Tim West is a friend, co-blogger and the founder of Liberty For Sale. Due to serious health problems, his new marriage and a database crash, he’s dropping the site. He asked me to pass the following message along:
Liberty For Sale suffered a data base failure that looked rather involved tonight. I took this as a sign, and for a number of reasons, I have decided to put a bullet to the head of L4S. I have killed it dead with no remorse and deleted all the content within. I have also deleted all my backups.
Being a lightning rod for discontent within the LP is no longer something I wish to persue, mainly for very practical reasons. I simply can’t type well anymore, with one hand unable to be used due to my medical problems, posting is a real problem. I’m no longer able to make the level of entries required to keep the site fresh, and newer sites such as HoT have had much more effectiveness.
After my recent medical issues, I find that the back and forth required to maintain the level of discourse required to keep the pressure on the LP to change hearts and minds is something I can no longer do and yet make sure that my frame of mind is where it properly belongs as concerns my illness. Getting well again is my first priority, and anything that hinders that process can’t be tolerated.
It may seem very strange after what has happened to me, but I am happier now than I ever have been. My family is closer than ever, I am married to most wonderful and loving woman in the world, and I find that what I started back in August 2004 as The New LIbertarian has grown into a reform movement that can do just fine on it’s own.
It’s time for me to retire from active day to day blogging and concentrate on beating my illness. So that’s what I am doing.
I still intend to start a book project using voice to type software, and write about how to finish the job of turning the LP from a self obsessed quasi-religious cult to a political party that is driven to win elections and that can actually effect the level of freedom in the USA in a meaningful way. I can take much more time to do this than blogging allows, and the result if popular can influence many more people than any blog can. I have decided on this path.
I will still be active on the libertarian web, making comments where they need to be made. Thanks for everyone’s patronage over the last few years. It has been a joy to challenge the “conventional wisdom” inside the LP and be the one to tell everyone that the emperor wears no clothes.
I have zero doubt that in 2008~12, the LP won’t look anything like the LP of 2004. Take care.