Tag Archives: Thomas Knapp

‘Anarcho-surrealist’ comic party wins big in Reykjavik election

An interesting election result in Iceland, thanks to an email from Tom Knapp:

Running on a platform described as “anarcho-surrealism,” Iceland’s Best Party (Besti Flokkurinn) is no longer just a big joke. The six-month-old party led by one of the nation’s best-known comedians, Jón Gnarr, won a stunning victory in the capital city of Reykjavik’s local elections, securing the largest percentage of votes (34.7%)

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Darryl Perry Nominates Himself For Chair, Advises Delegates to Join Boston Tea Party

At the end of nomination for chair candidates, Bill Redpath asked if there were any other nomination for chairman of the Libertarian Party. Darryl Perry of Alabama walked to the mic and nominated himself as a candidate. Current chairman  Bill Redpath accepted his nomination, with a sigh, and welcomed him to make a nomination speech.… Read more ...

Various Events At Libertarian Party National Convention, Bylaws Voting By Mail

Thomas Knapp reports from the Radical Caucus Lunch, an informal meeting of that caucus, that there were over 50 delegates present.

He was also present at the founding of the Non-Intervention Caucus, which I am told was “well attended” by delegates, I’ll try to find numbers for attendance. It’s purpose is to oppose the platform committee recommendation on plank 3.3,… Read more ...

Rumor: Bob Sullentrup Leaving the Libertarian Party

Tom Knapp is one of our reporters on the ground at the Libertarian Party National Convention. He will be giving us updates from the floor all weekend long. Knapp reports that multiple sources have told him that Libertarian National Committee Secretary Bob Sullentrup is leaving the Libertarian Party. The National Convention of 2010 will serve as his “last hurrah”.… Read more ...

Kn@ppster: Boozing on a budget at the Libertarian National Convention

Posted by Tom Knapp at St. Louis on the Cheap (for maps see original):

“Cheap” is certainly a relative term when it comes to alcoholic beverages. To some it means a bottle of MD 20/20. To others it means mass market “beer.” And so on and so forth. In any case, popular demand (yes, really) decrees that I put up some advisories on booze as Libertarians begin arriving in St.… Read more ...

Kn@ppster: Handicapping the LNC chair election

Posted by Tom Knapp at Kn@ppster:

General Predictions:

– The final ballot will be Wayne Allyn Root vs. ???

– On all ballots prior to that final ballot, Root will place first among all contenders.

– If Root isn’t within a short distance of a majority (40-45% minimum) on the first ballot, he won’t win.… Read more ...

Tom Knapp: ‘Confessions of an Increasingly Skeptical Libertarian Partyarch’

Posted by Tom Knapp at c4ss.org. In addition to writing for IPR and numerous other places, Knapp is: Chair, St. Louis County (Missouri) Libertarian Central Committee; Appointed Libertarian federal officeholder (Selective Service System); Five-time Missouri Libertarian candidate for Congress, state legislature and local office. The views expressed are his own, not IPR’s.Read more ...

Tom Knapp endorses George Phillies for Libertarian National Committee Chair

Posted by Tom Knapp at Kn@ppster. In addition to writing for IPR, Knapp is a past and/or present officer in his local, state and national LP, staffer for various campaigns, and candidate for a variety of public offices, among other things.


In endorsing George Phillies for chair of the Libertarian National Committee, I should probably first explain why I did not support his campaign for the Libertarian Party’s 2008 presidential nomination.… Read more ...

Tom Knapp drops out of Presidential nomination race

In a post at Kn@ppster, Tom Knapp explains why he is no longer interested in seeking the presidential nomination of the Libertarian and Boston Tea parties.

I’m sure you’ve heard the analogy of third party electoral politics to a hamster on a wheel — it runs and runs and runs, but never gets anywhwere.

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Tom Knapp: Proposed Missouri LP resolution against the national convention poll tax

Posted by Tom Knapp at Kn@ppster:

As a district representative on the Missouri Libertarian Party’s executive committee, I’ve asked the party’s chair to add the following resolution to the agenda for the committee’s next meeting:

Whereas, the national bylaws of the Libertarian Party set forth the qualifications of delegates to the party’s national convention; and

Whereas, those bylaws do not provide for the assessment or collection of any fee from delegates as a condition of floor access or full participation in business sessions; and

Whereas, the delegate apportionment formula specified in the bylaws is primarily based on the number of sustaining, i.e.

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Kn@ppster: ‘Buttrick v. Root’

Posted by Tom Knapp at Kn@ppster:

Hat tip to Mike Renzulli (via the LP Radicals list) and Freedom’s Phoenix, which just posted video of a speech given by Maricopa County, Arizona Superior Court Judge John Buttrick at the 2009 “Freedom Summit.”

What qualifies Buttrick to opine on the future of the Libertarian Party?… Read more ...

Kn@ppster: Reasons for Radicals (to return to the Libertarian Party)

Posted by Tom Knapp:

I don’t spend a lot of time trying to convince radicals who’ve rejected (or left) the Libertarian Party to re-evaluate it (or return to it).

That’s not because I don’t want agorists, anarchists, voluntaryists, et. al in the LP. As a matter of fact, I very much do want them there.… Read more ...