Bash Back

A letter I just sent:

Dear members of the LP National and/or Platform Committees:

Liberty betrayedI’m writing to express my concern over reported comments by LP Platform Committee member Rick Randall to the effect that free-market anarchists are not genuine Libertarians and should be ousted from the Party: “Every time they surface, the mainstream (true) Libertarians quickly recognize them for what they are (people more interested in promoting in-fighting and, well … anarchy, than liberty) and oust them.”

I’m frankly worried about the ability of Mr. Randall to carry out his duties fairly and objectively, given how poorly informed, and evidently prejudiced, he appears to be relative to the Party’s longtime anarchist contingent.

I urge the Committees to demand an apology from Mr. Randall; and I urge Mr. Randall himself to acquaint himself more thoroughly both with the basics of anarchist theory and with the history of the party he claims to represent.

Flourish in liberty,

Roderick T. Long
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Auburn University
President, Molinari Institute
Region 3 Representative, Libertarian Party of Alabama


7 Responses to Bash Back

  1. paulie July 13, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    I’ll add my name to that.

    Paul Frankel, At Large Representative, Libertarian Party of Alabama.

  2. Jesse Crouch July 13, 2009 at 10:33 pm #

    Hear hear.

  3. Yu-kai Chou July 14, 2009 at 2:27 am #

    Hey Roderick,

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  4. Bob Kaercher July 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    Why is it that the people who promote principle are the ones who are always accused of “promoting in-fighting”? Maybe it’s the folks who diminish the importance of principle who are the ones promoting the “in-fighting.”

  5. Victor Milán July 15, 2009 at 1:58 pm #

    So how is participating in the LP anything but a waste of time, please?

    Why do we have such a hard time grasping that, by playing the game of politics, what we get is politics?

  6. Jesse Thomas July 16, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    Three cheers for Roderick!
    How is it that the libertarian party can be supportive of statism??

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