The 2018 Libertarian national convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana, on June 30th through July 3rd, 2018.
The convention theme selected will be “I’m That Libertarian,” a rallying cry by the late Dr. Marc Allan Feldman for unification.
I have a gut feeling the 2018 convention will be the next battle in the radicals v. moderate war. Some moderates feel their backs against the wall, while others felt a taste of “success” in the 2016 election and want more.
Facts that encourage the moderates: the moderates celebrate their 3% and 0 electoral votes with Gary Johnson (despite a ticket with a couple two-term governors, trended on social media twice, polled in double digits, had less gaffes than the two-major party candidates (both were historically-unpopular), and had much more media coverage than any other LP ticket) and they’re openly trying to repeat this by having an encore, or recruiting the Republican likes of governors Mark Sanford and Mitch Daniels, senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee, and congressmen Justin Amash and Thomas Massie.
Facts that scare moderates to death: the LNC has a very-public vice chair and representative who are anarchist (and is seen as the historian of the party, even being tasked with a chair position about history and the LPedia site) and a chair who openly accepts anarchists; and the fact the loudest anarchists of the party (from Caryn Ann Harlos to Will Coley) are calling for an end to the talks of purging either side, while moderates are fueling the fires of a purge hotter (and they have their own newfound “Pragmatist Caucus” as an engine).
Radicals have to be at least prepared for a fight in 2018 (moderates never want these fights during presidential nominations), and ready for a fight at the most. I don’t think new proposals will do it, I think strongly, more than ever, supporting what we got will.
I mean, the LPNH is lead by anarchists and have shown to be more successful than other state affiliates. I think the radicals can undo the bullcrap that happened in 2006.
Am I off the mark here? If not, what can radical libertarians do to curb (as opposed to purge) the moderates in 2018?