For Immediate Release
Friday, January 1, 2016
Contact: Libertarian Skeptics Network
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Libertarian Skeptics Network: New L.P. Caucus Formed
The new year brings with it a new effort inside America’s third-largest political party. Seeking to connect the principles of liberty to their Enlightenment heritage, and defend the Libertarian Party from entanglement in disreputable fringe issues, dozens of activists and candidates from around the nation have come together to form a new caucus: the Libertarian Skeptics Network. Taking their cue from Voltaire, L.S.N. has adopted as its motto: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
A five-member provisional board has been constituted, consisting of Andy Craig (LP-WI); Andrew Lea (LP-NV); Pearce Holland Barnum (LP-TX); Mike Warren (LP-IN); and Jason Weinman (LP-NV). State chapters are also being chartered, with a rapidly growing list of a dozen states already represented in the organization.
“Our provisional board will lay the groundwork for our first real meeting and election of officers, to be held at the Libertarian National Convention in Orlando, May 26-30.” says provisional chair Andy Craig, “We intend to make L.S.N. a regular presence at every national convention going forward, and in all 50 state parties.”
Joshua Katz, an elected Libertarian officeholder in Connecticut and member of the party’s national committee, says skepticism is integral to being a Libertarian, and that he defines the term as “one who seeks freedom from aggression, undue control, ignorance, and misinformation.” According to Andrew Lea, Youth Director for the Libertarian Party of Nevada, “The Libertarian Party has always been the party of innovation and market driven technological advancement. We are the party of science.”
Chuck Schilling, a member of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin, agrees, “We’re for Libertarians who believe in science, not science-fiction. Who want to shrink government, without buying into every conspiracy theory under the sun.” Clayton Hunt, a Libertarian from Texas, insists “the champions of freedom should reject the fear and ignorance peddled by snake oil salesmen.”
To coincide with the formal launch of the organization on Jan. 1, 2016 the LSN released the following mission statement:
The mission of the Libertarian Skeptics Network, is to promote and defend libertarianism and the Libertarian Party within the Enlightenment traditions from which they arose, which value evidence, facts, science, reason, skepticism, progress, toleration, and objective truth.
We oppose pseudo-science, scare tactics, pop-culture conspiracy theories, medical fraud and quackery, scam artists, charlatans, false claims, and all other sorts of flim-flam and fakery, as being consistent with neither the purpose of, nor our desired future for, the Libertarian Party.
We oppose those who conflate these things with libertarianism, as unfit to be candidates or officers of the Libertarian Party.
We seek to cast a harsh light into the shadows of self-imposed obscurity, and reveal these tactics for what they are: damaging, disruptive, and counter-productive.
We believe libertarianism and the Libertarian Party can, at their best, offer a positive, hopeful vision for society, and that demagoguery based on fear and ignorance is best left to our opponents.
We act to protect and defend the reputation of a party and platform, which we hope to present to the nation as a credible, legitimate, viable alternative to the Republicans and Democrats.
We do so, because we desire a Libertarian Party that lives up to the true meaning of its purpose: “nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetimes.”
To that end, the Libertarian Skeptics Network shall act as our caucus within the Libertarian Party, consisting of a national organization and state chapters, to support and give voice to Libertarian Skeptics, all of whom are welcome to join in our efforts.
Those interested in joining the Libertarian Skeptics Network, are encouraged to contact the caucus at LPSkeptics@gmail.com, or on Facebook at FB.com/LibertarianSkepticsNetwork