"Please let me in."
"First, sign this oath!?"
Libertarians for an Open Party
We advocate open growth for the Libertarian Party. We have faith that
each person will best decide for themselves whether or not they belong in
- The Party should be Open-- without official dogma.
- Come one, Come all-- the More, the Merrier.
- BYOP-- Bring Your Own Principles. It's fine to agree for different
We are the political wing of the Libertarian Party, and we are
frustrated by the results. We fear the party may soon be marginalized forever--
and not even notice. We fear the party is only for inspiration-- expecting
that other parties will eventually get the job done.
On this page, we have three questions for all Libertarians.
- Why has the Libertarian Party failed while the ideas have gained?
- Why does America need a new party?
- Who should be a Libertarian?
Libertarians for an Open Party was founded in 1999. For more information,
please contact: Lloyd Sloan (firstname.lastname@example.org),
932 Edgerton Court Ballwin, MO 63011
What is an Open Party?
An Open Party is issue-based, and not dogmatic. It is political,
and not utopian.
An Open Party is defined by a short prioritized list of significant
and unique issues. The list includes only issues which require a
new party. Abortion, for example, would not make the list-- not because
it is insignificant, but because the established parties already contain
both opposing positions, and thus a new party is not needed.
After 30 years, we demand an answer-- where is the defining short
list of the Libertarian Party?
Both established parties are opposed to the Libertarian direction on
all these issues, and without any reasonable hope of reforming. We conclude
that any of these major issues would require a new party.
- 1. Fix the "broken" constitution. Restore it and Amend it
(with needed improvements).
- 2. End social security.
- 3. End the personal income tax.
- 4. End the welfare state, including and especially corporate welfare.
- 5. End the drug war. No victim, no crime.
- 6. Defend America only. Do not police the world.
- 7. End government schools.
- 8. End the Federal Reserve system.
An Open Party is trustworthy, and consistent inside and out.
The party should define itself the same for those both inside and outside.
The party should not tell people outside "this is a Libertarian"
and then change the definition for those joining the party!
Therefore, the party is consistently defined only by what it tells
voters. Any other definition is untrustworthy and corrupting, because
it ultimately lies to voters about who the party really is.
- The Open Party has a simple message to everyone--
- "If you agree with us on issues, then vote for us. And if you
vote Libertarian, then you are Libertarian. Welcome! You are one of us.
There is no other test, no purifying dogma, no hidden costs. We are what
we are, as openly expressed to the world."
So what prevents an Open Party? Fundamentally, an Open Party does
not require all members to sign an (anarchist) Oath. It does not establish
a party doctrine and it does not require all members to support the platform
for only the approved reasons.
Three Questions for all Libertarians
In a practical sense, these questions define us, because our answers
require an Open Party and a broader political vision for the party.
- 1. Why has the Libertarian party failed while the ideas have gained?
- Because the party is dogmatic, not open. It has a widely acknowledged
and long-standing "purity" problem. It contains the intersection
of only those who believe the same doctrine, rather than the union of all
those who pursue the same goals for different reasons. It becomes marginalized
and unable to compromise, politically inept and ineffective, trapped within
endless arguments over philosophy and doctrine, like the Communist party
of the 20's and 30's rather than their counterparts in the open, issue-driven
Socialist party. The party requires a "no-tax" oath-- and then
wonders why it fails!?
- 2. Why does America need a new party?
- Because the established parties have failed and can't be trusted. They
have betrayed the constitution and the founding principles of America.
A new party is never justified in itself, but only after the established
parties are proven unworkable. America needs a new party because the old
parties are corrupted, rigid and wrong-- and not because the new
one will be "pure".
- (And because institutions matter. The Whigs could not end slavery.
Republicans can not end socialism.)
- 3. Who should be a Libertarian?
- or to ask the question another way, Who should vote Libertarian?
1. whoever believes this government is far too big, in many ways
2. and whoever believes the existing parties will never shrink this government
- We Libertarians for an Open Party have a simple message for the LP,
"If people vote for us, they're one of us."