This blog began three years ago as part of a US Congressional race. Recently, I created a YouTube video that caps off my activities in the Libertarian Party and explains why I can no longer support that organization any longer. Please give it a watch.
I served for 30 years as an active member of the Libertarian Party,
and then another 3 years trying to re-brand the Pennsylvania chapter as a moderate, common sense and full-fledged political party.
Here in Pennsylvania, we soon limited the radicals by a new, simplified platform,
one that respected their extreme ideology but that would also accomodate
other moderate views... and therefore many more people.
Unfortunately, the radicals saw it as Heresy, and nothing was achieved in 2 years due to in-fighting and hack politics.
My only choice was to either surrender the party,
or to stop negotiating and expel the radicals from the party altogether.
I chose to leave.
So, while I'm at the end of the story, let's move on to the beginning.
I joined Libertarian Party through the Clark Campaign in late 1979
I served as State Chair of the Delaware LP 81-85
And I ran for National Chair at the 1985 Phoenix Convention (where I carried 2 states)
In '89, I moved to western Pennsylvania to raise a family
and served 4-years as an elected School Board Director
I rejoined the LP of Pennsylvania in 2009 where I came to serve as Secretary for a year, and managed to rally overwhelming support for a new, simplified and reasonable platform, only 10 statements long.
I also ran for US Congress in 2010 and received over 3% of the popular vote.
However, my platform wasn't the normal Libertarian Party BS you see today:
I advocated single-payer medical insurance, which I justified from a libertarian perspective.
My motto was, "We don't need less government, we need better government"
And built my public statements on the assumption
that Liberty and Democracy are NOT opposing ideas.
After the race, I started calling myself a "Progressive Libertarian".
I spent 3 years total in the LPPA trying to make it an inclusive, broad-based political party
However, the national Party is under complete policy control rooted in Austrian Economics and Ancap fundamentalism.
I'm done fighting with them. They'll retake the state party this April and the LP of Pennsylvania will once again be just a right-wing populist group on the fringe of conservatism.
Good news is that I've come out of this experience with a new position, what I call Radical Centralism.
I recognize that, historically, the point of any economic policy is to secure wealth.
That's how it has always been. Any progress for humanity is ultimately a balance with its conservative roots, between Property and the People.
And that is why the political Center the most volitile position in politics, because that's where change is actually made.
And this is also why Right-Wing Populism, which is what Murray Rothbard advocated, is such a dangerous phenomena in the US today.
They are educating a new Corp of youth and veterans,
all under councils of Old Guard Conservatives
The trolls you find that spout off about NAP and "voluntaryism" are simply leaders-in-training.
Now, I'm not saying that they are Fascists. I'm not. I'm saying that fascists are like Them.
People wrapped up in this Anarcho-Capitalist, Austrian School bullshit need to check themselves.
If you truly believe in the principle of Liberty, it's time you embraced the principle of Democracy as well.
This is America. For all its faults, the US stood against the monarchies of Europe, from the Congress of Vienna to the end of the Habsburg Empire. The Austrian School was born under the Habsburgs and continues the tradition to this day.
Anarcho-Capitalism is a very radical view, a belief in the privatization of everything and an end to all democracy.
The Libertarian principles of "individual sovereignty" and "self-ownership", as if people can be owned at all, needs to be questioned.
I'm not calling them feudalists, but that feudalists are like Them.
These "new intellectuals", as Ayn Rand called them, all talk the same, all argue the same way.
They're being trained that way. They're everywhere. And frankly, it's exhausting.
Government is not the problem. Corruption is the problem, and we need to correct it.
I believe that government should Serve== to protect the People and secure their rights.
I think that rights in property should be respected, but that citizen rights must also be respected.
And in referencing the US Constitution, Article 1 Section 8, the phrases "common defense" and "general welfare" should carry equal weight.
Anyway, that's how I see things now. If you'd like to discuss anything, post your comments and we'll chat.
Thanks for watching.