A recent Reason Magazine piece is a great illustration of a major factor in LP stagnation
Reason published a critique of the major parties recently, and inadvertently hit on something scientific, and part of the research cited in projects I am working on.
Hate of the other guy, not good policy…that’s what motivates voters. That is why “fiscally Conservative socially liberal” did not offer something for everyone, it made everyone hate us.
There is decades of peer reviewed research into the minds of voters that charts a clear path to win for the Libertarian Party.
- We can only court one party at a time if we want to break the duopoly.
- We should focus 100% on pointing out the GOP is now anti-gun and lukewarm on big government, and cast ourselves as the real deal in the fight against the left. We take the low hanging fruit in the curremt climate.
- We keep criticism of Trump to ourselves and court the largest populist movement of the century, so that when Trump term limits, we give MAGA a long term home. MAGA is Murray Rothbard’s dream come true and he wrote the script for it in 1993.
- Then we would have the electoral stroke to offer real protection to non-Marxist elements of the Democrat coalition, like rich gays and Conservative blacks. We poach them and at that point, we will become the dominant party.
Reason didn’t mean to, but they brought up one of the biggest reasons the LP stagnates. If you are not trying to WIN, you are not the “Party of Principle”, you are a co-conspirator with tyrants.