BH) A libertarian is somebody whose highest political value is to minimize the role and incidence of force initiation in society. Anarcholibertarians are libertarians. Communists and socialists and totalitarians are not libertarians.I don't see an urgent need to demand apologies from PlatCom members for expressing narrow definitions of what constitutes libertarianism. We have another member who has said that one is not a libertarian but rather merely a "fellow traveler" if one embraces any state exercise of authority that she would call force-initiating. We have still a third member who has used phrases like "eco-fascist" and "brown shirts" and "Pol Pot" to characterize proposals that pollution aggression be policed with a state-imposed schedule of non-zero court-contestable fines.
There are many kinds of libertarians (see lists here or on Wikipedia). The LP should welcome all of them who are trying to unite voters who want more personal liberty and more economic liberty behind the electoral choices that will most effectively move public policy in a libertarian direction.
The LP would be crippled, and nearly lobotomized, if we lost all of our members who question whether America needs a state monopoly on any service (even justice and defense). The important thing is to keep anarchists from hijacking the LP into being a vehicle dedicated to promoting anarchism. The platform's job is to describe our shared libertarian principles that define what a "libertarian direction" is. (BH
We can't indulge in this sort of divisiveness as long as we still have a nanny state to dismantle. I urge all big-tent Libertarians to renounce using the platform as bludgeon for LP infighting (cf. the Denver Accord), and to endorse a balanced LP mission of using electoral politics to move public policy in a libertarian direction.
[P.S. Prof. Long, please forward this message to lpradicals@ where I am denied posting privileges.]