Open Thread for April/May/June 2021

This is the Open Thread for April, May, and June of 2021.

Please leave your tips, announcements, or other things below.

Cullen Hoback’s bizarrely fascinating six-part docuseries delving into the origins of QAnon wraps up on HBO this Sunday…

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22 thoughts on “Open Thread for April/May/June 2021

  1. Krzysztof Lesiak

    What’s good IPR? Keep calm and Be Chill. Just gotta Be Chill. Golden Rule.. Anyway, I started liking the LP again, I guess , today. Here’s an LP resolution from yesterday. :::

    LNC Resolution on Vaccine Passports
    by Staff on April 1, 2021 in News
    WHEREAS; the Federal, State, and Local governments of the United States have been inept in the handling of the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic and have not been forthright, righteous, nor consistent in their advice and legislation.

    WHEREAS; pharmaceutical companies had the vaccine developed for COVID19 disease as early as 72hrs after the DNA sequence was released from Chinese researchers, however the FDA disregarded their own memorandum on the expedited handling of vaccine research and deployment stifling lifesaving technology.

    WHEREAS; the Federal government has lied about the usefulness of masks, only to hoard the effective N95 masks for themselves, and then later reversed the position after masks were bought off the market by the public sector.

    WHEREAS; by March 2020, the CDC had tested 10,000 people in the United States for COVID19, where South Korea was testing 10,000 per day by forming an open public-private partnership. The CDC, FDA, and CMS worked in tandem to shutdown private laboratories, such as the private University of Washington lab twice, for privately testing positive COVID19 cases. The CDC botched their tests which were rendered scientifically inaccurate while private sector kits were being shipped overseas for use elsewhere.

    WHEREAS; the Federal, State, and Local governments across the United States degraded civil liberties, levied steep fines against peaceful people, and took away livelihood and lives through the closure of transportation, businesses, and lockdown orders while hypocritical oligarchs defied those same orders.

    WHEREAS; governments stifled the response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic every step of the way, while the private sector researchers, doctors, nurses, non-profits, and businesses lifted the entire load of relief in spite of governments interference.

    WHEREAS; these same government officials now wish to implement a COVID19 vaccination passport for the purpose of restricting travel and maximizing obedience, further perpetuating the technocratic surveillance state.

    THEREFORE; be it resolved that the Libertarian National Committee stands in stark defiance of all attempts by government to interfere with the private sector response to COVID19 as well as the degradation of civil liberties and livelihood at the hands of legislators. We oppose vaccine passports and any government mandated documentation, surveillance, restrictions, mandates, or laws which tread on the rights of the people. We stand in service of those seeking freedom in the United States as the centrifugal force of liberty.

    FURTHERMORE; the Libertarian National Committee recognizes Dr. Li Wenliang, who was arrested by Chinese police in Wuhan, China for blowing the whistle on the discovery of SARS-CoV-2 virus at the Wuhan General Hospital. Dr. Wenliang was released after signing an affidavit stating he committed “spreading rumors” and was later acquitted after public outrage. Dr. Wenliang died at the age of thirty-three due to encountering the virus by treating patients with COVID-19. Dr. Wenilang was the first casualty by the government in the war against our rights and deserves our unwavering respect.

    Adopted April 1, 2021

    https://www.lp.org/resolution-on-vaccine-passports/

  2. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    In New York City, Curtis Sliva is starting an Animal Welfare Party: https://nypost.com/2021/04/15/nyc-mayoral-candidate-curtis-sliwa-vows-to-end-animal-kill-shelters/

    He needs 3,000 signatures to get it on the ballot, with himself as the AWP candidate for mayor.

    He plans to simultaneously run as a Republican.

    NY allows fusion candidates, where candidates can run on more than one party. Voters can even pick which party they want to vote for the candidate on.

    New York candidates often start third parties, solely so that people can vote for them on a party that doesn’t disgust them. Sliva, who hopes to also be on the GOP line, likely sees this as a way to make it easier for GOP-hating liberals to vote for him.

  3. NewFederalist

    Is there any chance the posting delay for this site is going to get fixed any time soon? It’s well beyond annoying!

  4. Jared

    It certainly is, and it’s been going on for a long time. I suspect there’s a caching issue.

  5. Jared

    Here’s their statement:

    https://www.acallforamericanrenewal.com/

    Bill “Libertarian for Life” Weld is one of the signatories. Looks like mostly a bunch of institutionalist Rockefeller Republicans and disgruntled neocons pretending that their opposition to Trumpist disruption has something to do with a commitment to America’s founding principles.

  6. Tony From Long Island

    Regarding that long-winded bloviating nonsense the LP put out regarding COVID that is posted above . . . Time does not allow me to express how much absolute nonsense it is filled with.

  7. Jared

    Was anyone present at the LPPA shitshow? The pro-Mises Caucus crowd is claiming they were maliciously screwed over by washed-up insiders unfairly applying a 180-day seasoning rule in the state party bylaws.

  8. George Phillies

    I have friends who were there. LPPA has bylaws. They were followed. von Misery caucus has now heard about them and taken notes. There was also a takeover in New Hampshire.

    Taking over a party organization (NH) that has approximately no legal status or powers, except its FEC status, is storm and thunder, signifying naught.

  9. theButterfly

    Krzysztof Lesiak: “I started liking the LP again, I guess”

    That seems like a bit of an overstatement. This is the party that literally looks for ways to waste our time. Putting out a good resolution does not make for a good organization.

  10. David Walter

    What is the aim of the Mises Caucus? Is it to have LP candidates run on a radical platform, such as “Abolish Social Security on Day 1 and no more checks for you?” There’s always been a tug between radicals and pragmatists in the Party. Was it Marshall Fritz or Howard Rich who came up with the “Liberty Train” concept that “Our ‘train’ is going from NYC to Chicago but if you’re only comfortable with going as far as Albany or Rochester or Buffalo, then you should still get on board?” The prags would have sold few tickets all the way to Chicago but many to intermediate spots. The rads would have had a virtually empty train leaving Grand Central had they said “we aren’t willing to make any stops between here and Chicago.” To the extent it is even realistic to have successful third parties in the U.S., it seems far less realistic to think a radical Party could succeed. But, of course, it is far more likely for the Mises Caucus to gain control of the LP than it is for that seizure to lead to any meaningful change in the statist direction of the country.

  11. Jared

    I can understand some irritation that an oft waived rule meant to keep outsiders from hijacking a state convention was applied to an LP caucus trying to install their own people in leadership positions. Prags and Radicals do the same thing with their slates of candidates. On the other hand, when you constantly rag on insiders and boast about your intent to “take over” the party, you shouldn’t be too surprised when bylaws designed to prevent takeovers by outsiders are applied to you. Six months is a relatively long seasoning period, I’ll grant, but the LPMC should have anticipated this response.

  12. Jared

    David,

    From what I see, the Mises Caucus is more insistently Rothbardian than the Radical Caucus. The LPMC is fueled by anti-leftist anarcho-capitalist personalities, owes most of its growth to paleolibertarian podcast audiences, contends that LP messaging has alienated reachable allies on the anti-establishment right, and considers Austrianism the one true school of libertarian economics.

    In general, I think the Rads see the Prags as stuffy, mushy moderates who care more about respectability politics than fidelity to principle, whereas the Mises crowd sees the Prags as a bunch of woke liberaltarians without resolve, clinging to their insider status within the party, interested in appealing only to progressive sensibilities and not in waging cultural revolution.

  13. Jared

    Just listened to a podcast in which Joshua Smith accused Dan Fishman of rigging the LNC chair election against him in favor of Joe Bishop-Henchman. Is this accusation new? Smith also apparently believes Nick Sarwark is a federal agent paid to infiltrate and ruin the party, but that idea has been floated around before. Claiming systemic corruption and election fraud as the only reasonable explanation for his loss to JBH reminds me of somebody else, but it’s quite a serious charge against the former executive director and one I hadn’t run across before, maybe because I don’t hang out on the LPMC social media to witness all the dumping on party leadership.

  14. George Phillies

    Anti-Coup in New Hampshire Libertarian Party
    State Chair ejects Executive Committee, appoints new State Committee and new interim Party Bylaws

    See LPNH.org

    Change in New Hampshire Libertarian Party
    [from State Chair Jilletta Jarvis]

    During the last two months I have watched a hostile take-over happen to an organization that was fighting for the equality and freedom of every individual in this state. An organization that wanted to see all people treated with respect, to have the liberty to choose freedom. I believed that with these same goals we could learn to work together.

    I confess that I was wrong. I have watched secret plots occurring and been shushed about it and advised that I was simply misunderstanding, and that non-supportive behavior on my part would not be tolerated. Meanwhile, these same individuals have made public statements about their intention to rid my organization of those who had fought to build it over all these years in this state. Their strategy of so-called “bold messaging” is not designed to promote freedom and educate people on how to peacefully take back the freedoms guaranteed to them in the Constitution. Their strategy is, frankly, designed to discredit the Libertarian Party in the state and in our nation.

    There is a right way to be bold. There is a right way to make demands for freedom. There is a right way to move people to want to fight for their rights. But, as humans, we are fallible and sometimes we don’t learn the lessons of history – even our own immediate history. January 6th showed us what can happen when people are riled up into a frenzy and given little direction. For the last two months, the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire has been using this strategy, the strategy of riling up mobs to frenzy and giving them no direction. These new members have stated their intention was to take us over and then move on to do the same thing in the Republican Party. While the Republican Party is my opposition, I am not willing to have this Party used to support such a goal. I am not willing to allow this Party to be turned into a force that takes apart the hard work of thousands of individuals across this country; the candidates who had to work three times as hard as their opponents just to get on the ballot, let alone win their races. These individuals deserve our respect and support, not angry mobs.

    When I was elected as Chair, I was hopeful for the opportunity to grow and diversify of the Party, to build a strong core of politically motivated individuals ready to write policy proposals, testify against bills that stole the freedom of the individuals of New Hampshire, and stand up for individual rights and equality. I was enthused that there was a desire for bold messaging to promote these ideals and large committees of people ready to stand up for the individual.

    While my desire for these things has not lessened, neither has the division in the Party between those who have those same goals and those who have an alternate agenda. We have always had diverse opinions in the LPNH. This is not new, but this is the first year that the distinction between them was so rigid that individuals cannot see through them to work towards a common goal.

    There are now two groups in the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire where there used to be one. One group that is the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire and another that wants to work towards their vision of Liberty in a more “bold,” more bellicose manner. It is not up to me to say which of these strategies is correct, but it is my responsibility to lead my Party towards the success of the goals of both the State and National Libertarian Party.

    These two internal groups refuse to work together and so, if either is to succeed, it is time to separate. Those members who wish to push for the open umbrella of the State and National Platform by seeking to promote Libertarian Candidates and fight for individual rights and equality on the state stage are invited to stay with me in the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. Those who wish to push for goals specific to a more independent branch of libertarianism through bold social messaging are welcome to stay with the other members of the previous Executive Committee. Fighting for the rights of all individuals means fighting for your right to represent yourselves, and this is your opportunity. Start your own Party, if you wish, free from the perceived limitations of the Libertarian Party. This is your time, your best chance to seize on this opportunity. You have an amazing capacity to grow your numbers without being burdened by the constant struggle of being affiliated with a Party that does not agree with your goals or methods.

    To this end, we have established a new interim set of Bylaws and Platform and instituted a new Executive Committee to work with me in the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. To those who wish to rejoin us, previous membership payments will be honored, however there is a requirement to sign a new oath and review the interim Bylaws and Platform and affirm you can agree to abide by them.

    The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire will still be the Nationally recognized Libertarian Party as I was the only unanimously elected official at our last election. As evidence, I am including a copy of a letter from the Chair of the National Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party attesting to this fact.

    Out of respect for all of those who have been angered, threatened, or insulted by the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, there will be no new Social Media posts from us for the rest of this weekend.

    I thank you for your time and for all of you who wish to fight for freedom in our lifetime.

    New Oath of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire:

    “I will not advocate or endorse the initiation of force as a means to achieve political or social goals. I will advocate for the freedom from oppression and coercion for all New Hampshire residents and affirm that as Libertarians we condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant.”

  15. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    Well, technically the court declined to hear the case. But the result is the same.

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