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Letters on Political Strategy #5

Local Organization — A National Party’s Role

Strategic Planning is not a new idea. Successful businessmen have been doing strategic planning for millennia. 50 years ago, it was understandable that the newly-founded Libertarian Party would lack a strategy. It is now 2023, not 1972.

This letter discusses a particular strategy — the Local Organization strategy. In the previous letter, I discussed activities that every party group, no matter the party, needed to support, each in its own way. In this and the following letters, I consider activities appropriate for particular types of party groups. This letter considers activities that are particularly appropriate for a national party and national operations.

Someone might ask: National party? This is the Local Organization Strategy, isn’t it? Doesn’t that mean that you want to get rid of the national party organization?

To that question, I would answer: Not at all. The assertion that a local organization program would eliminate the corresponding national party is a base canard, and has no other basis. The Local Organization Strategy identifies critical tasks to be performed at the local level, at the state level, and at the national level. There is no question but that there are important tasks to be performed by party groups working on a national scale. In most cases, a reasonable person could imagine different party groups that would get the same work done in different ways. However, if a task is to be performed on a national scale, it is often the case that the National Committee can rationally perform the task or arrange for it to be performed.

TASKS FOR THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Cooperation with other national party groups
Lobbying and Congressional Testimony
National Party Operations
50 state ballot access
Bolster state and local organizations
Activist Training
Congressional PAC
Pro-Party Special Interest Groups
Take back the Internet 

The above analysis is an example of strategic planning. I looked at the issues confronting us, and worked out a piece of what we need to do to build a strong future, in my earlier writings specifically for the Libertarian Party. A capable leadership of our party would have done this sort of analysis years ago, would have presented its analysis and underlying rationale to our Party’s members as a strategic plan, and would have led by example in putting the Plan into effect.

Most party National Committees meet regularly. Their minutes are on the record. Go take a look. What have they been doing this half quarter century? Did they get us the quality strategy that our party deserves and needs?