[NOTE: Steven Thomas Sadowski a registered Libertarian in Massachusetts, recently called for a purge of all anarchists from the Libertarian Party. Rick Caldwell, an active LP member in Virginia, wrote a response. IPR readers may be interested in this discussion because the topic seems to come up a lot here and elsewhere.]
So what about me, Mr. Sadowski? I’m an anarchist.
I was a district manager of the Johnson campaign.
I was senior staff on a city council campaign that actually won.
I personally recruited a candidate for the state House of Delegates, who stands a chance of winning his district.
I’m a district chair with the state party, and I’ve tripled my local affiliate’s membership since August, through my outreach efforts, and responses to interest inquiries.
I’ve mentored a young libertarians group that at the time wasn’t supported by the local affiliate, but currently half the board of that affiliate came to the party through that young libertarians group.
The aforementioned young libertarians group has since evolved into a social meeting for local libertarians, because it was so successful as the only local libertarian meeting that occurred at night, that people who could by no definition be classified as young began to consistently show up. That social meeting has converted more people to the ideas of liberty and the LP than the local affiliate as in it’s 16 years of existence.
I ran a blog that for eight years was the fifth most visited political blog in Virginia, and through my coverage of stories that were ignored by the local media, we’ve saved a guy from the death penalty, exposed and halted the corrupt enforcement of a poorly written pull over law, and exposed corrupt use of Child Protective Services to manipulate a bad law to transfer custody of a child to a lawyer who once worked for them, and got that child back to her birth parents.
I’ve recruited two of my young coworkers at my part time job, one of whom is a poli sci student who now wants to intern with me, and the other is considering a run for Delegate in 2019 in his district.
What strides have we made in 2016 that I am destroying? Should I be purged from the party?