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  1. George Phillies George Phillies Post author | August 7, 2022

    I had said that we would be moving more vigorous reporting to ThirdPartyWatch.com. I have now done so. My first article is “LAMA – A Record of Inaction” about LAMA spending for the last year and a half. In the past year, they burned through all of their income and most of their initial cash on hand, spending their money on a state convention and computer software. No money appears to have been spent on candidate support, candidate recruitment, or media outreach to the general public. You can read all the details on Third Party Watch, because Someone Is Watching.

  2. George Phillies George Phillies Post author | August 2, 2022

    I am advised with respect to New York: “They were under the 45,000 minimum number. This is why it never went to a state validity check. There was no need to check the validity of the signatures since they turned in less than 45,000. This is why Sharpe got knocked off the ballot so quickly. If it had gone to a validity check if they did have 45,000 raw signatures, they would have lost a lot of those signatures since since not all of them would have met the state’s definition of a valid signature. They should have turned in at least 70,000, maybe more if their validity rate was low. “

  3. Gene Berkman Gene Berkman July 22, 2022

    Jared says “I have no use for Murray Rothbard during his early left-wing fusionist phase or his later paleo phase…” I generally agree with that, with the caveat that many of us found ourselves among the New Left protestors against the Vietnam War and the draft. But going to a protest against the war is different from taking the position of Dr Rothbard that American imperialism is a greater threat to peace and freedom than Soviet expansionism.

    I read many of Rothbard’s writings after he decided on the Paleo strategy, and I don’t remember any mention of abortion. Nor did he seem to have moved away from his anti-Americanism. The common ground with the paleo conservatives included opposition to the Gulf War (good!) and opposition to “globalization” in the form of NAFTA, WTO etc. And the racial appeals in the Ron Paul newsletters along with opposing Gay Rights were part of the strategy.

    Prior to the formal adoption of the Paleo strategy, Ron Paul, during his LP campaign in 1988, made appeals to supporters of Pat Robertson, stressing his own (Paul’s) opposition to abortion, and Rothbard went along with this. But it was political opportunism rather than a phiosophical change on Rothbard’s part. It is perhaps ironic that Rothbard and Rockwell began promoting the Paleo strategy based on their disapointment with the results of the Ron Paul campaign, when Paul’s campaign was the prequel to the Paleo strategy.

    I quoted Rothbard not because I think he is the fountainhead of libertarian thinking, but some in the “Mises” Caucus think he is.

  4. Jared Jared July 22, 2022

    Gene,

    While I have no use for Murray Rothbard during his early left-wing fusionist phase or his later paleo phase, I wonder if he changed his mind on the legalization of abortion at all stages of pregnancy and infanticide by parental neglect—stemming from his burning hatred of the concept of positive natural rights—when he began to cozy up to hard-right populists. If Hoppe’s views are any indication, then he remained an absolutist advocate of legal abortion on demand even toward the end of his life. Most Mises Caucusers seem to prefer Ron Paul’s position as a pro-life OB/GYN, despite being dyed-in-the-wool Rothbardians in nearly every other respect. Even Rothbard’s bulldog Walter Block, who tries to synthesize Rothbard’s early and late works into a single perspective, takes a very different view of abortion rights than does his master. It’s an area where many devotees of Rothbard deviate from his philosophy, possibly in some cases because of his 90s association with the political Right, but also because his ‘principled’ legal defense of child neglect and starving babies to death is a tough pill to swallow, even for the most autistic anarcho-capitalists in the Austrian camp. It’s no secret that radical libertarians struggle not to put both feet in their mouths where children and minors are concerned.

  5. Gene Berkman Gene Berkman July 21, 2022

    SInce the Supreme Court decision on abortion, and the actions of the “Mises” Caucus at the Libertarian National Convention, abortion has become an issue again. In the June 1971 issue of Libertarian Forum, Murray Rothbard published an essay on libertarian strategy titled “How to Destatize.” After critiquing the education strategy of right-wing libertarians, and the MayDay violence of the left, Dr Rothbard looked at tow victories for liberty in New York: the end of rent control, and the legalization of abortion. Rothbard credits the focus of the women’s movement on the libertarian principle that “every woman has the absolute right to own and control her own body” and the willingness to act on principle. Here is Dr Murray Rothbard on Abortion: https://calibertarianreport.com/2022/07/21/murray-rothbard-on-abortion/

  6. Andy Andy July 4, 2022

    George, the petition in New York was short by more than 2,300 signatures for sure. They needed 45,000 valid petition signatures. Realistically, they would need to come in with a lot more than 45,000 raw signatures to cover their margin of error with invalid signatures.

  7. George Phillies George Phillies Post author | July 3, 2022

    The LNC met electronically this evening. The meeting was entirely civil. Few references were made to Roberts. Various sets of revised minutes were approved. The limitation on the number of committees on which one person may serve was removed. There is a major effort to shorten the policy manual, starting with the social media section 5.01.

    There was a ballot access report. New York needed 45,000 signatures but probably ended up about 2300 signatures short. There will now be litigation. Illinois has not as many signatures as hoped, but will it appears be successful with their petition drive. New Hampshire needs 1500 signatures in each Congressional District for its two statewide candidates. The LNC-supported group has close to 2500 signatures in the first Congressional District, is advancing in the second C.D., and expects to get both of its statewide candidates on the ballot. They were able to persuade Market Basket to let them petition at their stores. It was stated that no other locations have current petitioning.

  8. George Phillies George Phillies Post author | July 2, 2022

    Jose, Thanks for the actual quote. It is a doozy.

    The NLP statement is a disgrace to our party in more ways than I would like to count. Its authors should have no future role in our party.

  9. José C José C July 2, 2022

    Let me try this again. The statement made by the National Libertarian Party concerning the Supreme Court decision on abortion is:

    Allowing five politically-connected lawyers to determine ANY policy for 330 million people contradicts liberty and undermines decentralization.

    Having a one-size fits all “solution” on abortion has fueled 50 years of national contention. Judicial oligarchy hasn’t helped.

    This statement is a two sentence tweet in Twitter.

  10. NewFederalist NewFederalist July 1, 2022

    Stern is a flake. He’s made this kind of stuff up before. The LP should stay very far away from him. He’s burned them once.

  11. Andy Andy July 1, 2022

    “Root’s Teeth Are Awesome
    JULY 1, 2022
    Howard Stern says he wants to run for President in 2024: https://nypost.com/2022/06/28/howard-stern-wants-to-run-for-president-to-overturn-all-this-bulls-t/

    I assume he’ll be running third party or independent. He says he’ll only run if Trump is the Republican nominee.

    Stern says one of his goals if he wins is to abolish the Electoral College. He also wants to appoint five more Supreme Court justices.”

    Way back in 1994, Howard Stern flooded the LP of NY’s State Convention with delegates, and he won their nomination for Governor, but then he dropped out of the race shortly after this, with his stated reason being that he did not want to fill out the financial disclosure forms from the state. The LP of NY had to scramble to find another candidate, and they ended up nominating Bob Schulz to run for Governor.

    I think it is a good thing that Howard Stern did not end up running for office as a Libertarian. I don’t think that he was ever serious about the party of the philosophy, and he has taken some very anti-libertarian positions in recent years, such as he supports forced vaccinations in the name of fighting COVID.

    Howard Stern did generate some publicity for the LP for a short time period (and I found out the back story on how it happened from a long time LP member who basically set the wheels in motion by having an LP candidate call in to the Howard Stern radio show), which was good, but the party dodged a bullet when he dropped out of the gubernatorial race.

  12. Andy Andy July 1, 2022

    “George Phillies
    POST AUTHOR | JULY 1, 2022
    You appear to have received nothing as a quote. Meanwhile, they are pushing the world’s first spontaneously self-organized, crowd-funded ponzi scheme, cryptocurrency.”

    I believe that your assessment of Bitcoin and other decentralized cryptocurrencies is wrong. The Federal Reserve System and the Social Security System are more accurate examples of Ponzi schemes.

    Decentralized cryptocurrencies allow people to trade in a trusted manner, without the use of any bank, and they are outside the control of governments. This is something which can bring us a lot closer to a libertarian society.

    Also, Bitcoin, and a lot of other cryptocurrencies have outperformed the US Dollar. Bitcoin was launched in January of 2009, and was trading for well under a penny, and it went up to its all time high of $68,789.63. During the same time frame the US Dollar has gone down in value.

  13. George Phillies George Phillies Post author | July 1, 2022

    You appear to have received nothing as a quote. Meanwhile, they are pushing the world’s first spontaneously self-organized, crowd-funded ponzi scheme, cryptocurrency.

  14. José C José C July 1, 2022

    This is the statement made by the National Party of the Libertarian Party on the Supreme Court ruling on abortion.

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    I know, I know all we get is a two sentence tweet.

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