Steve G.

Another (intentionally open-ended) topic for discussion:

In Libertarian Party-US on August 19, 2008 at 8:26 am

What is the purpose of the Libertarian Party?

  1. I don’t even know anymore, really. I came in thinking so many things about it, now I’m just cynical again.

  2. For me, it’s a platform to advocate and advance liberty through electoral means.

  3. To use the soapbox afforded political candidates to inject
    often unheard libertarian issues and solutions into the campaign. Then to organize and employ those attracted to said solutions into building more support for said solutions.
    We focus too much on “winning” which then discourages those who should be instead pleased by steady growth.
    So the “steady growth” doesn’t happen and we end up with state organizations as weak as (or weaker) than they were 30 years ago.

  4. Is this a rhetorical question?

    If not, maybe Barr or Root can answer it.

  5. Given that you used the word “party” instead of “movement” or “ideology” I would have to answer functioning as a political party with the objective of actually trying to elect candidates to office across the nation who will work to reduce the power of government and increase the scope of individual liberty.

    If you’re not interested in functioning as a political party, then don’t organize as one, and use those massive amounts of money (by our lights, anyway) that are funding ballot access and the presidential campaign to fund non-political-party type efforts to change society (a Libertarian ACLU or Heritage).

    Personally, I don’t see some states as being in the same place they were years ago, with North Carolina and Texas as examples.

  6. To meet girls?

    No, that can’t be it…

  7. Education should be the purpose. The system is rigged so winning will come after that cold day in hell.

  8. The LP’s purpose(s) are defined in its bylaws. Since the relevant portion has not been amended in recent years, the reasonable supposition is that the members (as represented by delegates to the party’s biennial national conventions) are happy with them.

    The Party is organized to implement and give voice to the principles embodied in the Statement of Principles by: functioning as a libertarian political entity separate and distinct from all other political parties or movements; moving public policy in a libertarian direction by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office; chartering affiliate parties throughout the United States and promoting their growth and activities; nominating candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States, and supporting Party and affiliate party candidates for political office; and, entering into public information activities.

  9. To provide jobs for Bill Redpath’s buddies, duh!

  10. I think the by-laws were secretly amended in a closed session of the Double Secret Pragmatism Caucus of the LNC. The last five words (“entering into public information services”) were removed from the by-laws.

    “Information services” constitutes “education” and, as any moderate pragmatist will tell you, only radical anarchists and purist nutjobs think a political party should engage in education. The only purpose for the LP is to elect candidates and it is the libertarian whackos who want to educate people that cause LP candidates to lose elections.

    And this is why I expect the Barr/Root team to win the election. With all this pragmatism and common sense floating around, and the new secret by-laws, how can they lose?

    Well, unless those damn purists start educating people, then all bets are off.

  11. Steve,

    Can you explain what you mean by this?

    Personally, I don’t see some states as being in the same place they were years ago, with North Carolina and Texas as examples.

  12. No, Mr. Lesczynski the objective is to meet women. Only weirdos want to meet girls.

  13. The purpose of the LP is to demostrate what happens to a good idea (a political party dedicated to human freedom) when petty bitching and political masturbation gets in the way of doing *something* for liberty.

  14. It exists to give us a place to argue, DUH!

    The alternative is we all go postal and overthrow the government.

    Hey, wait a minute….

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