Can partisan politics advance the de-institutionalization of the state?

It remains a matter of debate within the libertarian movement whether or not partisan politics can advance the de-institutionalization of the state. After many years as a Libertarian Party activist, my own position now is that such an approach is the wrong approach. Terry Hulsey, however, asserts that (with some changes) the Libertarian Party can be an effective tool for reaching that goal. Read: How the Libertarian Party Will Come to Power.


5 thoughts on “Can partisan politics advance the de-institutionalization of the state?

  1. It was an interesting piece until I got to "Libertarians possess one of the most effective speakers alive today in Michael Cloud."

    I didn't like Cloud's role in the scandal-tainted Harry Browne campaigns. Nor would I agree that he is an effective public speaker. If everyone who spoke like him were effective, people would love used car salesmen.

    This artful bit of skullduggery is also zany: "Take libel action (with pro bono counsel if possible) against media …" Yeah, because believing in free speech means suing the crap out of the media, somehow? lol

    "The Libertarian Party won a ruling in state court today that the state would be a boot smashing a human face forever and the local paper must stop printing the truth about the LP." Sad


  2. I tried reading the article but I couldn't get through it. Frankly it lost my attention. However, Jim mentioned that he doesn't believe Cloud to be the effective communicator that he is credited for being. I tend to agree.

    Darian Worden wrote an article called The Strategy of Propaganda for the last issue of ALLiance ( that detailed a better, in my opinion, method of communicating ideas. His article can be viewed here:


  3. Agreed, Michael Cloud can be very forward (read "aggressive" if you like) as a speaker, but he claims to have raised more money for Libertarian causes than anyone else, and I don't see anyone knocking that down. As for Chris' jumping out of my scintillating article — this gives me an excuse to cite others, who may have a more colorful turn of phrase than I do. A friend said that I should reference the LP as the "Superman" party — or the "break out in case of fire" party: It's not there to win elections or to educate, but to be poised when the fatal threat to our freedoms comes. And R.Dumse (citing him with permission, of course), offers an embellishment of tactics:

    [Probably the strongest idea I see in your piece, is:

    Instead of playing into the two-party institutional charade, …

    Not being the 3rd party is essential to winning anything. Voting for a 3rd party runner is tantamount to wasting your vote. Don't be the 3rd party. Don't let ourselves be painted that way. Reduce the count from 3 to 2.

    Positioned as the only Alternative Party, or one of only two choices "Old Glory vs. NeoSociallism whether of brand R or D", is the way to draw votes. Pin the Libertarians vs. Reocrats-and-Dempublicans again turns the two party system to our advantage, and their disadvantage. A good logo would be "Why chose between what you can't tell apart?"

    Then you can turn the argument into a true two-alternative discussion. Prosperity vs. Taxation/Taxation. Freedom vs. BigGovernment/BiggerGovernment and so on.



  4. I'm confused. Mostly I couldn't get through the article because I didn't care about the subject matter. This is not meant as an insult. There are a lot of people who can't stand the things that I write or find interesting.


  5. I didn't see a strategy for actually winning in the article. There are specific qualifications candidates are expected to have by the voters. Ideological purity is not one of them, but a good resume is.


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