DOWN WITH POWER and the LP Platform February 29, 2012Posted by Administrator in : Politics , trackback
An acquaintance of mine sent me, among others, an appeal to help him keep the powers that be within the Libertarian Party from cutting the national platform into even tinier shreds than it’s in now.
I grew sick to death a long time ago of trying to preserve an LP platform worthy of the name from constant attacks on it by would-be Republicans within the LP ranks who are afraid to take what libertarians really believe to the public. Since 1979, the last year I served on the committee, it has gotten progressively worse.
After the Barr nomination, I was so thoroughly fed up, that I obtained a grant (private, of course) to write a book, _DOWN WITH POWER: Libertarian Policy In A Time Of Crisis_. Basically, it’s a 301-page platform for a REAL Libertarian Party or anybody else who needs a decent, individualistic ideological base.
I wrote it for a number of purposes.
First, it’s meant to serve as a “recruiting” asset to encourage individuals to become libertarians.
Second, it should help new libertarians to get their bearings in the movement. I was a libertarian for ten years before the party was organized, so I’ve seen a lot of people join up, one way or another, then wander around confused for a long while before they “got it” or left the movement in frustration.
Third, the book’s intended to serve as a campaign guide and reference for libertarians running for office, the majority of whom are usually fairly new to the movement. Since there isn’t anything else like it, it should prove useful to them and give the public a better insight into what we’re really all about.
Finally, it’s intended to embarrass the LINOs and Nerf libertarians right out of the movement. I have fond dreams of some Republicanoid candidate having to answer questions from the media that begin, “Do you _really_ believe … ” At which point the candidate has to disagree with and disavow a book written by a 50-year veteran of the movement, or choke on his own hypocrisy.
(The book has a distinctively-colored cover, so the candidate can’t miss noticing that numbers of his audience are carrying it, and probably know more about libertarianism than he does.)
Of course I have to strive to get the party associated in the minds of the press and public with the book. I’m working on that every day. And I have to make sure it sells in sufficient numbers to achieve its purposes.
_DOWN WITH POWER: Libertarian Policy In A Time Of Crisis_ can be had at Amazon.com, B&N.com, and several other places in both dead-tree and e-reader formats. An audio book will be available as soon as we can produce it.
I have fashioned a new weapon for you. Go forth and wield it.