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Sunday, January 10, 2010

John Slevin Should Put Up Or Shut Up

Brad, the email vaguely mentioned in the article above probably only lists the candidates who are eligible to get signatures from the Libertarians receiving the email. For a clearer picture of the LPCA’s emerging slate, see the recent article at

Nearly 100 candidates are now at work getting signatures and/or gathering funds to put a Libertarian choice on the ballot in their districts. The ones who succeed will be giving voters a chance to vote for the only party in America that is neither left nor right, neither liberal nor conservative, and instead stands for a comprehensive and consistent vision of more personal and economic liberty.

If that’s not good enough for the boorish and spelling-impaired Mr. Slevin, he should lead by example instead of whining from the sidelines. And in setting an example, unsubstantiated claims of an unspecified amount of work on a registration drive 30 years ago don’t cut it. Wake me when he can claim a record of activism something like this.

As much as I’d like to see Libertarians sharing and leveraging the particular resources assembled in the LibertarianMajority Toolbox, I’d even more like to see a cultural shift among LP activists. We need to get out of the mode of extemporaneous opining, which just leads to reinventing the flat tire. Instead, we need to focus doggedly on 1) discovering and leveraging the state of the art in Libertarian outreach, and 2) advancing that state of the art so that activists and candidates who follow us will be working from a head start.

Otherwise, we’re just spinning our wheels.

Here’s a good rule of thumb: any purportedly meaningful contribution to a serious discussion of Libertarian outreach should probably include at least one URL, pointing to some state-of-the-art outreach resource or insight. Otherwise, what are the odds that the nugget of wisdom being imparted is so truly novel and original and non-trite that no Libertarian hasn’t already posted it somewhere — and more comprehensively and persuasively?