My Talk at the LP Nevada Convention

The tide has turned in the Libertarian Party.

The Mises Caucus swept the Libertarian Party of Nevada convention yesterday. Charles Melchin was elected Chair. Jeffrey Hurley was elected Vice Chair, Bryan Elliott was elected as Treasurer, Katie Banuelos was elected as Secretary, Chris Orton was elected as Northern Rep, Adam Haman was elected as Southern Rep, and Sam Toll was elected At Large. The votes were not close. Our guys won by a large margin. They were gracious winners, though, and invited everyone to the LPMC after-party. None of the haters showed up, but some of the people on the fence about us did.

Going forward, I’ll be working closely with this state party to help them catch up to speed and develop “best practices” to share with other state parties and county affiliates.

The next libertarian conventions I’ll be attending are California’s, May 14th – 16th, and Colorado’s, May 21st – 23rd.

Here is a rough transcript of the talk I gave at the convention. I didn’t pull any punches during this talk, but I had lots of people new to the party tell me they appreciated it and that it resonated .

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Rise above this.

Rise to your potential.

This convention represents a major ideological battle in the fight for the soul of the LP.

Walk into this battle with your sword sheathed. If you show restraint, you will be viewed as the adult in the room.

Those who have swords and know how to use them, but keep them sheathed, will inherit the earth. People who are capable of force but able to show restraint are in the correct moral position.

This is essentially what the non aggression principle is about, acknowledging your strength and restraint.

Human beings are capable of remarkable things but we sometimes get so gripped by fear, that we dont behave in a remarkable way. People shirk back from exercising their strength and moral character because they’re afraid. They’re afraid of judgment, they’re afraid of failure, and most of all – they’re afraid of success. They’re afraid how success might radically change their finite, predictable lives.

If you cultivate the mindset of ignoring your strength and you refuse to exercise it, you become a coward.

No one wants to be outed as a coward, so people like to disguise their cowardice as morality, (or moral superiority).

They’ll claim their harmlessness or their opposition to strength and resolve of character is a sign of moral integrity.

But it’s not.

If you have the heart of an axe murderer, but you dont have an axe, you’re not a moral person, and you’re not harmless. You’re just unarmed. You have no moral superiority.

This sense of moral superiority that people get – its the mask you wear to convince yourself and the world that you’re not a terrible monster, so when you look into the mirror, you shrink back in terror or dont run away screaming.

Cowardice is not a virtue. It’s a crippling vice.

Cowardice holds you back from accomplishing things, from actualizing your true potential, and it makes you resentful of others.

There is no place in the libertarian party for cowardice.

There is no place in the libertarian party for people who are afraid to speak out against the lockdowns, or vaccine passports, or the bombing of hiroshima.

This is not the place for your cowardice.

If you’ve been a coward in the past, but you’re ready to make a change, this is your time. We invite you to actualize your true potential. Rise to the occasion. Help us fight back against the tide of totalitarianism that is sweeping our nation. Fight back like your lives and the lives of your children depend on it.

This is no joke!

Back to the fight. The battle for the soul of the LP. This is a very important, but much smaller battle in the nationwide, meta war for our freedom.

What are we fighting for, really?

Some of us are fighting for freedom. We want to use the party as a vehicle for libertarian messaging and elections. As a guidestar on the journey to a freer place.

Some of you are fighting for acceptance from the status quo.

The libertarian party has such low self esteem. It doesnt believe in itself or its own values.

So we have to change things. We have to believe in our principles and speak the truth. And in order to do that we need to clean things up.

Some of you are pretty new to the LP and you’re wondering what you’ve got yourselves into. Maybe all you have is your little county or state party. You don’t have much political power but you’ve got this party and maybe this community right around you. And your party is kind of a mess but it’s what you’ve got. You’ve got officers but not all of them show up to every meeting . You’ve got a website but it’s not updated regularly. You exist but you’re stagnant, and kind of treading water. Or maybe you’ve got some people who are actively keeping you down.

So how do you clean up your party exactly? What are you even cleaning up? Well the libertarian party is supposed to make the world a freer place, and in order to do that we need to communicate our ideas about freedom and let people know. Ok – so we need to be a vehicle to communicate the concept of liberty.

So maybe the first thing you need to do is figure out what your message is, and how to get it across and who to communicate it to – and that’s more work than you might think..

You want to get people elected, and get ballot access, and grow your membership. Those are all good things, too. But you’ve got to get your house in order before you start making additions to your house.

Then the next thing is you have to make the LP appealing to people. So you have to have some discernment and an understanding of how to attract people, and who to attract.

You have to develop your capacity to be creative so you can compete in the marketplace of ideas. That’s what we’re doing.

You want to be enthusiastic and energetic, and oriented towards liberty in a way that excites other people.

These are the first critical steps in growing a healthy organization.

When you begin to pull these things off, the status quo element of the party may interfere with your work. When you start building up this microcosm of meaningful activism, it will evoke the pathology of every insecure person around you and they’ll wonder what you’re up to and they wont be happy because if they’re in a lowly place and so are you, and you’re trying to move out of that lowly place, the higher you move out of it, the more their place looks bad and they will attempt to pull you back down.

All organizations go through this to some degree. If you’re going to organize your party, you’re going to have to confront the devils in your house and some of them can be very challenging to evict.

I wanna reassure you these problems are not unique to the libertarian party. These are archetypal problems that manifest themselves in every kind of organization, but especially in political organizations and non profits.

What’s the payoff for pulling off something like this? For actualizing potential?

We honestly don’t know. We can’t begin to understand our capacity to affect change in the system until we get on the right track and fully realize our potential.

The last year or so is a better example than anything else in our lifetimes of what kind of horror is unleashed upon the world when society abandons bravery and the sovereignty of the individual for the confines of moral superiority and cowardice.

People lost their jobs, their family businesses, their savings, their children’s college funds… suicide, alcoholism, and domestic violence rates soared. Civil liberties all but disappeared.

People gave into tyranny for sake of the greater good – to save “society”. To save YOU whether you like it or not. Whether it helped or not. Whether it hurt or not.

But the year ahead of us! This is our golden opportunity. And maybe our last hope! Our chance to take a stand against authoritarianism, to be a light in the darkness for all of the people who are lost and crying out for guidance.

We don’t have time for cowardice.

We only have time for boldness.

I’m asking you all now to be brave. To recognize your strengths, and the strength of principled, libertarian messaging and leadership.

Actualize your potential. Rise to the occasion.

Washington LP Convention Talk

I spoke at the Libertarian Party of Washington Convention last weekend. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and helped me travel to conventions this year. I’m on my way to Nevada now to speak at their convention May 1st (tomorrow).

Here’s a rough transcript of my Washington LP talk, which was live streamed from their Facebook page.

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WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR

The last year or so is a better example than anything else in our lifetimes of what kind of horror is unleashed upon the world when society abandons the idea of the individual.

People lost their jobs, their family businesses, their savings, their children’s college funds… suicide, alcoholism, and domestic violence rates soared. Civil liberties all but disappeared.

People gave into tyranny for sake of the greater good – to save “society”. To save YOU whether you like it or not. Whether it helped or not. Whether it hurt or nor.

There was so much suffering. But who suffered?

THE DANGER TO THE INDIVIDUAL

It’s the individual who suffers. The group does not suffer. What a wild time we live in. Identity politics have been pushed on us with extra intensity during the last year. Special interest groups lament that they’ve been mistreated and oppressed while practically the whole country was placed on some level of house arrest. There was no special privilege for lockdowns (unless your bureaucrat) based on race, gender or skin color. Why do they overlook that? Why do they elevate the perceived suffering of group identities while overlooking the obvious?

The individual people who make up the group suffer.

This is why individual rights are paramount. It’s why the reality of the individual must never be compromised or abandoned.

It’s why the individual must be taken seriously if suffering is to be taken seriously.

I’ll tell you something, the libertarians who are afraid to speak out against the lockdowns are afraid to confront themselves.

They don’t feel confident as libertarians.

They don’t feel confident talking about individualism with non libertarians. 

That’s a good litmus test to see who’s serious about the movement. Can you talk about the intrinsic, precious value of the individual in front of your socialist or leftist friends?

The individual is something to be cherished. It’s such a unique concept and its taken us thousands of years to get it right.

Be proud of it.

SO HOW DO WE KEEP ALL OF THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN?

BE BRAVE.

Not everyone is brave.

How do you become brave?

You need to confront 3 things:

1) Yourself, 2) your surroundings (or your party), 3) and the world.

THE SELF

Many people never get to the point of confronting themselves because it seems too unbearable, and this why they struggle to effect meaningful change in the world – or to do it without wrecking things around them.

The best way to confront yourself is to rip the band-aid off quickly.

No one is perfect. There is no perfect libertarian.

Maybe you already know what’s wrong with yourself internally but you’re too afraid to articulate it in your head or say it out loud…. So just get it over with as quickly as possible.

Maybe you’re fearful, and you’re in debt, and you’re disorganized.

But you’re also good at data analytics and IT, you‘re very well read on libertarian philosophy, and on some days you’re very generous…

Confronting the things that are wrong isn’t just about pointing out everything that’s wrong. It’s a SWOT analysis. It’s assessing your strengths, weaknesses. opportunities and threats. – And I’m gonna relate this back to why it matters for the LP.

… So how do you become brave?

You start by working on one thing at a time.

Maybe you have authoritarian neocon family members who praise the drug war and tyrannical foreign policy all day long and every time you hear it you grind your teeth but you never say anything, even though you’re a very articulate messenger.

Well, maybe you can start by piping up, respectfully, and putting some of that articulate messaging out there.

“Well, aktchually, mom and Dad, I think the drug war has failed and it’s torn families apart. I know you think the family unit is really important and you hate welfare entitlements so maybe you should reconsider your position on the drug war.”

Tackle these things one thing at a time, It’ll make you brave.

YOUR SURROUNDINGS

You need brave people in the LP. You need brave leaders. What does the LP look like if no one is brave? It looks like an organization that’s afraid to speak out against the worst violation of civil liberties in the last hundred years.

This is why I spoke out against the mismanagement of national’s messaging and announced my candidacy for the chair race so early. We need to rip the band aid off quickly.

What does it mean when an organization who’s Statement of Principles says “we reject the cult of the omnipotent state” is unwilling to speak out against the state?

What does it mean if an organization is unwilling to speak out or act on its stated purpose?

The reason it’s good to work on yourself first, before you go and tackle a county, state, or national organization, is because organizations need to be made up of principled, brave people.

You’re better situated to defend the principles of freedom on a state or national level when you’re able to defend your personal freedom.

You probably don’t have the same messaging problems here in Washington – but you do have the same tyrannical government problems.

And of course it’s hypocritical to go around judging everything and trying to right it without first working on yourself.

This room seems full of brave people. We need to take this spark and spread it across the country like wildfire.

After we’ve cleaned up our organizations, we can set our aim on something broader. Cleaning up the country, or the world.

HAVE VISION

So how else do you get a freer world in your lifetime?

You need to have vision.

A vision for yourself. A vision for the future of your organization. A vision for the future of the world you want to live in. A vision for the world you want your children to live in.

Just like with bravery, you start with yourself first.

You cant have vision for the future without vision to see what’s happening in front of you. That one of the reasons why LP national is floundering so hard right. They’re willfully blind to the agenda of the mainstream narrative, wokeism, progressive pandering, whatever you wanna call it.

In order for the LP to have vision, it needs to have:

1) the ability to see the tyranny around us, and

2) the ability to identify the 1) people who are eager to receive our message, 2) viable solutions to solving our problems 3) and pockets of hope.

Vision is a clear image of how you see your future. You need to see what’s right in front of you before you can map out your future.

Washington is toying with some insane Big Brother spying road tax, your homelessness crisis is spiraling to California proportions, and you’re looking at a potential capital gains tax.

Your personal liberties are being aggressively encroached upon. So conceptualize your vision for the future and be brave when you work to achieve it.

Right now, LP National has a low resolution vision of the future, it moves half heartedly towards it, and it has no goals to meet along the way.

We need to bring vision to the LP. That means we need to see what’s going on politically and culturally in the world. And we need to have hope. We need to BELIEVE in a better future and actually work towards it and try to speak it into existence.

I believe in this vision. I believe in our messaging. The Washington Convention represents a tipping point in the direction of a bright future and unconstrained libertarian messaging.

Last words about bravery.

People get bullied because they wont fight back

How do societies lose their freedom? One little sin at a time. You go to work, someone’s lording their cubicle authority over you, someone’s tyrannical – you don’t have the wherewithal to stand up. You see someone else being bullied or censored, you don’t have the backbone to stand up for them. Government thugs rob you of your income and lock you in your home for a year and you roll over to them.

It’s like, Ok! You’re a slave. And if you continue to be a slave, you will continue to generate tyrants all around you. And the only thing that can stop you from behaving that way once you’re locked into that pattern is the right kind of terror. Be careful what you give up, because you don’t know what kind of terror you’re unwittingly unleashing upon yourself.

The forces of tyranny expand to occupy any space made available for their existence. People who refuse to defend themselves with their speech  are just as vulnerable to exploitation as those who are genuinely unable to stand up for their own rights because of a disability or other serious limitation on their physical or intellectual power.

We are not intellectually crippled. We are the best and brightest. We have the best philosophy. We have the best solutions.

Let’s be the bravest people.

Let’s be visionaries.

Convention Tour Updates

I’ve added the Libertarian Party of Utah Convention to my calendar, and the Libertarian Party of Delaware convention. I’ll be speaking at Delaware, but not at Utah. The Utah Mises Caucus is still fairly small, and needs some growth. If you’re in Utah, and interested in growing the party with principled activists (caucus or not) please reach out to me so I can get you connected.

You can find the video to my Alabama LP Sunday key note speech here.

Libertarian Convention Tour 2021

This spring, I’ll be traveling to speak at Libertarian Party conventions across the country. The overarching theme of my talks is Foundations of Liberty. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on how we can better structure ourselves and communicate our ideas to the world. I’ll also be discussing what the lockdowns have represented, and how to navigate suffering in the LP.

Libertarian Party of Alabama – March 19th – 20th. I’m delivering the key note message Sunday for brunch.

Libertarian Party of Washington – April 23rd – 25th. I’m delivering a speech Friday night.

Libertarian Party of Nevada – May 1st. I’ll be attending the Mises Caucus afterparty. Location/Time TBD.

Libertarian Party of California – May 14th – 16th. I’m hosting the CA Mises Caucus Reception Event on May 14th. Please grab tickets to this event and support the work we’ve been doing in California.

Libertarian Party of Michigan – June. Date TDB 

Libertarian Party of North Carolina – June 18th – 20th.

Porcfest – June. Date TBD. I’ll be speaking in a debate about the best way to achieve liberty.

Texas liberty event – October. Date TBD.

Libertarian Party of Delaware. Date TBD.

I’ll provide more updated dates asap. If you’d like to help with my travel fund, please visit my Patreon page, or donate one time at paypal.com/paypalme/angelamcardle

I Love Smiles

The CDC recently issued a mask mandate for all public transportation, nationwide. I know most people have prioritized lifting lockdowns over mask mandates but I find this order extremely disturbing.

Two year olds must wear masks when traveling. Cranky two year olds.

You can read more about it in this Reason article.

Mask wearing has rapidly become normalized, and I believe it’s highly detrimental to “society”. (Cringe. I hate that word, but it’s relevant here.) The reason it’s become so normalized is because it’s been pushed by government.

Do I believe that private businesses have the right to enforce mask mandates on private property? Well, yes. But I’m not interested in leading with that argument for several reasons (more on this in the free article in Patreon account.)

I think it’s important to speak out against mask mandates but I find “anti-activism” exhausting at times. So I’m sending all of my Patreon supporters and Chair race donors “I Love Smiles” stickers for Valentines Day. If you so choose, you can go maskless and wear an “I Love Smiles” sticker on your shirt. Or you can gift them to someone who is more troubled by the mask mandates than you are. Sometimes we need a little positive encourage in the face (ha!) of our struggles.

Libertarian Messaging: Let’s Do Better

From my latest Patreon article:

“Sure, Twitter technically has the right to remove users from its platform. Twitter has a lengthy Terms of Service agreement that no one is expected to read, and buried within that agreement are some vague terms that people frequently violate. Twitter arbitrarily enforces those terms on people Twitter doesn’t like. Twitter discriminates.

Is it fraud? Can you make an argument that this fraud is a violation of the Non Aggression Principle? I guess so. But I don’t really care if it’s a violation of the NAP. I’d rather frame it in a way that the average person can understand: censorship on a large scale is a bad idea. It makes entire groups of people feel persecuted for their political views. It turns political groups into “others, enemies, and victims.” In other countries, censorship has been a precursor to civil unrest, violence, political and ethnic cleansing, and civil war.”

Most of my Patreon articles are public and free to read. Please check them out.

Libertarians, in their desperate attempt to appeal to the left and follow the cultural zeitgeist (to hell), are calling Trump supporters terrorists, rioters, treasonists, stupid idiots, and all manner of insults. In four years, we will beg these same people to vote for us.

When we call half of the country stupid, we should think about what the end result might be. I think it’s a good idea to call out stupid things that organizations and industries controlled by the left (and right) do. I think it’s okay to call institutions and policies idiotic and dangerous. But I think when libertarians start calling half of the population stupid, or dehumanizing them, we run into an obvious problem. 

We are trying to convert people to libertarianism, not convince them to go to civil war with us. It’s difficult to convince conservatives to trust our political goals while some libertarians constantly dehumanize them or call them terrorists.  Many of these Trump supporters are completely disenfranchised by their party and disgraced political savior right now. We should welcome the ones who are receptive to our message and be patient with the ones who are on the fence.

Don’t get too riled up with hatred or ridicule. Remember the whole point of our movement: to win people over for the cause of liberty.

What Does Liberty Look Like In Other Countries?

Did you know Canada has a Libertarian Party? So does the Netherlands. So do several countries in Africa. It’s a global movement. If you’re wondering what the Libertarian Party of Canada thinks about my chair race and the messaging coming from our Libertarian Party, you can check out my interview with Tim Moen here.

Tim is an excellent advocate for liberty. Heed his warnings about how bad government healthcare is. It’s no joke.

Latest Podcasts and Updates About My Chair Race

Last week, I appeared on Pete Quinones’ podcast and shared some tough love thoughts on the Libertarian Party. You can find the episode here.

The best way to help the Libertarian Party get back on track with better messaging and liberty activism is to get involved in your local, county level party. Join and commit to be active at least once a month. In Los Angeles, you can join at lplac.us

You can hear more of my thoughts on the future of the LP at Fritz Cast and Yer Talkin Over Me Podcast

Save California’s Restaurants

The California Libertarian Party Mises Caucus is sponsoring a petition to end the bans on outdoor dining in LA County. We need to start locally and gain enough support in blue metropolitan cities to the point that Gavin Newsom loses his support base.

Fight locally, then fight at the state level. We’ll be attaching the signatures to a proposed resolution to refuse to follow Newsom’s orders to close outdoor dining.

Let’s take this first step together. Please share the petition and support your local restaurants in the meantime.

http://chng.it/BLzdxg7S