1. Clearly the author has never been involved in any political party and has no idea how the duopoly makes what he wants to accomplish almost impossible. Yes the two party system must be broken but it will take major electoral reforms such as Ranked Choice Voting to throw the bums out. As long as the Ds and Rs have total control of who you can vote for and people fear the so-called spoiler effect things are not going to change. If you want to make a difference get involved in electoral reform. In the meantime the Libertarian Party, which at least can sometimes actually get the old party candidates to discuss issues rather than just sling mud, is our best hope. It is just a tool to be used as best as it can. It has nothing to do with pledging allegiance to a party. What you pledge when you join the LP is that you support the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP).

    • The real path forward is to get a few more states to adopt apportioned votes in the Electoral College instead of winner-take-all. Nebraska and Maine already do this – 2 state-wide electoral votes, and 1 for each Congressional district. If you can get enough states to move to this model – say 40-50 electoral votes – you now have a chance for a third party to have political clout, even with the Electoral College majority of the votes clause in the Constitution. Of course, the unintended consequence of having 3rd parties dominate national agendas – like Europe parliamentary governments – is there.

      Californians (including many Democrats) seriously considered apportioning their electoral votes with the intended result of forcing Presidential candidates to campaign in California instead of just raising money there. However, the DNC got wind of what was happening, and shut it down to avoid losing the Democratic Party lock on California’s electoral votes.

      It would help if swing states were to take the first step, with no constitutional amendment required. But swing states already enjoy lots of political attention.

      The real issue is that most Americans do not hold Libertarian values, despite their protestations. Until more can be persuaded, neither an electorally successful Libertarian Party nor a hijacked Republican Party is going to happen.

      • Based on a number of polls I’ve seen it appears that about 20% of voters (people?) hold Libertarian values. In a PR system using Ranked Choice that should potentially allow the election of 1 Libertarian in a 5 member district. I don’t know what the comparable numbers are for the Green Party or any others.

  2. Not sure if that’s an effective approach. However, I do like what the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance has been doing. It would be nice to see libertarians take a pro-environmental stance to lure Green Party members over who do not want a bigger government but responsible management and use of natural resources. Just like how Libertarians address the issues of crony capitalism (albeit with a lack of understanding left-wing market anarchism), there’s a potential to advance the platform on environmental issues. Respect property rights of others, also means that the land, air, and water we consume must be protected from degradation. We can’t have the runaway system that we did during the industrial revolution and unfortunately that’s what image is portrayed in people’s minds about the LP. We need a new fresh approach instead of being fiscally conservative, socially liberal (it’s not enough). Corporations, industry, and government need to be held accountable for damaging the environment and squandering natural resources. If the LP could evolve its platform to address those issues (as well social issues, (think Bleeding Heart Libertarians) it would certainly help. You are correct in the aspect that it’s possible the LP could end up just being another corrupt political party if it doesn’t hold true to its core values and principles. However, the platform needs a bit more depth. Just my two cents that are not worth much.

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