“[The reformers’] offering will be a true abomination. The platform committee is so stacked with people who embrace taxation and other uses of coercion that it can’t possibly produce anything that would be acceptable in toto to a roomful of libertarians. They will find out with this offering just exactly how far they have over-reached.”Simultaneously, Restore04 leader David Nolan ventured tentatively into a minor email skirmish with me before reverting to his position that he would rather debate via microphone than keyboard. (Nolan did, however, say some nice things about the Pure Principles draft, and in saying I'm not an "enemy" seemed to be retracting his invitation that I leave the LP if I don't like some parts of the 2004 Platform.) The skirmish arose in the wake of earnest efforts by Steve Kubby campaign aide Paulie Cannoli to arrange Platform debates on Steve's webradio show and/or on one of Paulie's blogs -- or the new LPradicals debate ghetto/honeypot Hogarth created after booting me from her other two forums. My counter-proposal is here.
Even though LP radicals are just starting to notice it, the work of the 2008 PlatCom (announced by me and others to multiple forums since last summer) proceeds apace as our Feb 15 Las Vegas meeting approaches. The subcommittee working on the Pure Principles draft has now grown to 10 of PlatCom's 20 voting spots, and most notable among its recent votes has been an endorsement of the Bylaws Committee's recommended tweak to the Statement of Principles.
The PlatCom now has an official web site for posting our drafts and a blog for discussing them, supplementing the PlatformFeedback@lp.org suggestion box that was announced last September. The Restore04 petition is up to about 160 signatures, but the Platform community breathlessly awaits news about the responses pouring in from the past and prospective NatCon delegates who received the PlatCom Chair's recent survey.