Shameless Self Promotion

Erik Ellison of Truth in Tech just posted his interview of me. It covers issues ranging from my new position with the Libertarian Party to electronic privacy to Net Neutrality to LibertyMix. To be quite frank, I enjoyed question nine the most, but it has the least to do with politics or current events.

On a related note, I’m sort of in a gray area with respect to the new position and am going to self-impose some limitations on what I write at Hammer of Truth. One key thing I’ve been hired to do is to promote the Libertarian Party, Libertarian National Committee and Libertarian candidates for public office.

I’ll obviously still be covering political issues and current events when wearing my HoT hat (perhaps we need to market some with the HoT logo on them), but feel it would be unethical for me to cover certain issues. The obvious case would be if there are two Libertarian candidates for public office and I cover one but don’t provide equal time to the other. After the internal party debate is over and the final convention ballot is cast, I’d obviously not have any problem writing about the winner, though. The same holds true for people running for positions on the LNC or state party office. While it’s reasonable for me to promote people actually holding such office, any unbalanced coverage of people running for any party offfice would not be fair.

HoT and the LP are seperate and distinct entities and I’d expect other HoT writers and editors to continue to take a critical look at Libertarian Party issues and campaigns. However, I’m bound by my personal code of ethics to step out of this particular fray. However, there are plenty of other writers at HoT who are willing to cover such LP related matters. In fact, we have a new writer coming on board soon who plans to specialize in such issues.

If you’re a candidate (or staffer) for public or party office, please feel free to continue to send your news, releases, events or other items of interest to our tips line. If it’s newsworthy, someone here will likely cover it.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. Wow. Ate my post. Ahh, well…

    As to your #9 question — couldn’t you have asked for a Libertarian Death Star? C’mon… it’s a star… of death!.

    lol — in a *somewhat* less facetious tone, I’m still waiting to see what the LibertyMix is really like. That, and if you can put a dent on the “MSM” representation of the Libertarian Party.

    Right man, right place. Self-Promote away, man!

  2. Re: net neutrality: Net Neutrality was the law of the land until last year. It isn’t a new regulation- it’s the basic concept of common carrier.

    But, of course, you have faith that the marketplace will magically produce companies to lay down massively expensive wires and connection systems through massively expensive rights-of-way in parallel with the existing monopoly-owned networks.

    Just like what happened with local phone services during the Ma Bell era, when local Bell phone service was so awful and so expensive that competitors sprang out of nowhere.

    Oh, wait. They didn’t, did they? Most landline phone services are still local monopolies, aren’t they?


  3. Can you really call a landline phone service a monopoly when there are alternative phone services? If people don’t like their landline service they can get a cell phone or Voice over IP.

  4. VOIP (which I do use) still requires copper. Even though there are resellers in the chain, in my case I have to choose between the local telephone company or the local cable company to obtain the bandwith.

  5. I don’t know anything about the Atlantis Project, but last year I came across something similar to a new island: a floating platform creating new sovereign territory.

    On telecommunications (de)regulation, one group to follow is the Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They deal with what the regulatory environment is and how it is changing, particularly being affected by convergence and introduction of new technologies.

    Congratulations on your new position! This is great news for the LP!

  6. Not sure exactly how you put it, but thanks for mentioning the need for getting campaigns started early.
    And nice interview all around.