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If you're a libertarian in 2020, just run as a Republican. The Republican's domestic policy has been completely conquered by libertarians, and other than the President, you'll have so little influence over foreign policy it doesn't matter much anyway.
The Libertarian party is dying because the Republicans are a stronger vehicle for right leaning libertarians and a large contingent of left leaning libertarians would unironically ask if the child consents.
If an actual libertarian, like Dave Smith or someone from the Mises Caucus, was running, I'd be inclined to push for inclusion. But if it's Libertarianism+ , i.e. Reason's left libertarianism/the LP today with a smattering of Social Justice, no thanks. Seeking to minimize state intervention and protect freedom of assn means that libertarianism cannot, by definition, use govt to remedy racism, sexism, etc., nor can libertarianism necessarily take as a default that abortion must be a protected right (it's competing interests of mother & child).
Thank you, Remy -- and Reason -- for revealing how restrictive ballot access is in most states. Especially Illinois. Libertarians are forced to collect 3 to 5 times the threshold granted to Democrats and Republicans for Congressional, state legislative and statewide (statewide requires 25,000 minimum, often having to file 50,000+). Lesser political races where the Libertarian Party doesn't have major party status (currently only Kankakee and McLean counties have major party designations) require between 30 and 150 times the threshold set for the duopoly.
As political director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois, I am working to changing that in 2020 by actively being in Springfield to support pending legislation to significantly reduce the threshold to equal that of the Democratic and Republican parties (e.g. 500-1,500 for state house, 1,500-3,000 for state senate, 5,000 for statewide, etc.) Next would be to slash the major party threshold from 5% to the Midwestern standard of 2%, which is the standard in pretty much all of our neighboring states.
The Republican Party is a coalition of Crony Capitalist Robber Barons and Religious (as long as it's Protestant) Bible Thumper, WarHawk, Authoritarians. That's not that bad considering the Democrats are ALL OVER THE MAP. I joined the Libertarian party years ago because of my political principles. I'm both a libertarian and a Libertarian. I dislike 90% of what the Democrats stand for and 80% of what the Republicans stand for. You'd think that there would be a party for us?
The way to solve this is with ranked choice voting.
And ideally: With proportional representation, i.e. when a party gets 20% of the vote they get 20% of the seats.
And then also parliamentary democracy, so rather than a strong president, the executive is elected by a majority of parliament, which can also replace him at any time
In Europe, where we have both, the libertarians (called "liberals" here) have their own parties and are at about 10%-30% everywhere
Libertarians should have a bigger voice. I support you. But if you cannot get your libertarian vote then do the next best thing. Make a democra-terian party that bring some more level headed democrats to the libertarian side and a republi-tarian party to bring some republicans too. Once those parties exist you can bridge the gap with libertarian and BOOM from 2 parties we get 5 with a great % of people wanting less government.
Of course there's no "L" because libertarianism is stupid! Libertarianism is the same as liberalism they just gave a stupid a little ending at the back end of the word! It is just as ignorant as being a liberal. It's just as foolish financially as being a liberal. Basically you're still a liberal! There's only two kind of people dummy -- you're either a liberal or you're a conservative. See people like you think there has to be a third party because you don't like some of the things that have happened within the two parties but that is really very ignorant! It doesn't matter in your stupid song Because anybody who doesn't vote for Trump will go down as the dumbest people on the face of the Earth
I'm a moderate who's registered Republican. I'm not a big fan of either the two big political parties. I have more in common with Libertarians than the other 2 except a few major things (which made me not become a Libertarian). Libertarian Party should rise and offer us new people who propose new ideas that wasn't possible before that both parties can't offer.
That said, I've never seen a libertarian candidate going door to door trying to get support in my district.
I think they really need to pick out some smaller state like New Hampshire or Vermont and throw everything they've got into turning one of those states yellow. Then whichever one they didn't turn yellow, they hit hard on the next election.
Libertarians have this masochism fetish where they get 2% of the Presidential vote and call it a huge victory for Libertarians. Meanwhile what actually happens is a Democrat races toward a cliff or a Republican heads toward the same cliff, but at the legal speed limit.