Libertarian Limerick

Tom Knapp has a great article up over at Free Market News touching on the coming dust-up at the LP Convention over platform reform, rewriting, infighting and the battle that’s dividing libertarians and concludes with his own one-sentence platform that works well in a soundbite:

The [insert name here] Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.

Don’t know why he used the “insert name here” part, since only Libertarians could get away with saying this, but Tom asked for a limerick, so I’ll oblige:

There once was a third party of liberty,
Where infighting over “reform” was a duty.
They refused to engage in real politics,
But when they lost they claimed it “fixed.”
Will Libertarians ever find unity?

19 Comments
  1. How about haiku?

    Libertarians
    Dems and repubs laugh at us
    We just want freedom

  2. I can see that that works while government is excessively sized, but that small statement seems to have as a final point no government, which is not an issue all libertarians agree on.
    Besides, that platform as it stands gives reasons for things, and applies the principles to situations folks care about, so it kinda works as a recruiting tool too, no?
    Plus, it is fun to point out the detail when comparing it to the vague and brief stuff in:
    http://www.ontheissues.org/Dem_Platform_2004.htm
    (if someone knows where the Republican one is, do let me know – do they have one?)

  3. All platforms of parties that received an electoral vote*:
    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/platforms.php

    My favorites are the Republican Platform of 1856 and the Democrat platform of 1844.

    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/showplatforms.php?platindex=R1856
    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/showplatforms.php?platindex=D1844

    * Except the LP of 1972

    We need a short, focused, short term achievable platform like the ones I cited about. A more recent example would be the Contract with America.

    Kitchen sink Libertopia platforms will doom us to eternal failure.

  4. Please stop using “since”, when you mean “because”.It is very irritating.

  5. Stephen, you write:

    “Don’t know why he used the ‘insert name here’ part, since only Libertarians could get away with saying this …”

    It’s not only Libertarians who could get away with saying it. It is only libertarians who could get away with saying it … and there’s no law of nature that says the Libertarian Party is the only conceivable libertarian party.

    Nemo, you write:

    “I can see that that works while government is excessively sized, but that small statement seems to have as a final point no government, which is not an issue all libertarians agree on.”

    Actually, it doesn’t have a “final point” at all. It is a statement of what a (hypothetical) political party stands for now. Presumably if said party succeeded in reducing government to a point beyond which many or most supporters of that party decided that it didn’t need to be reduced any more, the party would either modify its platform or become irrelevant as support for it dropped away.

    Regards,
    Tom Knapp

  6. Herman, you write:

    “Ahhhh libertarians”¦like Republicans, only castrated.”

    If I understand you correctly (I may not be), you’re implying that the World’s Smallest Political Platform resembles the Republican Party’s agenda.

    If so, that’s incorrect. The WSPP supports cuts in government “at all levels and on all issues,” while the GOP supports expansions in government at particular levels and on particular issues. The WSPP opposes increases in government at any time and for any purpose, while the GOP supports some expansions of government at some times and for some purposes. On the quick and easy, “defense” would be one issue where the GOP supports increases and opposes cuts at this time (and at most times since at least WWII).

    Regards,
    Tom Knapp

  7. Everyone is always too easy on the Republican Party. Since they have been in charge, spending has increased faster than it did under the Democrats. The Republicans are not the party of smaller government, in any way. They have no credibility — none, zero, zip, zilch, nada.

    Ads for the Libertarian or _________ freedom party in 2008 should feature that message prominently, along with an update on the national debt, which will be TEN TRILLION DOLLARS by then.

  8. there once was a party, libertarians,
    who damanded the freedom of everyman,
    though they lost at the possl,
    we see history shows
    that they properly assesed teh situat-an

    man i am a bit tipsy. hey, buy insurance from me!

  9. and there’s no law of nature that says the Libertarian Party is the only conceivable libertarian party.

    hmmmmmmm. That’s very true Tom.

  10. In the article, “What The Libertarian Party Should Be Doing”, Ernest Hancock makes a few good points that fit in with the “reform” and “real politics” debate.

    SEE: http://www.strike-the-root.com/61/hancock/hancock1.html

    I’m still having trouble understanding exactly what reform and real politics is all about. In the past 2 years, the LPHQ has done CPAC outreach, the estate tax and Iraq exit strategy initiatives, and currently lists “call talk radio” under Action Alert.

    Now, since these things don’t sound like things the LP purists and anarchists would come up with, can I assume that these things are considered doing “real politics” indicating that “reform” has taken place?

    Since the purists are said to control the LP, is it possible that Dixon, the LNC, and the people at LPHQ are engaged in a conspiracy to fool all of us into thinking they are moderate/conservative common-sense folks doing real politics?

    VanDyke’s limerick seems a little snarkey. The WSPP needs a humorous one.

  11. “The Libertarian Party uses lawful political means to enhance liberty, to create less onerous government, to reduce taxes, and to ensure equality before the law.”

  12. We are powerless until the present system finishes commiting suicide. Can we wait that long? If not, what do we do?

  13. Real politics is running Libertarians for public office in races they are electable. The electable level depends on the qualifications of the individual candidate.

  14. “until the present system finishes commiting suicide”

    OR

    Until martial law is declared and we have a full blown police state

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