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Friday, November 9, 2012

Lew Rockwell Walter Block- Contra Randy Barnett on the Libertarian Party: The Future of Libertarianism

Lew Rockwell: Walter Block- Contra Randy Barnett on the Libertarian Party by Walter Block

I see multiple paths forward for the Libertarian Party. They bring all of those young people who believe in both economic and social freedom and who are tolerant of people of other races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, religions and so-forth. To go with all of the Libertarians they have now and simply invade the GOP and kick the Neoconservatives out of leadership there, run primary challenges against far-right Republicans especially in States like Minnesota or Virginia. Where Libertarianism has appeal. Wisconsin even, run primary challenges against the Michelle Bachmann's the world running against the fact that people who look at the world that way aren't really conservative and I meaning the libertarian in the race, will not only protect your money and economic freedom but will protect your civil liberties. And not try to run your life for you. They could target far right people in the Tea Party who aren't real Conservatives.

The other path forward for American libertarianism is to bring in more Libertarians to the LP. Not talk about building the LP but actually do it, target young people who might be Classical Liberals such as myself or Libertarians who may not know they are libertarian. Which sounds crazy but there's a group of Americans who want big government out of their wallets and bedrooms, but don't describe their politics as libertarian. A lot of these people and I know what my politics are, but a lot of these people who don't like big government are Liberal Democrats such as myself who don't like Progressive Democrats who are trying to takeover The Democratic Party and try to convert into the Green Party. People who prefer Jill Stein over Barack Obama.

For libertarianism to ever be major player in American politics, they are either going to have to have a major party or become a major party, whether it's the GOP or building up the LP to the point where they can put together a major governing or opposition coalition that can compete with both Democrats and Republicans and they still have a lot of work to do.