Author Archives: Joseph Buchman

About Joseph Buchman

Joe is a retired, formerly tenured professor of marketing and finance with an interest in adventure travel, chasing total solar eclipses, and Burning Man. He is a long-time volunteer with the Sundance Film Festival, former Chair of the Utah Libertarian Party and current Chair of the financial Audit Committee of the Libertarian Party. He and Cindy, his wife of over 25 years, have raised four highly successful children, several cats, and have generally failed with every houseplant ever gifted to them.

LP Delegates Begin Receiving Pre-Convention Mailers

In a recent IPR article, the validity of the upcoming Libertarian Party National Convention was questioned, in part, because of apparent delays and unique processes for sharing, prior to the convention, 2022 LP convention delegate contact information with potential LNC candidates, various caucuses, and others.  (NOTE: LP Bylaws allow only the sharing of delegate names and postal addresses; phone numbers, emails, social media, etc.… Read more ...

Utah LP Holds Convention, Nominates Candidates, Elects Delegates

Former Mayor of Big Water, Utah, Willy Star Marshall sounds the Call to the UTLP’s 50th Anniversary Convention.  (Note: Reno will mark Willy’s 20th national Libertarian Party convention, having served as a delegate or alternate to every national LP convention since Denver in 1981 (with the exception of Saint Louis in 2010.))… Read more ...

Libertarian Party: Time To Be Grateful to Government For All It Does

DATELINE: Washington, DC

In an anonymous press release leaked to IPR earlier today, the National Libertarian Party announced it is “turning over a new leaf” and will now be focusing all its efforts on praising the US government for what it does right.

The release reads in full:

“As Libertarians, we are accused of being recalcitrant and obstinate.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Governor Gary Johnson Leaves R Primary; (Re-) Registers As Libertarian; Seeks LP POTUS Nomination

photo credits, Joseph Buchman

Dateline: 28 December 2011, Santa Fe, NM, Capitol rotunda.

Former New Mexico Governor (1995 – 2003) Gary Johnson dropped out of the Republican Presidential Primary earlier today, (re-) registered as a member of the Libertarian Party, and announced his intention to seek the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nomination at the Party’s convention in Las Vegas in early May 2012.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Anarcho Claus and Parody Political Christmas Carols

Forty-five years ago the anarchist classic The Legend of Anarcho Claus was first published in New Libertarian Weekly (n54, 26 Dec 1976, p3-4).

The tale relates the story of, “Little Janie White who wants a chemistry set for Christmas, but her parents (try to) prohibit it. Tearfully waiting up until midnight .… Read more ...

LP Judicial Committee Issues Statement; Declines To Rule On November Appeal

Dr. George Phillies                       Dr. Mary Ruwart

On 19 November 2021 IPR covered an appeal made to the Judicial Committee by Dr. George Phillies regarding the exact nature of the bylaws-required process to be followed by the LNC for the election of a new chair (or vice-chair, should the bylaws indeed require automatic ascension of the vice-chair).… Read more ...

Former Libertarian Party of Iowa Chair Arrested, Charged With Theft of Party Property

Multiple media outlets, including the Libertarian Party of Iowa website, have reported the arrest of Michael Conner Junior, a former LP IA Chair, who has apparently been charged with theft of Party assets in excess of $10,000.

The Des Moines Register’s headline reads: Former Libertarian Party of Iowa chair arrested, accused of stealing party funds.Read more ...

Libertarian Party Born @ 3:34pm Mountain Time, 11 Dec 1971; 50 Years Ago Today

The Libertarian Party of the United States turned 50 years old earlier today.

On 11 December 1971 eight individuals met in Colorado Springs, CO and at 3:34pm Mountain Time declared the establishment of a new political party.

The Party’s first convention would be held only 187 days later.

Casino Paris (Las Vegas) has been operating for over 15 years and has a very interesting history.… Read more ...

LP Delaware Withdraws From Region 5, Appeals “Constructive Disaffiliation” To LP Judicial Committee

Since early October 2021, two groups have each claimed to be the only legitimate Libertarian Party of Delaware; one chaired by Will McVay, the other by Bill Hinds.

On 06 October 2021 one group a letter to the LNC stating in part:

“It is of the utmost importance that the (LNC) recognize that the Libertarian Party of Delaware is still under the leadership of the duly elected Chair, Bill Hinds.… Read more ...

Center for Competitive Democracy Files Petition re – FEC $175,000+ “Repayment” Demand Against GP’s Jill Stein

A 07 Dec 2021 Media Release from the Center for Competitive Democracy (CDC) states:

“Nearly five years after the 2016 presidential election — the FEC notified Dr. (Jill) Stein that she and her campaign committee must repay $175,272 in primary matching funds received during that election. The Stein Campaign spent the funds on petition drives to obtain ballot access nationwide — activity that the FEC itself identifies as equivalent to a primary election — but the FEC nevertheless concluded that the expenditures were not qualified primary expenses.… Read more ...

LP Utah Celebrates 50th with “Be A Pirate,” Adam Kokesh; Tributes to Karl Bray

Saturday, 04 December 2021, the Utah Libertarian Party celebrated the 50th anniversary of the party’s founding with a keynote speech by Adam Kokesh of Adam v The Man, and a heartfelt tribute to Karl Bray, legendary tax protester, early member of (what became) the first Libertarian National Committee, author of Taxation and Tyranny: The Complete Guide To The Tax Rebellion, and first chair of the UTLP.… Read more ...

Mises PAC Report Not Signed By Treasurer, FEC Requests Info, Audit Possible

Photo: Todd Hagopian, July 2021 Mises FEC Report signator

As reproduced below, Jamie Timmie, Senior Campaign Finance Analyst with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) in a letter dated 20 October 2021, states:

“Your report(s) was not signed by the Treasurer,”

and directs Kyle Burton, the (former?) Treasurer of the MISES PAC to provide the following:

  1. The signature of an individual that is authorized to sign.
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