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LNC Sends Ultimatum to LP New Mexico

On July 23, 2022, the Libertarian National Committee ("LNC") met online for several hours and heard complaints from members of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico (“LPNM”) regarding its most recent online convention held on or about July 12, 2022 (hereafter, “Constitutional Convention”).

LAMA — A Record of Inaction

LAMA, the “Libertarian Association of Massachusetts”, was until recently the Massachusetts affiliate of the national Libertarian Party. LAMA has a remarkable record of political inaction. It is still in operation, will likely put on the ballot a slate of candidates for statewide office, but the Libertarian National Committee now recognizes a different group, the Mises-associated “Legitimate Libertarian Association of Massachusetts”,…

In Remembrance of John Rensenbrink

John Rensenbrink, a co-founder of the Maine Green Party and the Green Party of the United States, died July 30 at age 93.  Born in Minnesota, Rensenbrink was unable to attend high school as the death of his father required him to work on the family dairy farm. Nevertheless, he eventually earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University…

The Reality Caucus of the Libertarian Party

With original credit to Charles Curley, Editor at L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise. Murphy knows the Libertarian Party has the reputation of being fools, buffoons, knaves and worse. L. Neil Smith, after putting a lot of effort into it during its early years, withdrew and excoriated it for years thereafter. The recent convention did nothing to improve that reputation.…

Welcome to Third Party Watch

Greetings from George Phillies, the new owner of Third Party Watch. Third Party Watch exists for editorial and other discussion of third-party activities, candidate advocacy, critical news of third parties, and related discussion.  Expect pointed analysis of failings of third party groups. Discussion will be moderated.  I am tolerant, but abusive language will not pass the moderators. If you are…