An experiment in herding cats. The paradox of the Libertarian Party is that they think that market decisions are correct, but the market firmly rejects them.
The major parties are dedicated to consumer satisfaction, just like business. Unlike the Libertarian Party, which prefers a procrustean bed of "principles". Apparently, Americans don't want to buy principles, let alone the Libertarian Party's. Thus, the Libertarian Party has a choice: abandon principles for market share, or keep their principles and remain minute.
See also their web site: Libertarian Party USA.
- Anarcho-Depravity [More...]
- Libertarians (including the Libertarian Party have a long, sordid and extensive history of claiming children ought to be treated as free adults when it comes to sex, employment, legal prostitution, legal addictions, etc.
- Archimedes Shrugged: The Great Libertarian Racket
- Hugh Akston's 2001 critical review of the Libertarian Party, emphasizing the capture of the party for personal profit by a Harry Browne clique. Scathing.
- FAQ for Prospective Libertarians
- Rich Puchalsky's criticisms of the LPUSA.
- Free To Plunder: The Case Against Gary Johnson And Libertarianism [More...]
- What's wrong with the Libertarian Party and its platform. "Libertarian policies are, overwhelmingly, good for those who already enjoy abundant advantages and privileges, e.g., corporations and rich straight white men. That’s why the Koch brothers are libertarians."
- Gary Johnson and the libertarian swindle [More...]
- "Look beneath the Libertarian Party's public relations gloss, and you'll find a fanatical devotion to the most conventional beliefs about capitalism".
- Libertarian Party (RationalWiki) [More...]
- "As of 2012, no party spokesman has addressed the irony of a group of individualists pooling their efforts to join an entity they despise."
- Libertarian Party Platforms (6 links)
- The various Libertarian Party platforms have been amazingly extreme and one of the best arguments AGAINST libertarianism. So radical, that they have mostly been purged from the web so as not to embarrass the party. They grew more and more detailed and outrageous until 2006 when they were abbreviated so that they wouldn't frighten off newcomers. The newest platforms show only the mildest, vaguest tip of the libertarian iceberg.
- Libertarianism Is Still a Mess [More...]
- "The Libertarian Party is as ineffectual as it's ever been and has even managed to regress some... An enclave of stoners, sex hounds, basement-dwellers, pagan ritualists, amateur philosophers, goldbugs, and crypto-currency enthusiasts isn't fit to run a laundromat, let alone a country."
- We Are The Victors -- Robot Chicken -- Adult Swim [More...]
- A Robot Chicken YouTube satire of LPUSA candidates over numerous campaigns doomed to failure.
- Why Blacks Aren’t Libertarians [More...]
- "As long as leaving America’s most vulnerable unprotected remains a core piece of libertarianism, it is unlikely that the libertarian movement will find many allies in communities of color."
- Why I am not a Libertarian [More...]
- "The Libertarian Party seems to be completely unaware that the robber baron era ever happened at all in American history. Although libertarians profess to want individual liberty, their platform is a blueprint for unrestrained rule by the rich and powerful."
- Why the Libertarian Party Is Worthless [More...]
- "My conclusion is that for libertarian ideas to advance, the Libertarian Party must go completely out of business. It must cease to exist, period. No more candidates, no more wasted votes and no more disillusioned libertarian activists."
Not for nothing have fellow libertarians described the LP as the Molestitarian Party.
Garden Mole (pseudonym), "Anarcho-Depravity"
One cannot overstate the childishness of the ideas that feed and stir the masses. Real ideas must as a rule be simplified to the level of a child's understanding if they are to arouse the masses to historic actions. A childish illusion, fixed in the minds of all children born in a certain decade and hammered home for four years, can easily reappear as a deadly serious political ideology twenty years later.
Sebastian Haffner, "Defying Hitler: A Memoir", pg. 17.
Austin Petersen said that it shouldn’t be possible for someone to sell a 5-year-old heroin. He got booed. [2016 Libertarian Party USA Convention]
Grant Thompson, "Drugs, wizards, and trolls: The Libertarian Party"
So much for the idea that so-called libertarians are uncompromising champions of freedom. In truth, they're tireless defenders of the idea that the people with the most wealth and power in our society deserve to keep it. This, of course, is hardly the subversive, counter-cultural brew that libertarians seem to think they're peddling--this is exactly what bought-off establishment politicians in Washington already think.
Tyler Zimmer, "Gary Johnson and the libertarian swindle"