The radical’s obligation

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December 5, 2016
The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  
Posted in Commentary

"I had a 'discussion' earlier this week, online, with an individual attempting to excuse the many and grievous shortcomings of Libertarian Party Presidential candidates over the years. I had remarked that it was a damned shame that the LP has always been unable -- or unwilling -- to nominate a candidate who is actually a libertarian. ... We can't get any votes, they whimper, if we scare voters away. And of course the whole object of having a political party in the first place is to win elections and put our own people in command -- and our own hogs at the public trough. Actually, the Libertarian Party was founded by individualists -- I was there at the time; I personally knew most of them and counted them among my friends -- whose objective, simply, was to advance the cause of liberty. This did not necessarily involve getting anybody elected; it simply required vigorous and truthful campaigns that would put constant and consistent pressure on the other parties and map a way out of the morass of over-government." (12/04/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle901-20161204-02.html  
  • dL

    Next, if Trump keeps his promises—universal, reciprocal, concealed weapons carry, for instance

    Unaware of that Trump promise(b/c he never made it).

    Lectures on the shortcomings of the LP would be more credible if the author himself wasn’t a Trump slurper****. As bad as the beltway crackpipe inhalers are, I find Trump slurping to be far,far,far,far worse and far,far,far,far more damaging to the “libertarian brand.”

    The ReThugs will never be(or shouldn’t be) any competition w/ the LP on gun rights b/c libertarianism on gun rights has it as unconditional, a right not abrogated by previous political crime convictions(e.g, drug convictions) nor trumped by placement on government lists. In contrast, Trump’s “gun rights” are for compliant “Trump citizens.” Trump’s position is right-wing progressive. For example, burning a piece a cloth you own means you forfeit the right to own a gun…forever.

    ****Trump slurping==projecting your own fantasies onto Trump while exhibiting an obstinate cognitive dissonance re: his inconsistencies and outright bootlicking.

    • “Unaware of that Trump promise(b/c he never made it).”

      Wrong.

      • dL

        Article is dated sept. 2015…yeah, I would have missed that at that time.

        The rest of I what wrote, however, stands…

        • I was certainly disappointed in Smith’s endorsement of Trump.

          It was understandable to me that some people with no firm ideological grounding would fall for Trump’s “anti-establishment” kabuki.

          And, as is becoming usual, the Libertarian Party decided to play establishment respectability politics instead of offering voters a libertarian choice, making it easier for Trump to rook people.

          But I expected Smith to know better.

          • dL

            It was understandable to me that some people with no firm ideological grounding would fall for Trump’s “anti-establishment” kabuki.

            yes, I too have little tolerance for people who should know better. And I’m not going to be charitable in my assessment of them. And I don’t care who you knew or where you were 45 years ago…I care much more about what you are now…

            And, as is becoming usual, the Libertarian Party decided to play establishment respectability politics instead of offering voters a libertarian choice, making it easier for Trump to rook people.

            yes, the LP ran a ticket that did not have a libertarian position on gun rights. Indeed the LP’s republican lite position managed to piss just about everyone off. Even Anderson Cooper. Quite a feat…

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