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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Toward a Bigger Tent

Thomas Sipos wrote:
TS) The Reform faction says we must be a “big tent” and “grow the party,” yet they don’t want to reach out to Greens, Constitutionalists, Nader independents. (TS
Reformers say the LP should have a tent big enough to include all libertarians -- but not necessarily all non-conformists regardless of their principles.  We're the Party of Principle, not the Party of Iconoclasm.  Even so, the reformer Platform that the Denver delegates adopted is more friendly to "Greens, Constitutionalists, and Nader independents" than the Restore04 platform that you petitioned them to adopt.
TS) Radicals are the true big tent faction. (TS
Yeah, and war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength, etc.
Anthony Gregory wrote:
AG) The Ron Paul rally last week was very big tent (AG
Really?  The Rally FOR The Republic included no hint of tolerance for you anarchists, at least not in the speeches by Ron Paul and this guy named Lew Rockwell.  Also, the TV and radio ads of the Paul campaign were embarrassingly right-wing -- even to me.  Ah, but Pope Ron Paul can do no wrong....
AG) the LP has been trying to be big tent in a way that alienates the principled faction (AG
Pretending there is only one "principled faction" is how your faction has been alienating all the rest. Sorry, but now all the principled schools of libertarianism get to sit at the grownups' table.
AG) Without the libertarian soul of the party, the tent has no foundation and will collapse. (AG
A pole tightly wrapped in canvas is not a tent, and won't stand anyway if its foundation is no wider than the pole itself.
AG) If it’s “big tent” for Barr to praise fascist Jesse Helms and give him credit for ending Soviet Communism [...] (AG
Strawman.  Way to engage the ideas of LP reformers, Anthony.  How intellectually courageous of you. Bravo.
AG) The tent should not only be opened rightward.  (AG
The tent should be open to all who want both more personal freedom and more economic freedom.