Having libertarian views and living according to libertarian principles are two quite different things. The first is relatively easy, the second, much less so. There are many people who object to others exercising power over them and interfering with how they wish to live their lives, but it is much more difficult to allow others freedom and to refuse to take power over them. Yet, in my view, the latter is as necessary as the former for a libertarian.
i’m not an anarchist, i believe in government and a state of some form, but i believe that a culture that treats them as the enemy is both honest and healthy. and you know what, in a free society, people will fuck up, fail, and have a shit time. they still do in our over-governed society as well… it’s just that everyone has to tolerate a massive loss of freedom in our current situation.
it’s precisely because people are cunts that i feel like this. if people are cunts, why concentrate power in the hands of a minority??? access to which is decided by adherence to the rules of the media circus that we call modern democracy? i am 10079829209% more scared of Gordon Brown than i am of kids at the end of my road.
Some bloke called Frank, November 2005
With Gavin getting increasingly involved with the running of the Libertarian Party, standing in Uttoxeter, and in the mire of the Party’s unique challanges, I thought it was about time We heard a bit more about him.
One of the strangest aspects of the Libertarian Party as an activist is that individuals use all pseudonyms online and rarely get together in person, so it’s quite common for activists to know very little about each other, how they earn a living and what got them into politics in the first place.
In a message to emailed members, and available online, Tim Carpenter has announced his intention to call an SGM: This meeting is essential, in my view, as the Leader, Chair and Treasurer have resigned without and still refusing to sign over replacements as per Electoral Law, and so these posts should, in my view, be…
Gavin Webb, former Liberal Democrat and ex-Communications-Director for the UK Libertarian Party has announced he is standing for Uttoxeter Town council. He stands as “the candidate with libertarian principles”. Uttoxeter is a town of 13,039 in Staffordshire. The controversial poll, allegedly called at the instigation of the Conservatives, takes place on Thursday, 7th July in…
The second area of the Webb-Andronichuk proposal up for discussion is perhaps the most controversial section of the proposal, it describes the supporters base and internal party structure. Membership & supporters At present, an individual can sign up to become a member of the party by paying £10 or £15 membership subscription. This gives them…
In a part of my pitch yesterday I promised an opportunity to discuss, openly, the merits of the Webb-Andronichuk fresh-start proposal. The document details a set of reforms that promise to “make The Libertarian Party fit for purpose”. The proposal was published on a snazzy new site and a great deal more work went into presenting this nicely than any of the rival proposals published on LPUK.org. If this were a beauty contest, then the proposals would win hands-down, but what of the merits?
For those Libertarians who joined the Libertarian Party, the last few months have been an unpleasant disappointing and sometimes stressful period. We joined to help build the Party up, to help make real changes in the country but instead the Party imploded. Yet, like a dying star, the Party has left a cold hard core behind, the fate of which is little understood, difficult to observe and highly uncertain. This does not mean the heat death of libertarianism.