Libertarian/Democrat Organization Shake-ups

I’m interested in the recent punditry on the Democratic Party’s future for one reason: Libertarians and libertarians have a lot to learn, and in some way are mirroring the upheaval that is occuring.

Reason’s Hit & Run pointed out an interesting discussion going on at Blogging of the President which — if you replace democrat with libertarian — is an interesting strategy debate:

Most importantly everything in young dem land is so massively top-down. Nobody in the field can make a decision without the OK from DC and nobody in DC cares about anything except about what is going on in DC. What ends up happening is that young progressive organizers, people who care desperately about consensus and small d democracy, do not want to have any part of the dem hierarchy. They end up starting their own small local organization, or join lefty college activists organizations and end up burning out and falling out of politics. We are not going to get to a progressive majority until we stop squandering our talent.

Interestingly, the debate on the future of the LP is also being spurred on by small l libertarians.

UPDATE: Almost forgot the MoveOn.org rumblings: “For years, the party has been led by elite Washington insiders who are closer to corporate lobbyists than they are to the Democratic base,” said the e-mail from MoveOn PAC’s Eli Pariser. “But we can’t afford four more years of leadership by a consulting class of professional election losers.” That’s systemic with a capital L, too.

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  1. Funny you should mention the whole “replace ‘democrat’ with ‘libertarian'” conversation because I said exactly the same thing on The New Libertarian Blog yesterday. We are in a very similar junction between the “old guard” and the “new folks,” and we would be fools not to take a lesson from Dem political strategists… who are kind enough to publish their ideas in the newspapers.