Washington Libertarian Review

Political commentary from the State of Washington with a libertarian perspective.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Libertarian Party trashed

In what amounts to a derivative of the wasted vote argument, Jon Henke of the Neolibertarian claims the Libertarian Party is dead. He points out that all of the 590 Libertarians elected to public office are in low level positions, and that the party has never done as well as it did in 1980. Then he talks about renegades from the Socialist Party and the American Labor Party working within the Democratic Party to implement virtually all of the 1928 Socialist platform and argues that libertarians should work within the Ds and Rs.

All of this presupposes that the Libertarian Party, as it is today, has no influence on politics, which is basically hogwash. While the LP generally controls a mere 3-5% of the electorate, that 3-5% is often enough to sway elections either way to the Ds or Rs, as the LP may choose. The LP is in the unique position of having much, but not everything, in common with both the Ds and Rs. Consequently, the LP can influence them both, and hence the entire political process, by "running left" or "running right" as the circumstances of each election cycle may suggest.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Big Brother is watching

According to the Tacoma News Tribune the IRS has tracked taxpayers' political affiliations in at least 20 states.

Washington residents may have escaped this dragnet because Washington does not require voters to register by party.