Our Path is Clear, and Our Obstacles… Insignificant

The LNC has given every indication that we, the small “L” libertarian blogging community, will remain marginalized and will only be patronized in order to try and appease us.

To paraphrase a proverb: if we can’t go to the LP, we’ll make the LP come to us.

Here’s the plan:
I will be working with a small group of people over the next month (Stephen Gordon included of course) to develop and test a collaborative libertarian website along the lines of what we would have liked to do for the LP (minus specific state applications). This will be a multi-user and multi-poster website much like DailyKos, MyDD and RedState, only it will feature the libertarian community. We will use this site to raise the overall libertarian profile and awareness, promote libertarian candidates and campaigns that are well run and can win, and to act as a “hive” that can sting our opponents with the barbs of opposition research and negative exposure and reward our allies with the honey of contributions and praise.

Anyone will be able to sign up and start their own journal, or integrate an existing blog into the site via RSS or permanent migration and redirection (I will eventually be migrating Hammer of Truth into the new site permanently). While there will of course be issues that we still have not tackled, we hope to create a central meeting place for libertarians in order to harness the numbers we do have and grow the potential numbers at our horizon.

This will begin the jumping point for the masses of libertarianism to grow as a political voice, regardless of whether our own stuffy relic of a political party wants to let control be wrenched from its hands or not. Sadly, there is one thing they should have realized: they never had a choice.

If you have exceptional skills in PHP, MySQL, HTML/CSS or graphic design, we can always use an extra hand (we had about 14 people working on the Badnarik Web Team at some point or another). Drop a comment here and I’ll respond to the email address used.

UPDATE: Stephen Gordon has this good news (we’ve been busy tonight): “I?Äôd like to announce that we have a national PAC, to be directed by George Phillies, at our disposal for bank deposit, reporting and money distribution purposes.”

UPDATE: The PushLiberty Web Team has been established, we are hitting the ground running.

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. Stephen,

    That is what I like to hear!!!!!!! I love that last sentence… you need to keep that one…. save it for the unveiling or something.

    Again, let me (and hopefully all of us) know how I (we) could help.

    I know that I have some Flash/2D/3Danimation and art skills that could be of much help in the future here.

    I say that every libertarian should list their talents and offer their help so that you (we) can make this the best political site out there.

    *Make sure there is great activism (ideas taken from moveon.org, but better), media/ad buys and support. awesome blogs. a great forum of some sort (also, some great city/state actions and activism can be ran from there), links…… oh, you know the deal. I think you should try to get as many great ideas as you can together… possibly asking for ideas from your readers.

    Keep the fires going!

  2. I thought you might do that. Let me know if I can help. I dont think my skillz are l33t enuff but they are getting better with use and learning.

  3. I am well versed in php and perl, so if you need some technical help, do not be shy to ask. Even though I didn’t major in computer science, I have a lot of knowledge in those areas. :)

  4. I think by giving yourself the liberty (kind of ironic) to support any libertarian candidate as opposed to just Libertarian candidates, you’re going to be more effective. And I’m sure I have nothing to offer that others can’t do better in the way of technical stuff, but I’d be glad to help out and anytime you’re interested in a non-big-L sounding board I can at least do that. (And I won’t even stick a knife in your back.)

  5. Take a look at http://www.libertarianwiki.org, if you’re not familiar with it. It has a similar focus and could complement your project. You probably are more familiar with the software than I am, but I’m pretty interested in Civic Space Labs (Drupal derived), and EGroupWare.

  6. First, I have knowledge of HTML/CSS. I’ve created a couple of homepages in the past, only the last one remains active. I am by no means an expert. I prefer to think of it as a hobby. I use a HTML editing program called HTML kit. If you don’t know HTML code, you can’t use this program. It is nothing like FrontPage (I never liked that program). When I first started creating webpages, I used notepad and then saved it as a an HTML or CSS document.

    Second, I have very strong proofreading skills. I am a perfectionist when it comes to grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

    I have never liked the two major parties. To me they only differ in the way they spend my tax dollars. I am a firm believer in libertarian principles. I always have been. I just didn’t learn about it as a political movement until recently, maybe a little over a year ago.

    I am interested in blogging and would like to contribute in that arena as well. I feel that my writing style is straight-forward, blunt, and concise.

    If you want to contact me, you have my e-mail.


    Jon j.brennan.home.mchsi.com

    P.S. I have a full time day job so I will never promise more than I can give.

  7. I can’t wait for this. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a while and this will be the perfect opportunity. It sounds like you’ve alredy got a development team in place, but if you need anything (even if it’s rote data entry or typing), let me know.

    This is exciting.

  8. Stephen,

    Sounds like an exciting enterprise, and good luck! In the future, you’ll probably realize that you were lucky not to get buy-in from LPHQ. They serve three functions:

    1) To take credit for everything good that happens, even if they didn’t do it;

    2) To shift blame for everything bad that happens, even if they did do it; and

    3) To drain every dime they can out of both.

    It’s not the people serving at LPHQ or on the LNC per se (although there may be some of that), it’s just the nature of the beast. Any reform of the LP will have to end, not begin, with LPHQ and the LNC.

    Tom Knapp