The Libertarian Party is Killing Libertarianism

The Libertarian Party is having one of the happiest times of its short existence. Gary Johnson gets to call a leadership level member of the Council on Foreign Relations his vice-president as opposed to an unheard of doctor. For the first time, the party ticket is included in national CNN polls. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are now supporters of the party. It’s as if they were that insecure nerdy neckbearded teenager who is about to lose his virginity to the prom queen.

But here is the question that nobody seems to be asking. Who died and made the Libertarian Party Member the Prom King of Liberty? Many libertarian politicians such as Rand Paul, Justin Amash, and Thomas Massie have never been members of the Libertarian Party or been strong advocates of it. Their success begs the question, is the Libertarian Party even responsible for the 21st century rise of libertarianism?

Ever since 2008, libertarianism has been trending with voters due to disillusionment with the political process, best personified with the Bush presidency. 2009 is the the year that Fox News even created it’s very own hour long libertarian segment with John Stossel. This year was a hallmark for the libertarian movement ; conservatives were attempting to reform the GOP into a party that advocated for a constitutional and limited government that lived within its means and an anti-interventionist foreign policy.

2012 saw even greater strides with the rise of Ron Paul, in which a self-described libertarian candidate was able to win several states in the GOP primaries, and libertarian politicians were winning significant congressional elections. The biggest secret that the Libertarian Party does not want you to know this election cycle is this: the rise of the libertarian movement has had NOTHING to do with the Libertarian Party.

While libertarianism itself was on the rise, the Libertarian Party was not. For the last 8 years, the LP has grown increasingly insecure due to the fact that libertarian politicians have been succeeding without it. Its platform is not what the 10% of Americans that identify as Libertarians want. While many in the Liberty Movement are often considered Conspiracy Theorists for holding some radical views, members of the Libertarian Party will often hold some of the most obtuse views you could imagine.

For instance, some of them want to outlaw male circumcision ; some of them want abortion to be legal deep into the third trimester ; some of them believe that the US government should be forced to allow Sharia law. The some 400,000 members of the Libertarian Party are just not representative of the 10% of Americans who identify as Libertarian.

Contrary to its false narrative about the 2016 election cycle, 21st century libertarians do not believe unrestricted immigration is a libertarian view. We do not want the federal government or the United Nations defining the definition of “Free Trade” for us. We do not want to abandon our national identity. We do not want to replace the US Constitution with some half-baked kindergarden philosophical principle called the Non-Aggression Principle. And ultimately, we do not want to abandon our pride as Americans. Instead of catering to American Libertarians, the party is catering to the self-interests of its members and establishment politicians willing to satiate them. But before I get ahead of myself, I would like to just finish my portrayal of the LP before 2016.

The recent growth of libertarianism over the last 8 years not only happened without any significant contribution from the Libertarian Party, but has often succeeded in spite of it. I would like to refer anyone who disagrees with this claim to the 2012 GOP primary. Many Libertarian Party members are not even aware that their current candidate, Gary Johnson, ran in the 2012 GOP primary as a Republican AGAINST Ron Paul. While Ron Paul was making significant strides, consistently polling in third or fourth place, Gary Johnson consistently polled last. In fact, Gary Johnson counterproductively siphoned votes away from Ron Paul, holding back the success of the Liberty Movement’s anointed candidate.

Libertarians rejected Gary Johnson’s standard left-leaning Libertarian Party message as behind the times and incongruous with leading libertarian politicians like Rand Paul and Justin Amash. Still, Gary Johnson remained in the race for months, hindering the Ron Paul campaign (of which I was a part of actually). After eventually dropping out, Gary Johnson returned to the historically irrelevant Libertarian Party, and we in the Liberty Movement were glad to be rid of him. But even still, the Libertarian Party expressed a supreme degree of bitterness towards the Paul campaign, engaging in establishment propaganda against the Paul campaign, calling him a white supremacist and a conspiracy theorist, out of nothing more than selfish bitterness. The 2012 election really showed that the Libertarian Party really only cared about the success of Libertarianism on its own terms.

The LP has done nothing to contribute to the recent rise of the Liberty Movement. It has done nothing but complain and stand in the way of our success. It remains glued in its absurd discourses that include unrepentant anti-semitism, Islamosfascist apologetics, the ending of all nation-states in favor of a globalist government a la the European Union, and logically inconsistent social justice narratives best demonstrated by Gary Johnson’s belief that a Jewish Baker should have to bake a white supremacist a cake with Germano-Fascist imagery.

The reason the Libertarian Party has been a non-contributing member to the rise of Libertarianism for so long is not because there is no demand from the electorate for libertarianism, but that the Libertarian Party is out of touch with its own ideology and more concerned about superficial acknowledgment from the establishment. And that is why our politicians in the GOP do not change their party allegiances when they win their elections. And from this rejection, a monstrosity was born.

The Libertarian Party has become the SINGLE greatest threat to libertarianism. The some 400,000 members of the Libertarian Party have waged an all-out coup against American libertarianism by positing its out of touch, irrational dogma as the only acceptable form of libertarianism. The LP is spitting in the face of libertarian voters by completely abandoning conservatism and radical change in favor of pandering to politically unsophisticated millennials from the Bernie Sanders movement with a watered down “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” Orwellian epigram.

The Johnson/Weld ticket has replaced the objectives of reducing military spending and foreign interventionism by maintaining sound borders with an apotheosis to open borders and establishment foreign policy; leaving drug policy to the states and an ending of the controlled substances act with federally taxed and controlled marijuana consumption; ending the IRS but replacing it with a 30% federal consumption tax. They have completely eviscerated the intellectual substance of the 21st century libertarian resurgence with a (for lack of a better word) retarded platform built for the most uninformed of the electorate. The pardoning of Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Ross Ulbricht, and Julian Assange are not even up for discussion. In fact, the majority of these so called partisan “Libertarians” do not even recognize any of these names.

The selfish and disenfranchised ideological terrorists of the LP will stop at nothing to claim that they are the only voice and arbiter on the definition of the word libertarian. The 400,000 member strong Libertarian Party is cruelly stealing the mouthpiece from the 36 million Americans that identify as libertarian, creating a farcical and fraudulent ideological replica that misportrays our views to Liberals and Conservatives. As can be demonstrated by my former colleague at AMTHIRDPARTY, Cody Quirk, they use dishonest tactics that are no different than those of the major two parties.

Gary Johnson, the LP, and Cody continue to spread lies and falsehoods such as guarantees the party will be on the ballots of all 50 states, misrepresenting CPD debate inclusion criteria, and even lying that they would be the only other 3rd party included in national polls. Its journalist outlets have now stooped to the level of becoming self-sustaining partisan mouth pieces like the Huffington Post or Fox News. The LP and its supporters shamelessly welcome the endorsements and kind words of the political establishment like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney.

Its vice-presidential nominee, Council on Foreign Relations member Bill Weld, is a longtime friend of the Clintons who represents everything that libertarianism stands against : a Patriot Act supporter, a private equity crony-capitalist, a gun control enthusiast, a globalist that seeks to eradicate national self-determination. Worse yet, the subservient presidential nominee Gary Johnson refers to his elder and dominant “mentor” as “the original libertarian.” Perhaps this is why John Mcafee used the words “this is a fucking farce,” to describe the Libertarian National Convention in Orlando. However, I do agree with the words of John Mcafee.

This “new and improved” establishment backed Libertarian Party is a total farce that is jeopardizing the legitimacy of libertarianism. The political establishment has capitalized on the LP’s insecurity into destroying libertarianism’s political core and revolutionary appeal in exchange for the brand recognition the Liberty Movement ALREADY HAD!

We have more United States Senators and Congressmen that identify as libertarian than I can count on one hand. We had a GOP nominee in 2012 who won 190 delegates. We’ve had polls that say a double digit percentage of Americans self-identify as libertarians. The LP is selfishly putting all of that in dire jeopardy. The LP is compromising the elections of our congressman in the GOP in a vain and foolhardy attempt to get its incompetent and weak Senate candidates like Paul Stanton and Alex Merced notoriety.

Their pandering to social justice oriented liberals is sending mixed-messages to conservative libertarians that is encouraging them to support Donald Trump. In fact, I attribute the rise of Donald Trump in part to the nomination of psuedo-libertarian beta male Gary Johnson and his establishment mentor and master Bill Weld, and their attempt to recruit millennial liberals who have no vested interest in liberty.

The LP is allowing the populist, anti-globalist message of Donald Trump to steal nationalistic young conservatives from potentially joining the libertarian cause. This should have been an amazing year for the LP ; it could have won millions of new members by extolling the traditional libertarian message of taking pride in being an American and taking pride in our Constitution, the most important libertarian document of all time. Instead, we have elected a candidate in Gary Johnson who most likely has a minimal understanding of the Bill of Rights, and Bill Weld who has no respect for them whatsoever.

Perhaps this is why Independent candidates such as Deez Nuts and The Sweet Meteor of Death are outperforming the LP ticket?

I don’t know. But what I do know is that I will be spending the next four years fighting to reclaim the libertarian narrative from the establishment and its partisan lapdogs.

  • Kennon Gilson

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  • liber tarian

    “Wanting to outlaw circumcision is obtuse” LMAO. Anyone who supports forced male genital mutilation is no Libertarian.

    • Anyone who supports letting the Government take away a Religious Freedom is not a Libertarian.

      • Tommy Frain

        Are allowing honor killings under Sharia Law okay then?

      • Dan ‘Moot’ Matthews

        So forced genital mutilation is alright if one is religious?
        Oy vey

        • Max Dickstein

          Being anti-male-circumcision is only logically consistent if one is also 100% pro-life…..which I am not

          • Max Dickstein

            And this is why Ron Paul and the Paleo’s have it right.
            Liberty means nothing without a historical foundation.

    • Max Dickstein

      Libertarianism has no future as long as it chooses to remain openly anti-semtic, the circumcision issue is obviously just an excuse for people to use cloak and dagger anti-semetisim.
      But, I’m clearly biased.

  • Sadly since the Barr campaign the party has been largely a joke and more or less blew their best chance in decades to actually make headways with the nomination of Johnson and Weld

  • Tommy Frain

    “I’m done with this Libertarian moniker. You keep it. I’m ashamed I ever considered myself a Libertarian.”

    – Max Dickstein (July 21st, 2016)

    Remind me why I should give a shit about what this guy says Libertarianism is….

    • Max Dickstein

      Because I was here before you showed up and sold out the Libertarian name to the establishment.
      BTW, I agree with Augustus Invictus. I move to have the Pinellas County Florida Affiliate unrecognized. It is a toxic bastardization of all things Liberty. Have a nice day fuckwad.

      The ron Paul instituted retweeted this article. I guess your jealous that I can get Ron Paul’s endorsement but your candidate can’t 😉

      • Tommy Frain

        “Because I was here before you showed up and sold out the Libertarian name to the establishment.”

        I am not looking into getting into the “I have been here longer than you” argument, but you said last night that you worked Ron Paul 2012… Was that when you joined the party (after RP lost)? I was walking door to door for Ron in 2007 and worked the LP campaign in 2010… So don’t talk to me like you’re some holy libertarian that should be bowed to and respected. I know you see yourself as important, but believe me, no one else does. I’ve done my research on you and have found nothing outside of you protesting the Silk Road Trials and being all about 9/11 was an inside job.

        “BTW, I agree with Augustus Invictus. I move to have the Pinellas County Florida Affiliate unrecognized. ”

        You are on some half ass website. You can’t make motions here. And remember, we are the county with the most registered Libertarians…and just recently had an event that reached over 100,000 libertarians. How many delegates did your Caesar get to show up to his affiliate…

        “It is a toxic bastardization of all things Liberty.”

        Why? Because we wouldn’t support you as VC and the only vote you got was for yourself. We never met you and you wanted to be VC. And you’re only endorsement was Augustus Invictus who called us the enemy vanguard and said you were infiltrating. And once you lose, you leave the meeting. You aren’t interested in working with us, and we provided you with the utmost respect, despite it being advertised to us you were intentionally coming to essentially cause problems and attempt to “infiltrate.” It is clear you were never interested in working with us. You are a troll, and a sad one at that.

        “The ron Paul instituted retweeted this article. I guess your jealous that I can get Ron Paul’s endorsement but your candidate can’t ;)”

        I could really give any less of a shit that the Ron Paul Institute tweeted something of yours out. Except, when I go to look, I don’t see any retweet of this article.

        Have a good evening in your head.

        • Max Dickstein

          Liberaltarianism is not Libertarianism.
          And as soon as I found out what you were about, I decided I wanted nothing to do with you. Fair enough?

          • Tommy Frain

            Elated, actually.

            By your argument, right libertarianism is not libertarianism either. So why don’t you tell your Caeser to go join his home in the GOP?

          • Max Dickstein

            Not really bro

          • Tommy Frain

            I am not your bro.

  • This article has talked me into voting for Gary Johnson.

  • Joe Haynes

    Your article confirms the question I asked during the VC election and Q&A. The only reason you darkened our door was to start planting AI nutbag and racist tripe. It takes some balls to conveniently show up with some long winded letter of intent expecting us to wet ourselves over your alleged bona fides. I’ve been a member of the local party for close to six years and I don’t even have the nads to claim that I should be second in command.
    When you can reasonably explain what you have personally done for the LPPC for at least the last six months, then we can talk leadership roles. Otherwise, what your opinion is of where the LP is now and is going in the future is of no real consequence.

  • Antodav

    I thought I would agree with the premise of the article, but then as I proceeded through it it began to sound increasingly like a shill for Trumpism. And it came within inches of being just that. Opposition to immigration, drug policy reform, and practical tax policy reform is not in any way at all “libertarian”. The LP Is broken, certainly, but advancing the GOP’s racist, nativist agenda is certainly not the way to fix it.

  • NGPM

    While this is an excellent and substantial article, I am not sure what it comes back to other than “Libertarianism is killing libertarianism.” Here’s a quote from Thomas Fleming, back in 2005:

    “Libertarianism, as defined by most of its greatest exponents, J.S. Mill, Mises, Friedman, to name only a few, rejects the notion of a moral order, loyalty to nation, even the significance of kinship.”

    This is why an intellectually consistent libertarian rule over society is not possible: to the extent that libertarians deny that society exists they cannot provide a straight answer to the question of where one’s rights end and another’s begin. There is simply no correct libertarian answer to the question of whether a Jewish baker should be forced to bake a neo-Nazi themed cake or freedom of association should be allowed to frustrate the individual efforts of this latter.

    Dickstein and others of the so-called “paleolibertarian” bent may well disagree that “unrestricted immigration is a libertarian view,” but the minute they claim intellectual descent from the likes of Ayn Rand, et. al. they are throwing themselves into the wild. And for quite some time the moniker “ideological terrorists” has been quite applicable to most of the loudest and most dedicated self-styled libertarians, even if a Ron Paul managed to shut them up for a few short years. That interlude was an oddity, not the norm. Gary Johnson represents nothing more nor less than business as usual.

    “I will be spending the next four years fighting to reclaim the libertarian narrative from the establishment and its partisan lapdogs.”

    It’s not entirely clear to me that that will be altogether worth the author’s time.

    • Max Dickstein

      It’s not entirely clear to me that that will be altogether worth the author’s time.”
      Well, the alt-right I’m sure is looking for new recruits

  • Jim Burkiewicz

    O my god what insane rambling! BIG L Libertarians joined the republican party to help the Champion of the Constitution Dr Ron Paul. No one was out to hurt Dr Ron Paul from the Libertarian party. The NAP Non-Aggression Principle is the center of Libertarianism. The smarter people in the Liberty movement believe like BIG L Libertarians that we should be working together and here in Florida we do! As a Libertarian I wish all the success in the world to the Liberty movement even when one of its members writes lies like this.

  • Scott Bieser

    This is the most confused tirade I have read in a while. Libertarianism is not and never was just some sort of slightly-less-authoritarian version of conservatism. It’s an entirely different way of looking at political institutions, at the relationship between the individual and society, and Dickstein just doesn’t seem to get it.

    I don’t support Johnson/Weld, either. Because libertarianism is also not just some slightly-less-authoritarian version of progressivism.

    • Max Dickstein

      And you’re accusing me of siding with the Reptillians and their shadow government or something?
      Am I missing something here?

  • Steven H

    Yeah … eat shit, Max. Your fundamental misunderstanding of the definition of libertarianism ITSELF is enough to make any informed individual completely dismiss everything you said. There is no “WE” and the term “libertarian” does not describe some list of things one must believe or else not be legitimately libertarian.

    If you had even the slightest clue what you were talking about, you’d understand the fact that libertarianism is 1/2 of the Nolan Chart. LIBERTarianism is the antithesis of AUTHORITarianism. You are speaking as though you believe watered down Tea Party bullshit is an accurate description of the ideology .. when the FACT is this pathetic word soup you vomited onto the internet is one of the most inaccurate and narrow descriptions of libertarianism I’ve ever seen .. which is pretty pathetic considering you claim to be one. I’ve seen full-blown authoritarian communists who have a better grasp than you obviously do.

    With that said .. please shut the hell up. Libertarianism has absolutely nothing to do with the constitution or bill of rights. It’s a portion of the political spectrum and can exist in any country .. and the ideology includes anything from far-leftists to people on the far right who have strong faith in government to full-blown anarchists .. from anarcho-communists to anarcho-capitalists. Nothing about libertarianism is directly connected with the constitution or bill of rights. One can argue that they are indeed based on a moderate libertarian foundation, but that does not mean libertarianism is defined by that.

    You really need to start reading some damned books, kid. I dislike the LP for the simple fact that libertarianism is by default anti-government and because Johnson is extremely wishy-washy. He’s not libertarian ENOUGH for me, nor are most of the candidates .. but that does NOT mean I want them to worship a flag or worthless piece of paper harder. The constitution does nothing to restrain the size or scope of government .. so now what, government-worshipper? It’s quite obvious that your idea of libertarianism involves boot licking and nationalist idiocy. Which quite obviously proves you know very, VERY little about the very nature of what libertarianism actually is.

    Go to the library .. read Mises .. read anything. Oh, and yeah .. your opposition to non-aggression shows you are a basket case. Let me guess .. you think voluntarism is “hallf-baked” and evil too, right boot-licker?

    • Max Dickstein

      You mean the Nolan chart that considers Gary Johnson a “libertarian.”
      Child please.

      Libertarianism is nothing more than a useless collection of idiots if they choose to completely abandon Classical Liberalism and it’s tangible documents like the US Constitution as its foundation. No, I do not recognize you as an authority or this overly verbose reply of yours as a primary source worthy of being followed. Ideologies have foundations, and an ideology without foundation is nothing more than non-state-sponsored groupthink.

      You sir are as much a part of the problem as the Liberal infiltrators. Have a nice day 🙂

      • Tommy Frain

        “You sir are as much a part of the problem as the Liberal infiltrators.”

        No such thing, Max. Just because the LP wasn’t what you imagined what it would be when you were a Republican shill does not mean it has liberal infiltrators. The Libertarian party has always been extremely socially liberal. Read the 2000 platform on immigration and tell me we have moved to the left… People like you and Augustus have moved the party to the right on social issues…

        • Max Dickstein

          As my article states, I do not consider the LP a true embodiment of libertarianism

          • Tommy Frain

            Great! Since you are obviously the holder of the true Libertarianism and see the party as pointless, I 100% support your decision to move in your own direction. Good luck!

    • NGPM

      Your reaction is an excellent example of why Max Dickstein and others of a like mind are so easily disillusioned with the movement: what starts as a useful thought-exercise for the future of a different sort of society ends up drawing the enthusiasm of bitter late-adolescent frat rush rejects who enjoy fantasizing about some of the practical fallout of a thoroughly libertarian polity. In particular, I would suggest laying off the weed. Quite apart from the question of the war on drugs, sitting around frying one’s brain all day simply is not a productive or salutary pursuit.

  • Kenneth Kaplan

    Crash diets never work. You have to take off the pounds gradually and change your lifestyle. Otherwise you get sick and/or the weight comes right back. Achieving liberty has to work the same way. I don’t agree with every remark and every nuance of what Johnson and Weld are doing, but I strongly support their overall strategy. My wrath is reserved for the Libertarians/ libertarians who are refusing to support them, or worse, bashing them. Anyone who really wants to move government in a libertarian direction rather than just displaying their own purity and engaging in liberty shaming needs to rethink what they are doing!

  • Robert Griffis

    Damn Libertarians! They ruined libertarianism! ???