My opinions on the LP nomination.

I sum up my opinions on the front runners for the LP Presidential nomination in the comments at Jacqueline's blog about her opinions on the matter.

I'm still undecided and would love to hear from online friends and fellow Maine LP members about their opinions either in comments here or privately via e-mail.

Link updated to point to as the original site has been taken down

Libertarian National Convention: Pregame: Radicals for Barr?

At Third Party Watch, Gene Trosper gives a case for why a radical Libertarian should support Bob Barr for the LP's presidential nomination.

Although Bob Barr doesn’t represent libertarianism at it’s most hardcore level, his campaign promises a more libertarian America. Before we can regain those liberties in the political arena, we have to be able to enter that arena. Bob Barr is a candidate who can get the “foot in the door” for libertarians. He’s media savvy, is well known, and credible. Just as important, he will speak to those in his former party who are disaffected by McCain.


I respond in the comments:

Thanks Gene for this article.


Though hardly a radical Libertarian myself, I still have been trying to wrap my mind around a Barr candidacy, as I’m uncertain about how I’ll be voting at the convention. Hearing from a self proclaimed radical in this manner has been helpful.

At the very least, it was reassuring to hear from someone acting maturely about differences within the party. The doomsayers on all the various sides seem to get a disproportionate amount of attention.

Note: Link to article updated to point to the historical preseration of the page at, as the original site is no longer available.

Internal LP Politics: HUH?

Third Party Watch: A Denver Accord for the Libertarian Party?:

What has been unfair is an imbalance that treats the Dallas Accord as one-sided, obligating only anarchists not to discuss courts, police, and national defense, but leaving minarchists free to speak their mind and to openly campaign in favor of government-based services.

Funny, I've been in the LP since 1992. I've never heard of this "Dallas Accord."

More importantly, I've never seen anyone ever hold their tongue in the LP. This "accord" must have been dead long, long ago.