We continue from Ep 5 talking about the evolution of the platform of the Libertarian Party, including its high and low points. Particular attention is given to the 2002 and 2004 platform and as it relates to the “Portland Massacre” of 2006 engineered by the Reform Caucus leading to the birth of the Radical Caucus.
Other topics include:
What is the “Big Tent”?
What is the difference between critiquing people versus ideas
2018 Platform changes and Caryn Ann’s involvement as Chairwoman
The LP Program
The silly battles between the radicals, the moderates, and the pragmatists
The role of the Platform Committee and its members
Abortion and the Libertarian Party
Is the Libertarian Party “centrist”?
2002 Libertarian Party Platform: https://lpedia.org/2002_National_Platform
2004 Libertarian Party Platform: http://www.lpedia.org/2004_National_Platform
Platform of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus: http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/platform
Reason article on the Portland Massacre: https://reason.com/archives/2006/07/07/the-portland-plank-massacre-of
L.K. Samuels on the Portland Massacre: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2006/07/lk-samuels/evicting-libertarian-party-principles-theportlandpurge/
Lew Rockwell on the Portland Massacre: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2006/09/lew-rockwell/the-lps-turkish-delight/
Brian Holtz on “De-Kookification”: http://marketliberal.org/FixLP.html
Caryn Ann’s widely shared article on abortion: http://independentpoliticalreport.com/2015/08/caryn-ann-harlos-abortion-and-the-libertarian-conscience/
Caryn Ann on the Big Tent and the lines in the sand: https://steemit.com/nonagression/@pinkflame/a-libertarian-party-partisan-draws-her-linefqafa
Info about Caryn Ann: http://lpedia.org/Caryn_Ann_Harlos
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT on new find that is a lynchpin in the argument for the assertion that the Libertarian Party absolutely holds that taxation is theft discussed in Ep 4.
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