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Comment if you are interested in posting articles here at IPR by or about alternative (“third”) parties and independent candidates. Our rules do not allow for publishing your own editorials, but you can save them as a draft and we usually have no problem finding other team members to publish them. Writing at IPR is a 100% volunteer activity, and you can post as often or rarely as you wish. If you posted articles at IPR in the past and haven’t in a long time, chances are you are probably still signed up; just ask, or feel free and encouraged to log in and post new articles no matter how long it has been. If you never signed up before and would like to give it a try let us know.

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  1. paulie Post author

    Here’s what I found. I think there was a more recent revision but I’m not finding it.

    I’ll go over the basic ones I can remember, and I’m copying the group because there’s a decent chance there is something I forgot.

    1. Post as often or rarely as you want. There is no pay.

    2. All posts should have some relevance to alt (“third”) parties and/or independent candidates. If that relevance is not obvious, it should be explained with a blurb.

    3. We can post articles by or about people who have been associated with alt parties in the past but are now better known for their activities with establishment parties (e.g. Sanders, Trump – ran for Reform Party nomination in 2000, Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan), but should do so rarely and probably add a blurb reminding non-regular readers about the connection. Such articles should be posted *rarely* as otherwise it would be easy to overwhelm the site with them.

    4. Articles about alt parties in foreign countries are OK every once in a while, but again, only rarely. It’s not always immediately obvious what is or is not an alt party in foreign electoral systems.

    5. You can post editorials by other people with an alt party connection of some sort (it should be explained if they are not well known). You should either get their permission or post an excerpt and link back to the original. Same goes for news stories posted elsewhere. There are some sites which have given us blanket permission to post any of their articles in full so you don’t have to ask each time.

    6. Good sources for articles can include suggestions posted to the email list (I’ll send you an invite), suggestions in open thread, going through our links and seeing what they’ve posted lately, and google news. Anything that crosses your inbox that related to alt parties, etc. You can go thru old posts and find potential sources/ideas for future articles, etc.

    7. There’s a policy not to post your own editorials but if you save them as a draft and ask others on the list to post them they probably will. You can post news posted about yourself elsewhere, press releases that mention or quote you, and interviews by or about you with someone else.

    8. Don’t erase past articles, especially if they get comments. Mark them private so only IPR writers can see them if they cause a problem.

    9. Don’t erase old comments either, as they are part of the historical record and may make subsequent conversations seem disjointed.

    10. If you are not sure whether an article you are thinking of posting is in the guidelines or not, write the email list and ask. It can be used to discuss, and sometimes change, other site policies as well.

    11. Don’t add categories. You can add tags all you want.

    12. If an article has a category or several (it can have several), it should not also be uncategorized.

    13. Articles should almost never be uncategorized; as pretty much anything we post should fit in one or more of the existing categories.

    14. “Third parties, general” is not the same thing as non-left/right parties. It means articles whose subject matter applies to all third parties regardless of their ideology. This is one that a lot of people seem to get wrong 🙂

    15. Liberty/Free Market Parties are parties with an ideology roughly similar to the Libertarian Party but ***which are not the Libertarian Party***. Since that party already has a separate category, an article about the LP should not be marked as Liberty Parties unless it also pertains to some other liberty-leaning party besides the LP.

    16. Similarly, articles about the Constitution Party should not be marked right wing minor parties unless they also pertain to an additional right wing party or parties, and articles about the Greens should not be marked left/socialist unless they also pertain to additional leftist parties besides the Greens.

    17. There are some alt parties named Independent or Independence. That is not the same things as the independent category on IPR, which is only for candidates who run without a party. That’s another one I see people get wrong fairly often. Generally, most parties named Independent are non left right, but sometimes they are left or right. It’s usually pretty easy to tell which by a cursory look at their articles, platform, candidates etc.

    18. If commenters wish to be anonymous or pseudonymous, respect their right to do so and don’t share that information. An exception can be made for malicious trolls.

    19. Try to look through past articles and not post the same things someone else already did if you can help it.

    20. Have fun, pace yourself and take breaks.

    21. You made it! You can now drink legally. Don’t let the power go to your head.

    That’s probably more rules than we’ve discussed in a few years so maybe some of those will be revised if the email list has some discussion….but most of our rules are informal and you can find them through some trial and error and discussion on the email list and in site comments.

  2. Fernando Mercado

    Two more minor questions:
    1. Aside from those aforementioned rules, do writers pretty much have free rein?
    2. If articles had issues, would they or would they not be edited without the authors consent?

  3. paulie Post author

    Generally we only edit for style, not substance. But keep in mind you should not be posting your own editorials anyway. At least to begin with, since we don’t know you, you can save your articles as drafts and we’ll see if there are any big problems before they go live. If everything is smooth that restriction can be lifted.

  4. paulie Post author

    You said something about having problems with some site you wrote for before. What were the problems, and if you don’t mind me asking what was the site?

  5. Fernando Mercado

    I guess I see what you mean, I’ll probably save it as a draft first because I usually write in a first person perspective like an editorial, even if it’s not technically one

  6. Fernando Mercado

    First of all, I didn’t know I’d be supplied with an account so I tried to create my own, whoops!!! I’ll fix that before I start posting stuff

  7. Fernando Mercado

    Well the site was called RealProgressives, the experience was overall good aside from one thing, which is a long story that probably shouldn’t be said on a public forum.

  8. paulie Post author

    I’d love to write for the site!

    Thank you, I added you and sent you an invite. Draft articles only to start with since we don’t already know you, but that restriction can be lifted after some time.

  9. paulie Post author

    One more question, Are the pictures that go on articles put in during the writing process or after?

    I see you have a draft ready. If you know how to add the pictures yourself and want to do one that’s the best way to do it. If not let me know and I’ll pick out something generic to Green Party and approve it.

  10. paulie Post author

    There are add media and img boxes in the dialog it gives me to create a post. Do you have anywhere else to post it first and link to from here? If neither of those works for you email it to me. My contact info is in the About IPR tab.

  11. paulie Post author

    Forrest: Signed you up to submit drafts. I think there’s about a 50-50 chance you are actually Nathan or one of the other banned trolls, so I’ll be careful and tell others to be on alert, but we’ll give it a shot.

    Someone else who I am pretty much 100% sure is Nathan tried also, that one is a no.

  12. paulie Post author

    Fernando: I looked into it and it it looks like at your current wordpress level of contributor you can’t upload images to the IPR dashboard. So the best thing to be to upload them somewhere else like your weebly site or wherever and link them from there. The only other thing I can suggest is email them to me. Anyone else here know a lot about wordpress and have another suggestion?

  13. William T. Forrest

    I don’t have anywhere to upload images so in my case just add them after. Thanks bubba. And no I’m not Nathan, I don’t like him any more than I like you. You should probably sign him up too though since you are failing to get the job done on your own. Just my 2 cents. Also, while we are at it, why not go stick your head in an oven? Everyone will be happier, and even you will be less miserable. Kisses!

  14. paulie Post author

    Also, while we are at it, why not go stick your head in an oven?

    I may consider thinking about it if and when you provide a demonstration by doing it yourself.

  15. Fernando Mercado

    I was wondering why I couldn’t find what you were talking about, I’m not sure how I’ll put the image in at the moment. Aside from that image, a title, and it probably being too long, it’s pretty much complete.

  16. paulie Post author

    Looked done to me so I approved it. You should still be able to edit it after publication if you want to. Not saying you should, just that it is an option as far as I know (although I’d have to check if contributor level can, but I think so).

  17. James Clifton

    How do I submit articles? The American Free Soil Party just had its National Convention and nominated Adam Seaman of Massachusetts for President and Dr. Enrique Ramos for Vice-President. Also, I qualified to run as an American Free Soil Party candidate for Town Council in Millersburg, IN. Thanks.

  18. paulie Post author

    I can sign you up to post them yourself. Doesn’t do any good to submit anything unless there’s someone available to post it. I am sometimes and sometimes I’m not. I have people submitting stuff all the time and I forward a lot of it to the email list of the people signed up to post articles and most of the time no one wants to post anything. That’s why I am trying to sign up more people to post here. I’m sending an invite to your email.

  19. paulie Post author

    You’re already signed up. If you can’t find your password click that link under the name and password in the login box.

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  21. paulie Post author

    I’ll set that up tonight or tomorrow. Just got back from a weekend trip so I had not got to it yet.

  22. paulie Post author

    This is not the open thread. I’ll give you 24 hours if you want to repost that in the open thread, and will delete off topic comments on this one. Please only comment on this one if you are asking to be signed up to post articles here.

  23. Reed Ebarb

    There are a few articles I’d like to see written on IPR. I’d love to join.

  24. paulie Post author

    Sign me up bubba

    Nope, not you. Stick to IPR-X. It doesn’t take me long to figure out who you are no matter what names you use.

  25. paulie Post author


    Signing you up now. The welcome email is auto generated and may look like spam, or may be treated as spam by your email provider. If you don’t find it in the next day let me know and we will figure out a way to get you logged in. Let me know also if it is OK to to sign you up for our writers and editors email list for news tips, suggested stories, site policies and technical issues. Not absolutely mandatory but highly encouraged for anyone posting articles here. There’s also a comment where I went over site policies up at the top or near the top of this thread; please read it. Thanks for stepping up and welcome on board!

  26. PK

    Hello. Long time reader and former frequent commenter here. I am interesting in writing articles.

  27. PK

    I used to go by the name of Third Party Revolution, which was the name of this FB group that I managed at the time (it has since become defunct due to the whole restructuring of what groups are on the site).

  28. Krzysztof Lesiak


    My guess is that you’re “posting rights” on IPR are currently set at having your articles being held in queue until an admin can approve them. Hopefully you get “promoted” to being able to post articles without having to wait for admin approval.

  29. David Brandon Niggemeyer

    I would like to be able to post articles about third party topics, candidates, and issues. I’m a member of the U.S. Taxpayer’s Party of Michigan, an affiliate of the Constitution Party, but I also have some interest in Libertarian politics as well. I enjoy it, I’ve learned a lot, and I want to continue learning. Participating is important to me.

  30. paulie Post author

    I would like to be able to post articles about third party topics, candidates, and issues. I’m a member of the U.S. Taxpayer’s Party of Michigan, an affiliate of the Constitution Party, but I also have some interest in Libertarian politics as well. I enjoy it, I’ve learned a lot, and I want to continue learning. Participating is important to me.

    Signed up to contribute. Articles will be reviewed before being posted, at least to begin with.

  31. D Frank Robinson

    Is this acceptable for publication?

    Slashing the Gordian Knot of Bipartisan Ballot Access Censorship

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    Slashing the Gordian Knot of Bipartisan Ballot Access Censorship
    by D. Frank Robinson, Co-founder of the Libertarian Party,
    twice refused ballot access as a Libertarian candidate for Congress in Oklahoma in 2016 and 2018

    According to Article I, Section 4, of the United States Constitution, the authority to regulate the time, place, and manner of federal elections is up to each State, unless Congress legislates otherwise. However, the final authority on regulations of the time, place and manner of elections are the citizens who have natural, inherent and constitutionally recognized rights that neither the Congress nor any state legislature may violate. The right to vote is one of those natural, inherent individual rights which is protected by the First, Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments by implication elsewhere in the U S Constitution.

    How did Americans exercise their individual right to vote before and after the ratification of the Constitution? To begin with when voting with paper ballots the paper each voter used to publish his vote (only males voted back then) was the private property of the voter. The voter could write the name of anyone he pleased on his ballot and transfer that published preference to state authorities for tallying with the published preferences of all others who voted in an election. This straightforward exercise of the voter’s right worked satisfactorily for 100 years until the 1880s when the notion was spread that voters were influenced or intimidated too much by some partisans and need protection at the ballot box when the voter cast his ballot (still only males voted). The solution to this alleged crisis was to adopt the balloting procedures invented and adopted in Australia in the 1850s – the secret ballot reform.

    How was enabling the voter to cast his ballot anonymously implemented? By monopolizing the claim of ownership for production of ballots and compelling all voters to vote using only the state monopoly ballot. Where in U S constitutional documents can the power to seize ownership of the private property, the ballot, found? Nowhere. Nevertheless, in a short period of time beginning in 1888 in Massachusetts and New York the socialized ownership of the ballot by state governments as a suddenly public utility was adopted and is now the regime in all states and U S possessions. By the way, there was no just compensation for the taking of ballots from voters as one might think was due as stated in the Fifth Amendment.

    The monopolization of the ballot created an artificial scarcity. The state must bear the costs of paper and ink to print ballots. The costs of printing ballots was directly related to the number of offices and candidate names which must appear on the ballot from whom voters were compelled to choose. The state asserted the power to limit how many candidate names they are obligated to print to give the voters a “fair” range of choices. The relief valve from this rationing of ballot space was to continue to allow voters to write-in the name of any candidate which was not printed on the ballot by the state. This relief valve avoided a confrontation over ballot censorship so long as it was also easy for candidates to also meet very lenient quotas to have their names printed as “official” candidates on the ballot.

    For a couple of decades until into the 20th century the relief valve of the write-in vote and lenient quotas for candidates and parties to be advertised on the ballot as officially “recognized” was accepted by voters and endorsed by the judiciary.

    Then came the Red Scare of the 1920s. The idea was spread in the media to the public that “the Russian Communists and their socialist fellow travelers are coming” and they will use the ballot to overthrow the Constitution. The reflexive action was to centralize power in the status quo by imposing new more difficult and expensive quotas on access to the list of recognized official candidates and minimize the value of the write-in vote to zero or as close as the courts would allow to zero. Some states have succeeded in enforcing an absolute ban on the right to vote by write-in. One of those states is Oklahoma where the author was born and has resided most of his life.

    We have summarized the history of the monopolization of the ballot and the rise of censorship at the principal to which has entrenched two and only the two same [political parties in power for the last 100 years in all states and nationally. The result of ballot access laws which effectively censor voter rights has been progressive corruption of government which the institution of a duopoly of parties which act as quasi-governmental agencies almost totally unaccountable to voters.

    Hyperbole? Then why is ballot access reform to strike down the barriers to maximizing the voter’s right to choose so vociferously defended in the legislatures and the courts? All we are asking is to let the voter choose without the censorship of fees, petitions, deadlines and discriminatory “regulations” which favor the candidates of two particular and suppress all other candidates partisan and independent. The present electoral system is authoritarian and rigged to the extent that it raises questions of the legitimacy of the entire government.

    There is a sword which can slash this authoritarian Gordian Knot. An open all write-in ballot. One can find a working example of such a ballot in the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot. There is a catch. Only American citizens who are residing abroad are allowed to use this ballot. All domestic voters must use the ballots of the state monopolies or their votes are null and void. The adoption by the Congress of the format for the FWAB, as it is called, as the universal ballot which all states and territories must use would defeat the rationale for rationing ballot access by censorship. All voters would have the same unlimited power to write-in candidates and that means to power to overthrow governments without overt violence. That is the purpose of voting which our forefathers presented to their posterity. Today, their posterity votes in circles in a blind ballot alley.

    I have legal standing and I want to sue the state of Oklahoma in federal court to present this argument and seek to effectively abolish all ballot access laws. To my chagrin, a majority of the present composition of the Libertarian National Committee refuse to support my complaint and join with me as a co-plaintiff. The most I have been able to glean from my presentation to them in 2018 is that they believe my strategy is too radical and too far outside of conventional legal dogma. But as I contend it the voters who are the final arbiters of the extent of their own political rights and not the courts staffed by adherents of the duopoly parties. The people can be roused to speak if someone asks them to speak for their rights. The history of civil rights in the U S makes evident. Raising voting rights as a major issue is consistent with the Libertarian Party’s founders pledge to “challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.” I was there.

    What I want to know is can a majority of Libertarian party members support my challenge to the cult of the omnipotent state and the sect of slicing all challenges as thinly as will fit in the duopoly ideology democracy?

  32. paulie Post author

    This is not the thread to submit articles for publication, it’s the thread to sign up if you want to be signed up to actually be one of the people who can directly post articles to IPR.Yes, it’s within IPR guidelines, but the biggest issue we have is not finding articles which are within our guidelines but rather people willing to physically publish them here. Are you asking to, or willing to, be one of these people? Our problem is we have signed up quite a few but rarely have anyone willing to post anything at all anymore.

  33. Tom Scott

    Hello –
    I found you listed on Sara and I will be doing a little more expanding this month by accepting new partners and affiliates and may be able to offer our support—financial and otherwise. Check out our work (, and get back to us at your leisure.

    Also, I have an article that’s looking for a good home. It concerns rampant corruption in the legal system in the People’s Republic of MA. It could be the poster child for it.

    Best Regards,
    Tom Scott

  34. Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

    I would like to sign up as a writer. I’m very conversant with third parties and can provide accurate and well researched information on the present political action. I have about 60 websites so the one below is just one of them.

  35. paulie Post author

    We also do a monthly open thread. Part of the purpose is to send us news tips and proposed articles. Some writers may notice it there and not in their email, or maybe seeing both might remind them to post it. However, neither email nor open thread guarantees any of our writers/editors will pick up any particular submission. The most sure way to make sure that the items you want posted get posted is to sign up to help with that process.

  36. Kevin Bjornson

    I didn’t receive a reply to my request. I read Paulie’s post about rules, but didn’t read anything that might exclude the video example I posted above. I find the video amusing, and also revealing of a character trait of the LP chair. But if this type of thing is not high-brow enough, very well, I accept that limitation. Most of the articles I would post, are high brow; and I do run across a few that are relevant to your focus on third parties.

    So, what’s your decision?

  37. Pancho Perico

    Interesting: There is a link “Join the IPR Team,” but then there is nothing about how to do it.

  38. Desmond Silveira

    I’d like to join. My email address is the one in the comment. I had previously requested to join, but missed your follow-up post about my email address.

    I’ve been calling in to the Elections Divisions to various Secretaries of States and keeping track of ballot and write-in access. Though some states publish their own lists, others don’t publish anything but will offer lists of write-in candidates over the phone. I’d really like to get some of this information out there and feel like it would be a great fit for IPR.

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