Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Libertarian Party Active Membership Numbers for June 2014 through July 2017

Libertarian Party Active Membership Numbers for June 2014 through July 2017

June           14136
July            14260
August       14134
September  13734
October      13442
November  12947
December  12053

January       11902
February     11988
March         11845
April           11837
May            11663
June            11640
July             11649
August        11708
September   11715
October       11399
November   11198
December    11184

January       11183
February     11413
March         11824
April           12509
May            14532
June            15477
July             16656
August        17568
September   17888
October       18327
November   18564
December    18592


January        18908
February      18715
March          18334
April            17843
May             16652
June             16065
July              15110

Source:   Lnc-business Archives  

Monday, July 31, 2017

Political Parties are Frying Pans. Don't Jump-in Unless You Want to Get Dirty in the Grease

I've never understood the people who get involved in a political party (name your favorite) and when they understand its nature, stay despite their dislike of it.  These people desire to be above it all ("holier than thou"), and not get dirty with what it actually is.   These people just simply hate politics and refuse to get in the mud with the pigs.  Then their desire to be above it all and to not get muddy actually compromises the goals of a political party, which is getting like-minded people elected or appointed to office. 

It's like being a minister for the praise from the congregation for the morning sermon, but not administering to the sick and infirm.  It's like being a lawyer wanting the money and prestige but doing nothing so muddy as trying a case or putting together a transaction. It's like boasting of the clean water in one's hometown, but looking down upon the workers who manage and clean the sewage facility.

So if you don't like political parties, don't stay and pretend it is something that it isn't.  If you're involved with a political party but don't want to get down in the mud and start getting your fellow like-minded compatriots elected, then don't do it.   If you try to redefine a political party as a think-tank or something else, stop with the fraud.  Call it a think-tank or nonprofit educational organization.  Those are valuable and essential too.  

The world needs "honey dippers" (those who remove sewage from within cisterns, outhouses, etc.)  Yet if you don't want to be a honey dipper, don't pretend to be one.  Otherwise the sewage collects and the world becomes a worse place in which to live.  Same is true for those who are involved with political parties.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Is Libertarianism a Pathway to Stalinism?

Today I ran across by chance the article mentioned below.  It is a reminder of how the extreme elements that have control of the Libertarian Party can take things in a horrible way.  In private conversations lately I’ve compared the extremists in control of the party with the losers to Stalin in his removal of the more liberal Bolsheviks who supported Lenin.

                The article is Why libertarianism is closer to Stalinism than you think.

                This passage really made me think: “Libertarianism, in short, resonates with an avid quest for political purity.”

                Much in the article is unduly harsh, and I disagree with some of its premises and conclusions.  But  it frames something that needs to be considered by reasonable Libertarians worried about the viability of the Libertarian Party.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Americans Deserve Better PAC, Inc. Test Marketing Results Maine 2nd Congressional District - Johnson/Weld Independent Advertising

Here are the test marketing results for Maine 2nd Congressional District of the independent advertising for Johnson/Weld done by Americans Deserve Better PAC, Inc. I serve on its advisory board.