My Talk At The LP Florida Convention

I’m traveling to Freedomfest tomorrow and speaking on a couple panels during the film festival. Here’s a rough transcript of the talk I gave in Florida last month. I’ll be posting a few more updates soon. For more timely updates, you can subscribe to my Patreon. Thank you to everyone who’s been supportive of my chair race.

Bringing the LP Out of the Fog

Lack of courage to face challenges and confront the unknown

I talk a lot about the lack of courage within the LP.  LP National lacks the courage to speak out against lockdowns and present libertarian ideas in a bold, confident manner. 

I’ve also talked about LP National’s lack of vision. At the national level, we don’t communicate tangible goals or a vision for the future. 

These problems are tied together. Let’s drill down into these issues a little deeper.

It’s convenient to lack courage and lack vision because it protects you from accountability.

Fear and inability to integrate our shadow

Why are some of us so terrified to tackle the challenges that face us within the party? Why are some of us afraid to master the infighting, the brutalist messaging, the difficult topics?

Every person has a shadow, a dark side, and when you try to flee from it, you will fail because YOU CANNOT ESCAPE YOURSELF.

And what the LP is doing when it refuses to address some of ugliness and the in-fighting, some of the most challenging topics within libertarianism, is it’s hiding from its own shadow.

We cannot escape the tough topics in libertarianism because THEY ARE A PART OF LIBERTARIANISM. Our refusal to address these issues honestly and openly – lockdowns v. safety and compassion, medical freedom, how responsibility relates to freedom, legalizing hard drug use, the problem with government employees, the role of the soldier in the war on terror… 

Our refusal to address these issues openly and honestly has lead to political schizophrenia within our organization because we are not acting in alignment with our own philosophy and values. We are hiding from the parts of our philosophy that we haven’t yet mastered.

The answer isnt to run away from conflict or challenges – it’s to address it directly, conquer our challenges in messaging and internal conflict, and integrate our shadow.

But right now, we’re afraid to confront tough issues, so we live with this elephant in the room – this monstrous, frightening shadow-  and we live in fear.

Imagination, willingness

We’re so stifled in this party, desperate for *what we perceive* is professionalism. But LP National isn’t really striving for professionalism, it’s going after this one dimensional, low resolution version of professionalism. Suits and ties, polite language. It’s superficial and shallow.

It takes imagination to have vision and come up with solutions to these challenges. And LP National has cut itself off from imagination, from boldness, creativity and ingenuity.

Fear of failure and rejection

It’s cut itself of from the creative process. On the national level, we refuse to address these issues because we’re afraid of failure. But the stakes are so small. 200 something elected officials nationwide… We’re terrified of losing, while we’re not even winners.

It will take creativity, courage, vision, and honesty to break out of this mindset.

Imagination is the key to self-improvement.

Your mind has the potential to change your future self. 

The most successful individuals had visions of things nobody had seen or done before. They challenged the social order. A fantastic story has the potential to inspire people. That;s why imagination is a priceless asset. It’s much more important than a suit & tie, than a play-it-safe slogan, than pandering.

Imagination allows us to confront the unknowns of the world around us and to reach deep into the soul of the average person and change them in a profound way.

That’s what we need to do as libertarians,

THE FOG

Many of us are scared of ourselves, others, and the world we live in. Dark times in your life, and in history, are like fog. Like lockdowns. In the LP, we’re afraid of not knowing what we want, or knowing exactly what we want but failing to acquire it. 

There are several bad habits we have that cultivate a culture of losing.

We fear that failure is the most likely outcome, so we paint ourselves as losers so that we can accept what we perceive is our inevitable outcome. 

AND we are often terrified to define failure. This is so we can celebrateo our failures as if they were successes. 

The outcome of these fears is that we don’t let ourselves understand what we want we dont ever seek more, and we dont win big. 

And this is why we are afraid to define success and set goals.

People tend to hide things they don’t like in the so-called fog. This fog is the refusal to carefully consider conflicts as they emerge, failure to set defined goals and a failure to communicate them to yourself and the people around you. To be successful, you should be able to notice and convey your thoughts, feelings, and goals. If you manage to do this, you are able to determine if your actions are in alignment with your stated purpose. 

PURPOSE

We challenge the cult of the omnipotent state. 

We need to relentlessly pursue freedom and chase it with unmatched passion 

If we seek out our purpose then other goals will be met along the way- winning elections, – maintaining ballot access, – growing voter registration, – growing membership

All of these things can be done in alignment with our purpose

But we need to integrate our shadow, confront our demons, and embrace our own philosophy.

I hope to lead the LP in this effort at the national level next year.

My Talk At The Delaware Liberty Speaks Event

Here’s a rough draft of my talk from the Delaware Liberty Speaks event.

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 ideas of individualism and freedom.

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 the 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.

While thousands of people protested the government’s actions, millions more were compliant. LOTS of people knew in their hearts that the lockdowns were wrong, but they didn’t speak out. They complied. 

What an uncomfortable realization…many people in this country do not want or value personal liberty, and they don’t want you to have freedom either.

Why have so many people given in to the narrative that we need to be locked down, masked up and injected with an experimental vaccine in order to be “safe” and “normal”?

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO US? 

We live in country that fought a revolution over a 3% tax. And here we are now.

We’re in exile.

We’ve drifted SO FAR from the founding principles of this country and from what we all immediately associate with the word “freedom”, that it’s like we’ve undergone a painful separation, an exile, from liberty.

And now we’re floundering in the wilderness, aimless, frustrated, confused, lashing out at each other. Trying to get SOMEWHERE better with no idea how to do it.

WHY IT HAPPENED

Why did this happen? How?

We can look back in history and see most of the major errors – for those of us who KNOW our history. And that’s a part of it – ignorance. Laziness. But how did we get to the point that half of the country was willing to stay home on house arrest for a year?

FEAR AND LIES

People behave a certain way when they’re gripped by fear.

And we have cultivated a culture of fear.

Everything from helicopter parents to hyper vigilant food safety to terror alerts. It all conditions us to be afraid of the world we live in. To beg for safety measures. To beg for a snug little cage. To snuff out our curiosity and bravery.

Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.

And to what benefit?

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposing yourself. The fearful are caught as often as the bold – as we saw with different state strategies on lockdowns and with people who stayed at home & still got sick.

Fear infects you. It warps your judgment and overtakes your… It makes you susceptible to the other thing that’s wreaked so much havok on us during the past year. LIES.

The culture of lies.

People are fearful, and they’re lied to. Brazenly! Out in the open!

Our government lied to us about the effictiveness of lockdowns. It lied to us about PCR testing. It lied to us about mask mandates and it’s lying to us about the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines now.

Before that, it lied to us about the war on terror, and the war on drugs, and the war in Vietnam…

It’s what we’ve come to accept. And we romanticize lying and deception in entertainment too. It’s a cultural problem, and we need to fix it.

Truth is the antidote. Truth is treason in an empire of lies.

The journey out of exile.

So we’re lost in a metaphorical desert, blinded by lies and fear. 

What will our journey out of exile look like?

Consider this: It is more important for the people who live in this country to escape the bondage of fear and lies, than it is to regain their physical freedoms. No one who opposes lockdowns wants to hear that. It’s a hard truth. But the reality is, without the truth and without bravery, we’ll just get locked down AGAIN AND AGAIN.

We can’t restore freedom in this country until  we open people’s minds, until we chase the fear out of people’s hearts.

Now let’s talk about waking people up.

The first rally cries for freedom are usually met by people like us with a good deal of acceptance. The prospect of a magical release without cost or difficulty is always met with approval. But the fight for freedom is never without cost and struggle. There’s no moment in history where it ever has been. 

It’s in the context of this struggle that important, foundational questions emerge: What is freedom? What is its power? Can people be trusted with their own freedom? What’s more valuable – freedom or security? 

Now we’re honing in on a real problem: people are ignorant of the relationship between freedom and personal responsibility. Until they come to understand the relationship between the two, deliverance from oppressors will only lead to different oppressors.

This is something we’ve got to wake people up to because this ignorance was weaponized against us last year when the societal mantra turned to collective responsibility. “You have to wear a mask so you don’t get anyone else sick. We’re all in this together. Stay home, save lives.” These slogans are off base because the don’t consider personal responsibility.

Let’s drill down into this issue a little more: Can someone be totally free without assuming any personal responsibility? Maybe? It depends on what you’re talking about when you talk about freedom.

A good example is a homeless drug addict on Skidrow. Running “free” on the streets, “free” of responsibility, but trapped in the prison of addiction, in a cycle of pain and torment. 

This is what I’m talking about when I say that people can be trapped by their own ideological prisons. What difference does it make if you have freedom from government but you’re enslaved by something else? Enslaved by a bad ideology?

Assume responsibility for yourself, for your own actions, so you can manage your freedom and safeguard your liberties from thieves and abusers. This is what we need to teach people so that we can reunite with our God given freedoms.

More on the brainwashing: The Cathedral and its Devotees:

The people in power are brainwashed by fear and lies, too, just in a different way.

Since so many people treat Fauci like a god or like the high priest of the Church of Science, why shouldn’t he act that way? There was no incentive for him to obey the demands of the American people. 

Since he doesnt accept the reality of the damage central planning causes, since he refuses to acknowledge personal sovereignty and personal responsibility, he has to imagine some other reason for the public outcry. People must be stupid, or underserving of their freedom, or evil.

This is what we’re up against. A frightened, hypnotized population led into the darkness by liars who don’t believe we should control our own lives.

We’ve got to wake people up and we’ve got to FIGHT BACK.

The beginning of the journey:

A real battle for liberty will make our immediate situation more difficult, not easier. 

To begin to pursue freedom is to attract the attention and the wrath of the enemies of liberty. 

When you speak up, you draw the Eye of Sauron upon you. I know some of you in Delaware already feel this way. 

This battle brings to a sharp focus some important questions: 

We see how this crisis, which exists as a result of government’s recalcitrance and the dramatically worsened situation, will provide a setting for the much-needed demonstration of character that should come out of the LP.

Physical deliverance from lockdowns and vaccine passports cannot happen until we have a spiritual, psychological and emotional awakening.

We need to embrace freedom in our hearts, with its uncertainty, with its perils, with its boundless opportunities.

SO HOW DO WE KEEP ALL OF THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN

How do we begin to combat that? 

Tell the truth.

The truth will set you free.

Truthburns off all of the lies and the fear. 

It strips you of the extraneous excuses you’ve made up that allow you to live a compartmentalized, inconsistent life. It’s like a refiner’s fire. It can be PAINFUL to feel your old worldview burn off and watch the ashes blow away in the wind.

We’ve all seen at least one friend go through that process the last year. Or maybe you went through it yourself.

Have you ever seen the movie They Live?

There’s this epic fight in the movie where the main character is trying to make his friend put on a pair of special glasses so that he can see the deception that’s actually taking place in the world around him. And the friend refuses – because he’s afraid of the truth. He doesnt want to know, so they have a brutal fist fight in an alley until the friend is finally beat down, physically and metaphorically, to the point that he has no choice but to put on the glasses and see the world for what it really is.

What does it do to your soul when you sit on the truth?

When you refuse to speak out – out of fear, cowardice, whatever – refuse to share the truth when you know everyone around you is lying, it’s like it kills a little part of your soul. You can feel your spirit wither. When you know the truth, and refuse to speak the truth, it’s like living a lie.

We need boldness and bravery. We need the courage to speak the truth so we can end this miserable exile.  

“This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.” That’s how the song goes.

You pay a price for everything you do and everything you dont do, and that includes silence.

It’s not all bad, though. 

The truth will build you up. It’ll strenthen you. It’ll be your armour and your shield and it’ll help you become couragous. 

BE BRAVE

Not everyone is brave.

How do you become brave?

You need to confront 3 things:

1) Yourself, 2) your surroundings (or your affiliate), 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. They stay lost in their own mental wilderness.

The best way to confront yourself is to rip the bandaid off quickly.

No one is perfect. There is no perfect libertarian. 

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’ve also got plenty of marketable skills, you‘re very well read on libertarian philosophy, and on some days you’re very generous…

… So how do you take all of that stuff, your personal baggage, and become brave?

You start by working on one thing at a time.

Maybe you have authoritarian family members who praise Fauci 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,lockdowns have failed and pcr testing isn’t being used properly and here’s the evidence. I know you’re a compassionate, intelligent person so I think should reconsider what you’ve heard in the media.”

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

Back to that journey out of exile.

Our foundation is truth, and bravery. But there has to be a fight, and you have to ask yourself:

How much are you willing to give up?

 At what point does living…become a meager existence or subsistence?

 What act would it take by government to get you riled up enough to really put something on the line, to sacrifice?

 Many people who hate lockdowns were afraid to have an uncomfortable 20 second interaction with a grocery store employee over masks.

I know, people scream about private property rights. They make all kinds of excuses to enable government policies to ruin our lives and rob us of joy.

Cowardice is a real problem in this country. Most of us are very soft. We enjoy the comforts of an extremely prosperous, capitalist society that has given us a lot of comforts at wonderful discount prices.

I’m extremely grateful for those things. I’m grateful for Ikea furniture, grocery delivery, and post-scarcity levels of entertainment.

So many people are distracted from our descent into totalitarianism by so many different things. And libertarians have our bread and circuses. Infighting and drama, insulating ourselves too much, etc.; slipping into revolutionary daydreams while we do nothing effectively on the outside.

Do you think we can keep all of that if we have the government shut down a huge chunk of our economy and put us on house arrest and put a quarter of us out of work and divide us in a race war?

It’s a Republic “if you can keep it”. That’s what Ben Franklin said.

If you want to keep the freedoms you have left, you’ve got to be willing to make some sacrifices. Rather than tell you to go storm the governor’s house (which I know you will not) I want to propose a challenge that you can actually do: push a little bit past your comfort zone.

Take your mask off in the grocery store and see what happens.

Go to shooting range if you’ve never shot a gun.

Buy a gun if you’ve been putting it off.

Tell *one friend* IN PERSON why you think lockdowns are wrong.

Fake a vaccine certificate.

What ever your comfort zone is, push past it just a little bit. Toughen up. Get strong.

Are you interested in medical freedom? Dissolving the mirage of mainstream medical narratives? Then change your diet, work out, get in shape to escape the state.

We all want to see a change in this world but we’ve got to be that change if you want to see that change.

You’ve got gun grabber bills that are coming down the pipeline in Delaware. Let’s do something about it.

What about the mandatory vaccine proposals? Vaccine passports?

All of this stuff in the product of people’s apathy and fear. It is pushed by government propaganda and LIES.

Let’s fight back against it. HARD.

UNITY

And we need to fight back together.

We’re divided by superficial political labels. Democrats and progressives who oppose lockdowns are afraid to be seen at protests with Trump supporters. People are afraid to take off their masks because they think other people will assume they’re Republicans.

We don’t have time for that.

We don’t have to be afraid of someone raising their eyebrows at us. Bravery 101.

We have to deal with a government that robbed the entire nation of due process because of germs. We have to deal with a government that wants to disarm us, to rob us of joy, to separate us from our families during the holidays, to force our grandparents into nursing homes with sick people while refusing to allow us to visit with them…

We can’t be paranoid of what our neighbors might think of us; we have to stand against mass murderers, and stand WITH each other.

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 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. 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.

Slavery is miserable. Revolting is dangerous. Liberty is inherently dangerous; it is not safe. But think for a moment – neither is subjecting yourself to the whim of a tyrant who doesn’t care about you.

ENDING

Let’s end this exile. Let’s begin the journey to reclaim our freedom together. We are not intellectualy crippled. We are the best and brightest. We have the best philosophy. We have the best solutions.

Let’s be the bravest people.

Recap: The Colorado LP Convention

The Mises Caucus swept the Colorado LP elections, taking 10/11 executive committee/board positions.

How did it go down?

A lot of work went into this takeover. Marc aka Funkhauser worked his ass off to get everyone to show up and vote. I can’t stress enough how important the organizer role is for convention purposes.

It takes a lot of coordination to get people to check all the boxes for participation: membership, voter registration, hotel/travel logistics, showing up on time, getting credentialed, getting plugged into internal communications (Discord, Telegram, Signal, etc.), passing out voter guides, explaining RONR, understanding the bylaws & communicating the relevant portions to new members in a digestible way…the list goes on and on.

Here are two important tips for organizing at convention: 1) Know what hotel rooms people are staying in so you can knock/wake them up if they oversleep from partying, and 2) Keep people fed and supplied with alcohol while they are in the business room.

Anyway…

Saturday and Sunday, convention business took place and the LPMC politely dominated the room. They helped to facilitate business by not knit-picking every proposal to death and they called the question when debate got too long-winded. I recommend that other states adopt this strategy. It makes you the good guy and shows that you have the best interests of the party in mind. Colorado’s lone outspoken Loser Brigade guy rubbed everyone the wrong way by repeatedly being rude and confrontational on the mic, and he was boo’d on Sunday for trying to disenfranchise voters. The tide in CO has turned.

Wayne Harlos was elected Chair, Hannah Goodman was elected Vice Chair, and Caryn Ann Harlos was elected Secretary. This is a solid lineup and I’m optimistic about the activism the Colorado party will be doing during the next year. 

The LPMC has a healthy alliance with the Radicals and this was evident in the CO election outcome. I believe it will continue to grow in the coming year as we continue to make the Libertarian Party libertarian again.

My next conventions will be Delaware June 4th – 5th, Florida June 11th – 13th, North Carolina June 18th, and Michigan June 26th.

My Talk for the Arkansas LP

I pre-recorded a talk for the Arkansas LP Convention, which took place the same weekend as the California Convention.

Here’s a rough transcript:

Hello Arkansas,

I know you aren’t troubled as much by lockdowns but I want to remind you to stay extra vigilant. California is the canary in the coal mine and you should be on guard against the same kind of encroachment taking place in your state. I wanna talk to you about lockdowns and messaging and explain what it means for the libertarian party of Arkansas.

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 precious values of freedom and the pursuit of truth.

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

We watched the world implode around us. People stuck their heads in the sand like a bunch of ostriches and and willfully refused to see the truth – that government lockdowns, business closures, and emergency orders did much more harm than good.

Many of us were shocked – How could this happen in our lifetime? Weren’t we still at least 100 years away from this kind of orwellian, dystopian nightmare?

The signs have been all around us. We just failed to see the writing on the wall.

A society that rejects the truth and embraces the lies of collectivism and victim culture always teeters on the precipice of disaster.

SUFFERING AND THE TRUTH

There was a lot of suffering last year because people were afraid to tell the truth.

Political agendas got in the way, lies, deception, cover ups for mistakes… the truth came in last place.

Arkansas was one of the few states that withstood the worst assaults on our civil liberties.

You didnt have a lockdown like California or New York, but you did have school closures, mask mandates and business capacity reductions. Your governor urged people to stay home for the holidays. 

Did life carry on normally? Maybe more so for the people of Arkansas than the people of California. But has anything really been normal anywhere in the last year? 

LEADERS AND THE TRUTH

Governor Hutchinson said, “I applaud New Jersey and New York. They’ve had to really lock down.” Governor Hutchinson didn’t even have the courage to speak out in favor of his own values.

Why are leaders so afraid to speak the truth? Why are some of us … so ashamed of the truth?

WHAT IS THE TRUTH?

Lockdowns hurt people. Government mask mandates are wrong. The drug war does more harm than good. Gun control doesn’t save lives. Freedom is more precious than security. Every person on this planet is a unique individual, and should have the power to govern his or her own life in a peaceful manner.

Our philosophy of liberty is the truth.

“Libertarians believe that all people have the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit

of happiness.” That’s the first line in your party’s platform. And it’s the truth.

What happens when you refuse to tell the truth?

People are hurt, rights are violated, we wander off course and end up in exile, separated from our guiding principles.

We are so far from our roots right now and what this country was founded on. There are many in our ranks who are afraid to speak out about libertarian principles. They’re afraid it will alienate a population that already has a disregard and contempt for our rights. They’re afraid the people who hate us, who call us terrorists, who want us on house arrest, who want to subject us to mandatory medical procedures…. Might not like us if we speak the truth.

I think the people of Arkansas are ripe for the message of freedom and I think your party is the perfect vehicle for that message. And I think your time is NOW.

WHY DO WE HAVE TROUBLE TELLING THE TRUTH?

It takes courage to tell the truth.

It takes courage to go to a group of Republicans and tell them that the drug war is destroying lives, that it doesn’t represent family values. It takes courage to tell people that US foreign policy doesnt keep us safe. It takes courage to confront the people who disagree with you, and who lord their authority over you.

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF TELLING THE TRUTH IN THE CURRENT POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE?

Sometimes we get discouraged. We get exhausted spinning the hamster wheel for ballot access, trying to make headway with disinterested legislators from different political parties. 

Why bother preaching the truth to a group of people that have so utterly rejected it?

Isaiah’s Job

God told Isaiah to go out and tell the people what was wrong and what was going to happen to them unless they changed their ways.

And God told Isaiah, the people wont listen to you. They’ll ignore you and hate you and come after you.

Isaiah balked at this idea and asked God what was the point of preaching to people who’ll ridicule and attack you.

And God said, “Oh you don’t get it. There’s a remnant out there that you dont know. They’re obscure, and scattered and barely hanging on. And they need YOU to encourage them and gather them together and keep them going, because when all of society goes to hell and everything finally burns down, they’re the ones who will rebuild.

So go out there and find the remnant! And build them up!

Don’t give up on people.

THE CONSEQUENCE OF LIES

Our country elected a president and vice president who ran an entire campaign based upon lies. 

They lied about their border policies, they skipped right over the fact that they’re both architects of the drug war, they used and abused the Black Lives Matter movement, and they virtue signaled their way to the top, feeding a reactionary, frightened, and blind population whatever drivel, whatever bread and circuses they could make up. Corn Pop! Bob Marley, woke talking points from the political class…it was absurd.

It’s time for radical truth in this country. Libertarians need to be the truth bearers. We uphold the truth like a torch in the darkness.

How do you reconcile the truth with a culture of fear?

The truth will set you free.

Truth burns off all the lies and the fear. It strips you of the extraneous excuses you’ve made up that allow you to live a compartmentalized, inconsistent life. It’s like a refiner’s fire. It can be painful to feel your old worldview burn off and watch the ashes blow away in the wind.

But the truth will also build you up. It will strengthen you. It’s your armour, and your shield. Living a life that’s committed to the truth will help you become courageous. 

What a beautiful philosophy – value freedom and truth over slavery and lies. To uphold personal sovereignty and the sanctity of the individual. This is our truth. So gird yourself in your principles and let the truth set you free.

WHERE DOES TRUTH FIT INTO THE PARTY OF PRINCIPLE?

We need truth in our message. Telling the truth is a courageous act. You may think it’s unpopular but you might be shocked by the support you get for telling the truth.

I know you’re fighting for ballot access in Arkansas. I believe being the champions of truth will go a long way. The boldness and courage to speak out about the value of freedom will help you to form alliances and issue coalitions with other passionate people. People who want to end the drug war, people who want to decriminalize cannabis. 

I believe a strong message of freedom will grow your membership and your volunteer base.

I believe candidates who speak out boldly will help to grow your party and help to bring freedom to your beautiful state. Let the truth and beauty of our principles be your foundation.

HOW TO GET LEGISLATION PASSED

Let’s shift gears for a minute and talk about how to get legislation passed. How to take that message of truth and use it to set people free.

It feels like such an uphill battle, trying to inject yourself into the political process, but it CAN be done. In California we passed a bill limiting civil asset forfeiture. It only took a couple dozen people to call in to their representatives and encourage them to vote on the bill. Form relationships with your state reps. They might be more receptive than you think.

You can draft legislation, too, and pass it on to them. It sounds challenging, but most legislation is just copy/pasted from other bills with little edits. And plenty of good libertarian bills that are passed are just straight repeals – strikeouts of previous bills and chunks of text. 

I know you have a small infrastructure right now and you’re in the process of building up, but I think you can do this, and I think it will help to grow your political capital. There are members of the California LP that can help and there are members in the state of Maine that can help. We just need to network and help each other out.

The more headway you make, the more enthusiasm you’ll generate, and the more people will join you. Wake up that remnant! Draw them to your side and get them fighting for freedom alongside you. 

I believe Arkansas is poised to be one of the boldest vehicles for liberty in this country. If you speak the truth, if you continue to grow and organize, you’ll become a powerhouse for freedom. I want to help you achieve that. 

I wish you the very best as you build your organization and your movement. Reach out to me for anything you need – for help with drafting legislation, training on how to call your representatives, anything at all. May the spirit of liberty and the pursuit of truth guide you.

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.