If you look at the membership and donation data put out by the Libertarian Party [LP] and Google trends, the LP stopped gaining ground when they started running former Republicans instead of principled candidates for President. In short, the LP’s pragmatism has not been pragmatic in building the party. Votes maybe, but party growth itself […]Read More A Data Based* Answer to Why the LP hasn’t Taken Off
While I would recommend reading Player Piano and learning to code, the economic effects of automation may be over-estimated by science-fiction writers and fans of the new automated menu at McDonalds. Libertarian blogger Garry Reed suggests we consider all the possibilities and reminds us that the future has not been written. Whether or not it will be automated, […]Read More Not So Fast Luddites. You Can Put the Robot Smashing Hammer Down Now.
I’m sorry. I was not going to post any more of these libertarian political strategy diatribes. However, I had an epiphany I feel must be shared. Ultimately, no amount of pragmatic political strategy will work until there is a solid libertarian voter block that cannot be swayed. The only way to build such a base […]Read More Pragmatism Inevitably Depends on a Principled Voter Base
While I would rather not comment on the absurdity that political discourse has become, I cannot stand by when the phrase “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” [TANSTAAFL] is being used to attack political opponents. The main purpose of TANSTAAFL is to remind people to think outside the box and consider the […]Read More TANSTAAFL
While we have been critical of the Libertarian Party [LP] and the Gary Johnson campaign, the point is not that we should not be pragmatic in promoting liberty. Rather, the point is to reflect on your efforts critically to see where you can improve. That is where true pragmatism can be found.Read More Critical to a Point
I find Seah Johnson’s endorsement for her father refreshing. It is encouraging to see her articulate the principles that I have seen John McAfee, Judd Weiss, Vote Different, James Weeks II, Larry Sharpe and Adam Kokesh embrace.Read More Don’t Ignore the Angry Bees. Teach Them How to Dance.
If you’re in a post-election slump, watch Vintage Tomorrows. Steam Punk has a great underlining message: imagine a better world, make it, and explore it. Get reacquainted with technology. Don’t just use it. Make it your own. Join the Steam Punk Party.Read More Vintage Tomorrows
A poll conducted by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families shows that the troops are not very excited about the Presidential Candidates this year. While they are very dissatisfied with Trump and Clinton, they still are not overjoyed with Gary Johnson.Read More Troops Not Happy with Trump or Clinton; Not Overjoyed with Johnson
This isn’t about politics. This is about cognition and the societal biases that interfere with asking questions, and learning from mistakes. Yes, Gary Johnson made an error of thought. However, asking for clarification should not be frowned upon. The gaffe was not made by Johnson but by everyone who judged him for doing what we should […]Read More The Real Aleppo Gaffe
According to the New York Times, only 9% of Americans voted for Hillary and Trump. Check out their interactive presentation. Why should 9% of the population dictate to the rest of us that we must pick between these 2 candidates? That seems a bit absurd, especially when the approval ratings for these 2 candidates are […]Read More Make that 9%