Further Reflections on Why the Libertarian Party Failed

Why The Libertarian Party Failed,
by Charles Burris


Please read the above LRC link. They are my initial thoughts, ruminations, and ideas on why I left active participation and support of the Libertarian Party for 47 years, examining both “objective” and “subjective” factors for its failure. I was a dedicated Libertarian from 1973 to 2020 and served in numerous offices and capacities during that period, including chairman of the Oklahoma state Party organization.

I first became a libertarian in November 1970 before the Libertarian Party was formed. In the 47 years since becoming a Libertarian Party activist, I have never been more disgusted or painfully embarrassed since former GOP governors Gary Johnson and William Weld were chosen as its purported 2016 nominees.

In 2007 I registered as a Republican so I could vote for Ron Paul in the primaries in 2008 and 2012.

(One important little-discussed effect the Ron Paul Revolution evoked is that it awakened in persons the desire to study their history, particularly that of the American Revolution and the Founders, the Constitution, monetary policy and the Federal Reserve, and American foreign policy.

Dr. Paul, by his profound clarity in speaking truth to power, provoked people of the Ron Paul Revolution to seek their roots as Americans, searching for an understanding of how we got into so many disastrous crises, and exploring the viable solutions to these problems.)

In all these years I have seen the movement explode with dynamic growth and enthusiasm. Through this heady period I have encountered most of the major Libertarian luminaries and have spent tens of thousands of hours in meetings, door-to-door canvasing of voters, ballot petitioning drives, manning state fair booths, strategic planning retreats, April 15th tax protests, anti-compulsory education rallies, supper clubs and study groups, giving media interviews, etc., as well as helping to organize dozens of political campaigns, from local level races to the presidency. I have written hundreds of flyers, pamphlets, brochures, news releases, news letters, fund-raising appeals, letters to the editor, and newspaper Op-Ed articles. Because of the long-standing trust my fellow LP members had in my dedication to the Party, I was nominated as a Presidential Elector in 1984, 1996, and 2000.

Through it all I have remained what I was in the beginning: a Rothbardian. And so I shall remain until I die.

In the past I was involved in numerous legal actions concerning ballot status recognition and the ability to be registered as a Libertarian even if the party did not have full recognition, some law- suits going all the way to the US Supreme Court. But I will now change my registration status back to that of an Independent. I am through with the LP from now on.

The clueless antics and boorish behavior at the recent 2024 Libertarian Party National Convention in DC further confirm my deeply held observations. With Chase Oliver the LP has chosen a presidential standard-bearer who will prove the weakest, most divisive, and alienating candidate in its long history.

In 2024 I shall cast my presidential ballot for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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10:15 am on May 28, 2024