Sean Haugh: Standards of Party Governance

“We hold government to very high standards when it comes to openness and transparency, and rightly so. We have open meetings laws, sunshine laws, freedom of information laws, ethics laws and many other provisions demanding public disclosure of government documents and actions. Long have we known that transparency is the first step to prevent government from sliding into tyranny,” writes Sean Haugh on Liberty for All.

“We must hold ourselves to at least those standards in governing our own party affairs,” he says. Read the rest of the article here.

4 thoughts on “Sean Haugh: Standards of Party Governance

  1. Starchild

    Sean makes a lot of excellent points here — definitely worthwhile reading for all Libertarian leaders or aspiring leaders.

    This is all about being the change we want to see in the world, practicing what we preach when it comes to government accountability, and creating a culture and structures that holds leaders accountable within our own party. Partly so that Libertarians will be well prepared to advocate sunshine and openness with regards to governments in the larger world, and have credibility when doing so.

    Electing people to public office is merely one important means by which we seek to achieve freedom however, not the whole reason for the Libertarian Party’s existence. Our purpose is set forth in the Preamble to our platform ( http://www.lp.org/platform ):

    “As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

    We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

    Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.

    In the following pages we have set forth our basic principles and enumerated various policy stands derived from those principles.

    These specific policies are not our goal, however. Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this end that we take these stands.”

    Nevertheless, Sean’s arguments for transparency are on the whole very well taken, particularly his final three paragraphs, and are scarcely less relevant for the fact that the LP promotes the cause of freedom by other means besides contesting elections.

  2. Jill Pyeatt

    The need for transparency and the value of it seems to obvious so me, that I’m surprised an article like this needs to be written. However, it’s an excellent article, and I hope it’s read and shared by many people.

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