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Friday, April 17, 2009

The Tom Sipos Smear-ometer

Tom Sipos, Allan Wallace, and George Phillies have each written publicly that the LP is under some measure of control by Republican infiltrators.  None of them have given us a single name of any of these alleged infiltrators.  Anyone who doesn't understand the aptness of a Joe McCarthy comparison in this context is historically illiterate.

Merriam-Webster tells us that a "smear" is "a usually unsubstantiated charge or accusation against a person or organization".  On each occasion where I've made the McCarthy comparison, it's been in direct response to claims of Republican infiltration similar to what Wallace makes above in paragraphs 7-9 of this blog posting. If you don't want to be compared to Joe McCarthy, don't suggest you know of infiltrators whom you lack the courage to name.

Tom Sipos, which is more of a "smear": 1) telling someone that his Libertarian activism makes him comparable to a Republican, or 2) telling someone that his warnings of unnamed infiltrators makes him comparable to Joe McCarthy?  For us Libertarians who despise the GOP, that's an easy question.

Paulie, I've still seen nobody say that being late with dues is itself enough reason not to put Wrights back on LNC.  By "
keeping somebody off the LNC" I obviously didn't mean "asserting that somebody has suspended himself from LNC".

Woof, market value is not the highest amount anyone secretly thinks they might ever pay for something.  Market value is the highest amount anyone ever actually offers for something, and in a perfect market is equal to how much the second-highest-valuer would ever pay for that something.  This is economics 101, and any Austrian will tell you that the only preferences that matter are revealed preferences, not hypothetical or alleged preferences.

For people writing to their LNC reps, please ask them if they can corroborate or deny Sullentrop's report that "at our most recent LNC meeting, [Wrights] announced during one of the breaks that [he] will never again give a dime to this Party".