Thursday, October 06, 2016

Re-joining the Libertarian Party

With our political choices narrowed so much—to, essentially, three main parties who all believe in collectivism (the only variation being in whether they take their inspiration from communism or fascism)—I have, after conversations, with other freedom-minded people, decided to rejoin the Libertarian Party UK.

I have paid very little attention to the party since I left, some years ago (2010?), although I have bumped into supporters at think tank parties. As such, I look forward to finding out how things have progressed...


Simon Jester said...

Please keep us updated with how that works out.

The last thing I heard, one person had got the rights to the party name and was essentially shutting everyone else out. It would be nice to know iif that has changed.

On a distantly related point - did those excitingly chunky key fobs actually *do* anything, or were they just excitingly chunky for the sake of it?

Unusual Bellyache said...

I thought DK had died and published its last breath several years ago... interesting to see that it's resurface/still going!

I wasn't particularly optimistic about LPUK at its inception. In the intervening years, I've become less convinced of a purpose for it, whilst moderating/realising my earlier beliefs - perhaps in a similar vain to how Sam Bowman is repositioning the ASI (although I wonder if some of what he's doing is just a little bit too much to stomach). The feeling of disenfranchisement and political homelessness is even more real for many who are held together by common threads of values and ideas rooted in voluntarism, individualism, liberalism and opposition to authoritarian and dirigiste tendencies, but I feel that a 'Libertarian' umbrella would be too restrictive and prescriptive/proscriptive to coalesce under (not to mention, still tainted by its unfortunate turn of events; I was surprised to read that it's still going). In any case, good luck with your endeavour - I'll follow with interest.

Unusual Bellyache said...

To add to that, I think the greater imperative at the moment is for liberal Leavers to organise and find a, umm, collective voice with which we can create and maintain a stake in what Brexit is and how we conduct relations with each other, the EU and the rest of the world. That might mean trying to find common ground with Remainers who are open-minded enough to not reach for knee-jerk stereotypes of Leave voters and motivations. At present, it feels like the two positions of the Government and UKIP, and disingenuous Remainers are the only ones with a stake in what's being discussed.