Eric Boehm in a recent Reason magazine article produced a graph trying to put the best face on voter reaction to the anarchist burdening Jo Jorgensen’s otherwise-libertarian campaign. That ticket came in dead last in libertarian-friendly Travis County, Austin Texas. (link) That’s where Roe v Wade was fought and won thanks to the first Libertarian Platform.(link) Wasted votes are the ones that help the Kleptocracy bully women and rob the innocent. Libertarian spoiler votes perform feats: ending the draft, legalizing birth control, reversing the growth of bureaucracy, halting entanglements in deadly foreign violence, rolling back cruel prohibition laws, asset-forfeiture looting and systemic police abuse. That’s clout! That’s WINNING!
But Eric graphed a column showing how the LP ranked in the battle for popular votes where we took third-party place in 2020 even after losing ballot access and wiping out our 328% gain over 2012.(link) Being the real third party is no small matter, because third parties armed with under 3% of the popular vote are the ones that–throughout American history–have written and repealed the law of the land.
The way we change laws, however, is by bleeding the looter Kleptocracy of votes, not by absorbing some pathetic anarcho-Socialist rabble’s rounding-error-from-zero vote total. Voters are convinced those flash-in-the-pan parties can be safely ignored. Ranking outcomes by percentage of ideological third party vote puts the LP in third place with anywhere from 0.3 to 3.3% of the vote–a loose fit indeed. But the history of spoiler vote clout shows us the law-changing spoiler effect kicks in at about 1.4% of the popular vote.(link)
Those fringe parties, like The Kleptocracy, want the LP to keep planks promising child molesting, uninspected entry of enemy aliens and plague vectors–even executions by vigilantes–such as were added before the 2020 debacle. Observe that the LP only became THE clout-wielding third party after the 2008 “revolt” that deleted a bunch of idiotic platform verbiage. Kleptocracy party platforms each take about 5 hours to read. The LP platform can be recorded in a 30 minute podcast in many languages. Omitting needless words–perhaps even deleting words to make room for new planks could yield balanced verbiage and a platform attractive to voters sick of shrill, grasping extremism.
Good reading: Vices are Not Crimes, by Lysander Spooner
Find out the juicy details behind the mother of all economic collapses. Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929 is available in two languages on Amazon Kindle, each at the cost of a pint of craft beer.
Brazilian Sci-fi from 1926 featuring the usual beautiful daughter of a scientist touting prohibition and racial collectivism in America’s Black President 2228 by Monteiro Lobato, translated by J Henry Phillips (link)
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