Friday night Ry posted:
My position is that the formation of the Libertarian Party did more to destroy freedom in the United States (and therefore, the world) than any event since.
He and I talked about it at time lunch on Friday. I find it hard to disagree with his reasoning. But it’s a little hard to know for certain because you can’t rerun the experiment to see how it would have turned out had the Libertarian Party not been formed.
The only reasonable argument I can make against his position is that the L-Party has articulated and presented a viewpoint that perhaps would have been even more muddled and lost than it is now.
In any case it’s sobering to think about and it causes me to wonder about other applications of the same thinking. What of Gun Owners of America, The Second Amendment Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right To Keep and Bear Arms, and JPFO? There I think the case is less clear. One can be a member of not just one but any and all of the organizations. With a political party your candidate either wins or loses. There is no middle ground or somewhat diminished influence when your most favored candidate looses a battle for political office.