Declan McCullagh compared the W3C standards of political campaign sites and found that Libertarians resoundingly trounced the competition. The article — On Web standards, Libertarian candidates win — also paints libertarians as being massively stocked with techies and web entreprenuers (Thanks Jason Talley!):
Of approximately 1,000 campaign Web sites surveyed two weeks before the Nov. 7 election, only 35 passed the validation tests created by the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C. Seven of those were created by Libertarian candidates, some of whom have degrees in computer or electrical engineering or count themselves as free-software aficionados. (Republicans came in a close second.)
Call the Libertarians the political party of geeks, for geeks.
“I’ll be the first to admit that we do have a lot of geeks in the party, and I’m one of them,” Shane Cory, executive director of the national Libertarian Party, said Wednesday.
Cory believes tech-savvy Americans are drawn to the Libertarian Party because of its principled support for individual rights, lower taxes, and fewer government regulations. “We take a look at the issues before us and try to find solutions to them, just like you’d troubleshoot a PHP script or HTML.”
What really caught my eye is that the LP doesn’t seem to just talk about being the party of geeks, the core staff at the very top is a who’s who of geekiness:
The list of board members for the national Libertarian Party is no less geekish: a software engineer; a database consultant; an author of a book on Linux system administration; the CEO of a Web application company; and the creator of PocketMoney personal finance software for Palm handhelds.
“Can you find another political party with a tech-savvy board like this?” said Cory, the Libertarians’ national chairman. “I can tell you it’s not going to happen.”
Even Michael Badnarik’s former job before going into politics was as a programmer.
As a bit of background, I actually came into the (L/l)ibertarian fold from reading the uber-geek website Slashdot years ago and constantly seeing references to libertarian ideology, so it’s not much of a surprise. I’ve even needled people like Stephen Gordon to focus national fundraising efforts in geek havens like Silicon Valley.