Buying a New Party

As of last night, I’m on board a campaign to revive the LNC with new leadership at the 2006 convention in Portland, Oregon. I can’t give out many details of the campaign (names, urls, etc), but suffice to say it’s a lot of people who “get it” when it comes to politics and transforming the Libertarian Party into a political player. I have been tapped to be the Technical Director for this; and if things go well, I may possibly become part of of the national LP in a more direct role (based on my technical/grassroots skills).

Slogan of the moment:
“Libertarians – the after-party you’ve been searching for.”

Libertarians need to be poised to create the biggest political upset against entrenched beaurocrats, sparking a new era of transparent government and rational foreign policy and security without hypocrisy.

This is going to take money though, and I’m going to bust my ass to raise as much as we need to ensure this happens. And if we raise more than we need to win, you can bet we’re going to turn around and put that money into the revived libertarian awareness movement and campaigns. Because dammit, it’s time we started making people look at us as a de facto option when voting.

I know enough people who are fed up with the direction the LP has been taking in recent years, and I’m happy to see signs of change coming in at the edges (Shane Cory as new Communications Director is a good example). Our party has a strong future, we just have to stand up now and build the foundation for a strong movement into 2006 and 2008 and however long down the road it takes for us to effect libertarian change in our government.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. I’m a long time libertarian (well, more Neo- or pragmatic lbertarian as it seems to be more generally referred to these days) but I had not been a member of the LP until just this year. Mostly because of the planks in the platform that I would have considered too utopian or non-pragmatic in their viewpoint. Seeing some changes from these uncompromising positions that show some indications of true interest in being involved in “real politics” has prompted me to join up. I certainly hope that a push for more of the pragmatic libertarian views will provide for a more open arms platform that could help to show some responsiveness to the LP in American politics. I certainly wish you the best of luck as I think you may be pursuing the best course for the party and for our country.

  2. every leader should have their own personal blog……….every leader should file status reports on their own blogs every day after having read the daily status reports of every other leader on their personal blogs………..every leader lists the blogs of every other leader in their blogrolls……….if the LP has a national director who sits in silence and fails to blog a daily status report for the people every day on his own personal blog then that is bullshit……………dk

  3. This is good news Stephen!

    Just out of curiosity, out of all the influential members within the LP, how many would you estimate are on “our side”? How big of an up hill battle with this be?

  4. Phil, a good majority of the state chairs and delegates would be easy to target with a positive message.

    Doug, I can’t say it would be *daily* from the chair, but I know blogging would be part of the job description. Our vision includes an overall communications and technology strategy shift in the LP, so you’re on track with what you’re dreaming of.

  5. Amen! I really like everything I read about libertarianism (currently reading David Boaz’s book) but the party seems too radical to catch on to mainstream voters. Many people I talk to like what they hear, but are skeptical of the LP chances in the political arena. Moderate leadership and running the party like a machine (strange as that seems) will help.

  6. Thank you Stephen! This is a most righteous view. The LP’s Executive Director Joe Seehusen gets it, which is why you are seeing a lot of positive movement finally from the national LP. Two things he said at the last LNC meeting continue to resonate in my mind. One is that we need to keep showing up, magic happens when we do. The other is that political success in DC is measured solely by actually moving law in your direction. LNC Chair Michael Dixon praised Seehusen in a recent meeting, noting that this is the first time in the history of the party where the national office has actually engaged DC opinionmakers and Congress itself. And I wildly second your endorsement of Shane Cory as our new Communications Director as someone who understands these principles and is putting them into action on our behalf. Instead of whiny naysaying, you recognize this trend and are trying to mobilize support for it. Your blog crosses the line from intellectual masturbation to real political relevance, no small feat. Bravo!