Everyone here knows that the Libertarian Party hasn’t had a whole lot of political success since its creation. Not everyone agrees as to why this is, and that’s part of the problem. Not everyone agrees as to what to do about it, which is the other part of the problem.
Charles Stricklin clearly:
I’ve remembered why I haven’t become a card-carrying Libertarian before; it’s because they can’t get their act together. They place too much emphasis on arguing their own little pet subjects and agendas with each other and not enough reaching a consensus and working together toward a goal. If you get 10 Libertarians in a room [and] ask them to hammer out their political party’s platform, you’ll get 10 different opinions and no platform to run on.
You can see examples of this on any libertarian forum, even right here at HoT. People spend far more time arguing with each other and creating divisiveness rather than building a common base of agreement from which we can advance the cause of liberty.
Someone’s always got to insist on decriminalizing drugs; something that won’t go over well with the majority of the population. Someone’s always bringing up impeaching the President; despite the lesson that those supporting impeachment have always paid a heavy price in following elections. Someone’s always got to drive up the kook factor; like saying that Washington will one day be abandoned after they’ve entirely dismantled the federal government. Someone’s got to talk about removing troops from Iraq; when polls show that most Americans want to stay until at least Iraq forms its own government and can handle security duty.
I’m sure these people feel strongly about their own little policy to change the way their government works or fails to, but you Libertarians need to learn something: Just as a political party divorced from ideology, such as the Republicans, is doomed to lose, so does an ideology divorced from political organization. Until you people can stop knee-capping each other, you’ll never accomplish anything of lasting value.
If the Libertarian Party is going to be viable in 2008, or even in 2006, it seems to me that this has to change. “We must all hang together, gentlemen, else, we shall most assuredly hang separately.” So said Ben Franklin, a quote whose attribution isn’t in question (even though the exact wording is).
We aren’t all ever going to agree on everything. But if we’re ever going to get anything done, then we’d better start learning to work together.