“A Significant Amount Of Libertarians Seem Downright Delusional On Politics” Says Zoltan Istvan

“Get A Grip On Reality, Libertarians – Win Some Elections” exclaims the title of California gubernatorial candidate for the Libertarian Party, Zoltan Istvan in his new Op-Ed for The Daily Caller.

Due to his belief in the Scientific Method, Istvan states that he believes that he is “realistic” when it comes to his race, a claim which he backs up by his admmitance that he will lose.

Some libertarians are angry that I publicly admit I won’t win. But this is the quintessential problem with the Libertarian Party—many members I’ve met are unrealistic. After a year of attending conferences, executive committee meetings, and party functions, I’ve come to realize a significant number of libertarians seem downright delusional when it comes to politics,” states the Transhumanist.

The LP’s devotion to principles holds the party back from evolving and the aspiring LP presidential candidate believes that, about LP members running for office, “many libertarians—especially the loudest ones—don’t have much education, managerial experience, or money. I suspect they don’t realize what it’s like to own a half-million dollar home with a mortgage, and then have one’s neighbor park an armed tank on the front lot, reducing the neighborhood’s entire value.

Istvan ends the article by explaining how he feels the party shouldn’t run anyone who declares themselves a libertarian and that LP Chairman Nicholas Sarwark’s goal of running 2000 libertarians in 2018 will only highlight unqualified candidates and make the party a laughing stock.

The Libertarian Party seems to think it matters that there is a libertarian candidate to check-off on in every election. They believe it’s good name recognition to be on every ballot—even the smallest political race across the country. Obviously, that’s correct to a degree, but far more important is to get a few dozen good candidates across the nation whose public personas stretch far outside the libertarian base, so as to actually help enlarge the party and is goals.”

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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  1. For the past few years, I have limited my Libertarian activism to the following: 1) I try to get as many Libertarians as possible to read ‘The Campaign Manager” by Catherine Shaw. 2) I also try to get them to read “Fundraising for Dummies.” and 3) I put my local chapter on a monthly calendar of events and election deadlines that stretches out at least two years. That’s all I do. Anything else is a waste of time as long as our membership keeps endlessly debating the square root of Murray Rothbard from a monthly meeting that doesn’t get a quorum.

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