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Free Liberal Independent

by , Editor in Chief, Free Liberal

The Libertarian Party seems to be having trouble getting the message. I’m not a party member, but I continue to be solicited for funds and invited to participate in party events. I appreciate the attention, but they are wasting their scarce funds on trying to bring me back in. Today, I received this message from the party’s national director:

Hi Kevin,

I see that your Libertarian Party membership has expired.

Any chance you could renew today?

You can renew your membership by clicking here.

I hope all is well!

Thanks,

Wes Benedict

I responded:


Wes,

I’m sorry, but I will not be renewing my Libertarian Party membership. I do not consider myself to be a Libertarian Party member. I have cut up my party membership card.

I am for now and the foreseeable future a free liberal Independent.

The Libertarian Party is a failed strategy that is actually hurting the United States. It promotes a radical version of libertarian thinking that I do not agree with and I believe drives reasonable people away from libertarian principles. It also draws in (and wastes the time of) persons who could probably better advance liberty through a different strategy (and we can look around and see many fine organizations). The Republican Liberty Caucus has made inroads in the GOP. It would be great to see a similar operation in the Democratic Party.

Here’s a simple testable proposition: any political speech and outreach that can be done through the Libertarian Party can be done at a lower cost as a political Independent. If anyone is interested in talking about how to operationalize this test, I am available for consultation.

Bests,

KDR

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Comrade Führer Kevin Rollins faces the world with an open heart and an open mind.
Kevin Rollins is the founder and editor of Free Liberal and principal of Kevin Rollins Consulting. He was formerly the managing editor of Econ Journal Watch. He holds a master’s in economics from George Mason University.