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Posts published in October 2023

LNC Debates Malagon Motion

You see here the LNC debate on Adrian Malagon’s motion I move that Austin Padgett’s contract be extended for 3 months from the initial contract’s end date. The LNC Secretary wrote: I struggled with this vote. But I am voting yes, and have extended rationale why. It will anger some people (not on LNC) and frankly my dear, in the…

Malagon Moves Extension of Padgett Contract

Libertarian National Committee member Adrian Malagon has moved to extend the contract of Austin Padgett with the LNC.  Padgett had been working for the LNC under a short-term contract due to expire in October.  His job duties involved raising money for the Libertarian Party national committee.  The original contract had been controversial because Padgett is the boyfriend of LNC Chair…

Editorial: The LNC Drifts into Far-Right Antisemitism

Sadly, especially considering that the Libertarian Party had large numbers of Jews among its founding activists, the Libertarian National Committee and its staff are drifting into manifestly antisemitic positions.  We’ll summarize acts of drift, and present supporting material Hotep Jesus: Returning to 2021, National Chair candidate (and now National Chair) Angela McArdle defended the presence of Hotep Jesus as a…

Where Your Money Went — LNC Financials for September

First, the month-by-month cash movements, listing donations, disbursements, cash on hand at the end of the month, and credit card debt. We see in round numbers for the four months $350,000 of income, $422,000 of spending, cash on hand falling from $256,000 to just under $200,000, a decrease of $56,000, and credit card debt rising from $9,000 to $56,000, an…

LNC Tweet Called AntiSemitic by Most X Commenters

On X, formerly Twitter, the national Libertarian Party has its official social media feed, complete with 340,000 followers (not all of whom, of course, are supporters).  It makes regular posts advocating its positions.  It forwards posts from others, and comments on them. On October 19, the Governor of California announced travel plans, posting on X: “I’m on my way to…

Foundational Debate, Part IV

Additional thoughts from Publius Valerius. Stewart Flood asked me to restore point one here to make the flow more fluid. Publius had given me the needed authority. What about positions? First, as shields against takeover by far left or far right factions, not to mention that the positions are totally sound, the party should have immutable platform planks saying (1) …

The Hunt for Red October

Political Analysis by Stewart Flood SPOILER ALERT:  Love it or hate it, if you never watched this movie then go watch it before reading this! What can I say? I had to find a way to bring one of my favorite movies into this. The premise of the movie is quite simple: The USSR builds a super sub, designed to…

The Good, the Bad, and the Non-Partisan

Commentary by Stewart Flood Earlier in the week I was sitting here at my desk, working on some code, when there was suddenly a knock on the door.  No, it wasn’t Santa Claus, it was something better. I went over the door and asked who it was. The response came back: “This is Mike Gastin and I’m running for city…

Leave the Party, take the Cannoli

Commentary by Stewart Flood A word of advice to anyone trying to write in the modern world: don’t ever take a weekend vacation where they don’t let you talk politics or religion.  It throws you off pace. But while I was on this weekend retreat at the end of June, I did manage to sneak in a few minutes on…