, edited by George Phillies, has been released. The magazine recently switched to an all-online format. You can read the full issue here. The issue includes some stories which have been previously covered at IPR, but it also has new information as well. This includes the news that John Babiarz plans to run again for New Hampshire Governor in 2012 (he ran in 2010), NJLP member Michael Pierone was appointed to a local Board of Education as a Libertarian, and word of the reorganization of the Libertarian Party of Maine as an effective party in that state.

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  1. Gains Gains January 14, 2011

    Wow! GP says that he is adopting R. Lee Wrights New Year resolution which includes a strongly worded promise to eschew internal divisiveness.

    I don’t get the feeling that Mr. Phillies has been purposefully divisive for divisive sake as some have asserted, but this seems to be a change in paradigm from my limited perception. One lunch I had with him and a small group discussing general internal social strategies for LP he had claimed “politics does not work like that” (paraphrased) when discussing generating a more collegial expectation within the party and toning down the internal competition that has been causing membership and donor ablation.

    At that time he seemed stuck in a battle mode with his rivals at the national level which also seemed to come to a head last year costing both himself and his rivals position and face. Mr. Phillies has always seemed to be a very intelligent and empathic libertarian to me, and his combativeness always seemed to be a stark aberration in the rest of the social goals he promoted: Tolerance, peace, distributed efforts, coalition building and a healthy diverse party etc that he exemplified in his 2008 presidential nomination concession speech at convention.

    The in-fighting we have been going through in which Mr. Phillies was a small part has done a lot to cripple the party in terms of political effectiveness and dedication to principles. Perhaps we are seeing the dawning of truce between the suits and the radicals that will strengthen the party on all fronts.

    If so, Mr. Phillies should be heralded for putting himself and his neck out there for beginning a process of reconciliation.

    On another note, I appreciate the LNC news in the newsletter. We lack good sources, digests and analysis of their meetings, decisions and discussions.

  2. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp January 14, 2011

    “the internal competition that has been causing membership and donor ablation”

    That the former exists is an observable fact.

    That it is the cause of the latter may not be an unsupportable speculation, but so far as I know it’s an unsupported speculation.

  3. George Phillies George Phillies January 14, 2011

    I expect that other readers of Liberty for America will be as baffled as I was by ‘Gains’ comments, which make no sense at all as a description of Lee Wrights material or anything I editorialized.

    Lee wrights statement, which I reproduce, is about opposition to warfare with no discussion of our party’s internal question. I did reprint it, but I did not discuss it editorially. Lee Wrights wrote:

    “Lee Wrights’ New Year’s Resolutions for 2011: A Declaration of Peace
    “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” (Benjamin Franklin)

    BURNET, Texas (Dec. 31) – All libertarians should take time at the beginning of the new year to read and reflect on A Libertarian’s New Year’s Resolutions ( written by the late Harry Browne, said R. Lee Wrights, libertarian writer, activist and potential presidential candidate.

    “Harry was gifted with an ability to communicate libertarian ideas and ideals in a clear, direct and concise way so that anyone could understand what libertarianism is all about,” said Wrights. “His New Year’s Resolutions are one of the best examples of this talent, a classic of libertarian thought.”

    “What Harry wrote in 1998 is even more relevant today, and especially relevant to me as I consider seeking the 2012 Libertarian presidential nomination,” Wrights revealed. “So, inspired by Harry’s thoughts and words, and as a tribute to him, I offer these Wrights’ Resolutions as the standard by which I will conduct that effort and my life in 2011:

    “First and foremost, I resolve to remain focused on the paramount issue facing the Libertarian Party and our nation – to stop all war. No matter what other issues are raised, I intend to keep returning to the central point that unless we stop all war, whether foreign or domestic, individuals can never truly be free.

    “I resolve to remain committed to ensuring that whoever is the presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in 2012, he or she is committed to proclaiming a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war; and be equally dedicated to carrying a solid, uncompromised, unfiltered, unequivocal, and unapologetic libertarian message to all 50 states.

    “I resolve to cleanse myself of hate, resentment, and bitterness, and focus on using the tools of peace, love, mercy and forgiveness against the weapons of war, hate, vengeance, and cruelty.

    “I resolve to keep from being drawn into arguments or debates on inconsequential issues, and to always remember that my purpose is to increase people’s appetite for liberty — not to prove that they’re wrong.

    “I resolve to always acknowledge my good fortune in having been born an American, to refrain from dwelling on America’s defects and past mistakes, and to focus instead on how we together can realize America’s potential and promise.

    “I resolve not to adopt the political campaign tactics of Republicans and Democrats, who use coercion, character assassination, evasions, fear, and intimidation in their unbridled quest for power. Rather, I resolve to remain civil in my political discourse and treat all people I encounter with the dignity and respect that is their due as human beings.

    “Lastly, I resolve never to cease working to ensure that the Libertarian Party and our presidential candidate in 2012 is committed to proclaiming loudly, clearly and unequivocally – stop all war.”

    Wrights is considering seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 should be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. He has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will be spent for ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states. The 52-year old writer and political activist was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. and now lives in Texas. He is the co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All.(

  4. George Phillies George Phillies January 14, 2011

    My actual editorial was:

    “Julian Assange, Libertarian Hero
    (From MassLiberty by permission of the author)

    Julian Assange, Australian journalist and creator of wikileaks (still up at wikileaks.NL), was asked which political party he as closest to in his beliefs. His answer: The American Libertarian Party.

    Assange has championed openness as a way to improve governance. His wikileaks organization in close cooperation with major world newspapers has thus far published 2000 of the 251,287 American diplomatic cables that it has gained. It will be years before they are all released. Among the more surprising revelations: The American Ambassador to one European country asked the local government if a local newspaper was going to publish a certain article, a question that makes sense only if he expected the local government to be bugging all the newspapers in the country.”

  5. George Phillies George Phillies January 14, 2011

    With respect to distribution, Liberty for America continues to offer three distribution paths:

    1) On the web at

    2) Free email subscription, as a PDF attachment or a link, via contact page at

    3) Papermail distribution of samples to potential readers.

    Also, many of our articles wend their way to

  6. Matt Cholko Matt Cholko January 15, 2011

    GP – If we sign up for an e-mail subscription, will our e-mail addresses be used for ANY other purpose? If so, what purpose(s)?

  7. George Phillies George Phillies January 15, 2011

    People at the email address are on rare occasion sent notes that would have been in the newspaper itself, but timeliness seemed critical. Rare? Perhaps once a year. For example, based on the 2008 performance of LP News, I probably will send one report of the persons selected at the 2012 national convention. Once or twice a year, notice is sent of activities of a political nature that readers might find interesting. I do not sell or rent or whatever the address list.

    I haven’t come up with any other uses that seem reasonable, and do not expect that I will do so.

  8. paulie paulie January 15, 2011

    @4 right on!

  9. George Phillies George Phillies January 16, 2011


    I was interested to note, walking around our WPI campus, that someone (not me) had before Christmas break put up a stack of Free Julian Assange posters. This is the first political activism not tied to Federal elections I remember on our campus in a long time.

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