Tag Archives: Libertarian Party

TX: Adam Kokesh files for Libertarian presidential nomination, is arrested after illegal drug search

Source: Reason

“Adam Kokesh, longtime anarcho-libertarian activist who first came to public prominence with Iraq Veterans Against the War in 2007 and was later a big Ron Paul supporter, today filed the paperwork necessary to officially seek the U.S. presidency. He is hoping for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination. He also had his RV pulled over twice by Texas police, and was arrested the second time. … A video of the second pullover that led to the arrest can be found on Facebook (and is embedded below). It shows highway patrol officers instructing Kokesh to shut off his camera at the point a police dog, off-camera, was said to have ‘alerted’ to the RV.” (01/16/18)


Stossel: Is 2018 the year of the Libertarian Party?

Source: Reason

“Libertarians had high hopes last presidential race. The candidates offered by the two major political parties were hated, so libertarians thought 2016 was their big chance. It didn’t turn out that way. Still, Nicholas Sarwark, Chairman of the Libertarian Party, says it was a great success. … [John] Stossel talks to Sarwark about what we can learn from the last election, and what the future holds for libertarians and the Libertarian Party.” [Flash video] (01/02/18)


Relieved by Roy Moore’s defeat? Thank a Libertarian

Libertarian Party

Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“Republican candidate Roy Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election for U.S. Senate. The Moore campaign was plagued by allegations of sexual impropriety, and voters turned away in droves from what was once considered a safe GOP seat. The race was so close, though, that Jones won by a margin of only 1.5 percent — less than the 1.7 percent of votes for write-in candidates, including Libertarian Ron Bishop. … According to Bishop campaign staffer Jim Albea, it will be several weeks before we know how many of the write-in votes went to Bishop. Libertarian candidates usually draw equally from disaffected Republicans, Democrats, and independents. Considering the slim margin of victory in such a heavily Republican state, though, Bishop probably turned far more voters away from Moore than from Jones. He did so with an unabashed campaign championing free trade, a balanced budget, lower taxes, and other common-sense Libertarian positions …” (12/14/17)


An open letter to the Libertarian Party

Source: Liberty Unbound
by Russell Hasan

“Why can’t the Libertarian Party win elections? The answer is, obviously, that the two major parties get all the power, incumbents, media coverage, and donor money, as well as activists from among the liberals and conservatives, who make up the vast majority of all political activists. It really is a simple answer that is not hard to understand and is a necessary and sufficient explanation. The real question is: what can we do about it? These are some answers to that second, tougher question.” [editor’s note: Interesting piece, but his first suggestion is for the LP to do something it’s been doing for decades (make membership free with premium features for people who pay) – TLK] (11/30/17)


Russia: Police arrest Libertarians during Adam Smith Forum

Source: Freedom Today Network

“Last weekend, the Libertarian Party of Russia was co-organising the Adam Smith Forum, an annual conference on classical liberalism, in Moscow. The topics discussed included railway nationalisation, universal basic income, smart contracts and many more — by no means anyone called for an armed anti-government riot. However, when a group of guests and speakers were going on a lunch break they were brutally searched, arrested and taken to the police station. Once again: in 2017, in the centre of Moscow, police arrest the participants of an academic conference! Some of the detainees were not released until late at night, others are still kept under arrest; some were accused of participating in an unauthorised rally and are now serving 15 days in jail.” [hat tip — Independent Political Report] (11/07/17)


Libertarian Party files brief attacking federal campaign limit on bequests

Source: Ballot Access News

“On September 5, the Libertarian National Committee filed this 27-page brief in Libertarian National Committee v Federal Election Commission, U.S. District Court, D.C., 1:16cv-121. The issue is whether it is constitutional for the federal government to prevent the party from receiving a bequest of amounts greater than $33,900 in any one year. The case arose when Joseph Shaber died in 2014 and left the Libertarian Party a bequest of $235,575. The FEC said the money must mostly be put in an escrow account, and doled out at the rate of $33,900 per year.” (09/05/17)


This LP member wishes Austin Petersen the best of luck

Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O’Brien

“Let’s be clear: the Libertarian Party is my only political party. Flirtations with the Ron Paul Revolution aside, I’ve only ever had one party affiliation. I don’t consider most Republicans to be that close to libertarianism. I really don’t — I think elected Republicans are fiscally irresponsible, utterly wrong on foreign policy, and terrible on social issues. I don’t see much they have in common with Libertarians, besides their lip service to the words ‘smaller government’ and ‘low taxes’ which none of them seem to actually be interested in acting on — oh, and a little lust for gun rights, unless the gun owner is a black man from Minnesota who gets murdered by a police officer. But, in fairness, I do understand why Libertarians go to the Republican Party to try to impact it.” (07/07/17)


Libertarian developments

Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“In a series of awesome developments, Austin Petersen defected (I wish him well but I’m glad he’s gone) from the Libertarian Party to the Republican Party, as I and countless others predicted he would, while Vice Chair Arvin Vohra signed up for the Audacious Caucus and announced his own Senate campaign, and while the Audacious Caucus released its proposed platform.” (07/06/17)


Please, Gary Johnson, stay the hell away from politics

Source: Rare
by Jack Hunter

“What many libertarians had hoped would happen with the Johnson campaign — mainstreaming and elevating our philosophy — the exact opposite happened. So when Reason reported on Thursday that Johnson was returning to politics, I did not rejoice — I recoiled. Johnson had his chance, the biggest chance the Libertarian Party will likely ever have in our lifetimes, and his campaign did more to diminish liberty than promote it. Johnson’s simple 2016 task was two-fold: First, present libertarianism coherently, and hopefully, attractively. Second, don’t look like an idiot. He failed on both.” (06/30/17)


Cuba: Regime arrests Libertarian Party members — “only the Communist Party is legal”

Source: PanAm Post

“Members of the Cuban Libertarian Party were arrested this week without warrant or cause, a party spokesperson reported. … a group of 15 special agents entered the house, violently attacking those inside while tearing apart the house, [Nelson Rodriguez] Chartrand said. President of the party Caridad Ramirez Utria, Vice President Heriberto Pons Ruiz and party member Eduardo Ramos were transferred to a detention center while Nelson and Miguel Lopez, best known as ‘Miguelito cartelito,’ who are currently on a hunger strike in solidarity with illegally imprisoned Libertarian political prisoners, were sent to a different one.” (06/02/17)