From all over (, , ) comes the news that the Libertarian Party is raising membership dues from $25 to $50 a year simply for the pleasure of having a little card saying you are a member of the Libertarian Party and a monthly newsletter letting you know that the LP HQ has the ability to write press releases. The bad news here is that UMP (Unified Membership Program) payments to the state parties will remain flat (and relatively paltry as it is).
Herein lies the catch-22 for small “L” libertarians who aren’t aware of the internal problems in the LNC: Do you join a party that shows no results or interest in actively promoting libertarianism through advertising or Internet outreach and education? Should you join the party in order to help them raise the funds or become active in the LP to do any of this?
Based on the current leadership, it’s safe to say that any money currently given to them is being wasted and that the extra $25 increase will be wasted as well. I expect results when I give any organization money, and right now there’s no indication that this will be changing for the better anytime soon (perhaps after the next national convention when the state chairs turn the tide against the incumbents and real change can be introduced).
In the meantime, save your money for other organizations who are offering tangible benefits, not just a membership card.