There are lot’s of “tests’ online, this one is as good as any, I include it simply to show that nearly everyone has some degree of agreement with libertarian principles. About 20% of people self identify as libertarian(as in ‘I’m a libertarian at heart but…) yet we can’t seem to get beyond 3% in a national election.
Part if that is because liberty is less popular when it is attached to the required responsibility. But part is also that we fight among ourselves and show only our asses to those on the outside looking in. Such a turmoil is in progress right now on both the national and local level. It has reached the point that while I am libertarian to the core, I have not renewed my membership in the national or state party.
The primary controversy is between purists and pragmatists. While I would cheerfully phase out 90% of the Federal Government, many of our State LP leaders would like to eject me from the party because I would leave 10% and not eliminate it all immediately. Oddly, it is mostly those in the party less than 5 years who are so extreme, but they are numerous and very active.
Locally, the Tidewater Libertarian Party, one of the oldest and by far the most influential local parties, has been disaffiliated and replaced on the State level by the Libertarian Party of Hampton Roads, made up of purists and anarchists. The State party had demanded that we drop “Libertarian” from our name, an interesting demand, considering that the TLP is the registered owner at the State Corporation Commission of the names “Tidewater Libertarian Party,” “Libertarian Party of Hampton Roads” and “Libertarian Party of Virginia.” It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. They can change their name.
What sin did we commit to warrant ejection? We allow Republicans and Democrats to speak at our meetings for 2 minutes each during election season. And, we endorsed John Moss, a Republican, for reelection in VA Beach’s non-partisan election. Moss attends more TLP meetings than I do but runs as a Republican.
So, the LP is tearing itself apart, locally and nationally, as it does every few years. In time, the pragmatists will pick up the pieces and resume working to restore liberty, one little step at a time.