Stephen Gordon gave me the heads up that the LP has updated the platform page and issued to reflect their job of promoting the Libertarian Party after the recent upheaval at the 2006 Convention:
The Libertarian Party Statement of Principles is the guiding philosophy behind the platform. While the platform has been trimmed, the guiding principles behind it remain unmodified. What hasn’t changed is that the Libertarian Party still favors smaller government, fewer taxes and more freedom.
“To understand this move by the delegates, you have to have a clear understanding of what the platform is and what impact it has on our candidates, elected officials and the party as a whole,” said Shane Cory, the Libertarian Party’s executive director. “What has changed is the level of detail we provide in our policy statements as described within the body of the platform.”
I think everyone should look at the platform from this fresh new approach: pretend you’ve never heard of the LP before today. This is because most people have in fact never heard of us and this is a great starting ground to get those people to move from their own party where they have been let down to the LP which is still principled but focusing on fewer issues.
I commend them on turning this whole thing into a positive item instead of stirring up the debates. Not that it will stop both sides from fighting over it ad nauseum.