Libertarian Party: Mr. Chairman, Tear down this wall

I’m talking about the wall the LNC, led by Chairman Mike Dixon, have erected between the Washington-based Libertarian National Committee (LNC) and those of us who know how to build a viable Internet strategy for the party.

Stephen Gordon continues the debate over how to reinvigorate the Libertarian Party with this exhaustive look of what a proposal will look like — Proposal: An Open Source LP. He concludes:

I suggest that a group of us hold a meeting and form a complete plan which we can provide to the LNC about how to modify the LP website. Included in our proposal will be our salaries and technical expenses. Then, with LP approval, we implement our plan and self-fund it through internet donations. If we raise enough, we get paid. If not, we don?Äôt. TANSTAAFL.

The LNC should have no problem with this concept, as they have no risk of loss, and a great chance of gain. It is a simple solution which can be implemented in as short as two months.

[…] those who cannot adapt to the 21st century need to be voted out of office at the next LP National Convention in Portland.

He’s right about voting them out of office, and I think it would be sad if we had to go such a long and tedious route. Right now, I have tapped several people who helped on the Web Team of the 2004 LP presidential campaign and am working to put together the technology side of this overhaul. One of those people is Lance Jonn Romanoff, who has considerable experience in political site design, and another is Eric Lanehart, who’s proposal to the Badnarik campaign led to it’s redesign and redirection after much applause from supporters.

Hell, just the proposal itself was enough to stir people to contribute and pledge towards that goal. As Gordon enumerated in his proposal, the Badnarik campaign grossed $279,978.64 with direct mail. Internet fundraising in the last 2 months (after the redesign) grossed $276,210.64. The net on Internet contributions automatically kills the direct mail as you can guess.

My take is that if the LNC doesn’t want to give us the time of day, we’ll send a redesign proposal packet to every state delegate and chair. And if the end result is an LP that won’t change, then the answer will be an LP that will have to compete with ravenous PACs and a fractured party, and that’s not good for anyone.

And if you think I’m kidding when I say the clock is ticking, realize that the Democrats are already positioning their re-emergence as a form of Social Libertarianism. From Reason’s Hit & Run comes this warning from the DNC press secretary:

We need a new story. Here’s rough cut: “Government: Assure liberty by staying as far away as possible from our bank accounts, our bedrooms and our bodies. Spread pluralistic democracy and free markets by example, not by force. Restore the moral authority of the mid-20th century civil rights movement, by fashioning public policy around individuals, not tribal identity groups.”

Anyone else think the current LP communications machine would get totally creamed by this?

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.

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  1. Let me add something. One of the sites I recently started is a blog site only dealing with Alabama politics called LibertyFlash. This site is only a couple of months old and already is significantly beating the state GOP and Demo sites. As the site does not draw a national audience other than from google and such – and deals with state, and not national issues, it is more than fair to compare it to the GOP and Demo sites. And I have the handicap of having a brand new site, while theirs have been around for some time,

    As of today, Alexa ratings (lower is better) are as follows: = 563,936 = 926,639 = 1,434,373

    The proof is in the pudding, folks.