Kevin Tuma wrote an interesting article suggesting what the Libertarian Party might do to implement effective change in a political direction over at The Free Liberal. Here’s a clip:
Despite the fact that libertarianism is actually becoming fashionable enough that people proclaim themeselves to be libertarian without the slightest clue to its meaning..the Libertarian Party continues to fail. It has existed in the body politic for 33 years and has accomplished nothing, because it has never won. One must win to achieve change in the political world. The pseudo-intellectual denizens of the Libertarian party are not at all unaware of this. Worse: They don’t care.
Taking a cue from Turbett’s article, I have to propose an obvious solution.
Solution: Create a new libertarian Third Party that has none of the intellectual baggage embraced by the old. A new party dedicated to getting elected, to embracing real solutions that decrease government authority, and to the goal of ruthlessly seizing power away from the hands of the federal government and turning it back to the citizenry.
Libertarian reaction: Disinterest. Because the old guard and the intellectual nucleus of the Libertarian Party would rather continue the process of being a party of principled losers.
Tuma’s solution is to create a new Libertarian Party. However, I’ve got access to a few pieces of information which give me some hope for the current party. Many of them will be exposed to the public light over the next few months. As I’ve stated before, I’ll give the LP up to November 2008. Additionally, items like today’s news from Indiana continue give me a bit of hope.