Steven Nielson, State Chairman Libertarian Party of Washington
There is only one thing standing between you and the "full-potential" you; Fear. You may try to reason that it is something else, anything, but rest assured it is fear. The dark mistress whose sole purpose for being is to fill your life with missed opportunity and regret.
"I'm afraid I won't have enough time!"
"What if I can't afford it?"
"I don't think I know enough about the issues..."
Whatever your fearful conscience is whispering into your ear, don't listen. Hit that toxic little cricket with some bug spray and replace him with a courageous lion roaring "make it happen". Replace your fear based doubts with the courage to try...
Financial donations are an essential element of any successful political campaign. But despite significant tech advancements in the fundraising realm, few political candidates embrace new approaches for attracting a steady flow of contributions.
Enter bitcoin, the decentralized digital currency and payment network that continues to receive a great deal of media attention. Given its ease of efficiency in facilitating monetary transactions as well as its strong security and privacy properties, the bitcoin processing system is one that every political candidate should strongly consider as an alternative option for raising funds.
Let’s not kid ourselves. The chance of getting the Libertarian Party Presidential candidate elected is about one in a million. (So you’re saying telling me there's a chance!)
Yes, yes, there is a chance. Not only is there a chance, but I actually have a strategy to make this happen...
As a Libertarian candidate or activist there will be some people who won’t believe in our campaigns, they don’t believe we can win and in actuality, they don’t want us to win.
In my experience recruiting candidates to run for office, these people, even just one of them can destroy a Libertarian campaign before it even gets off the ground. They will say things like, there is no way a Libertarian will get elected in XX district. Or, you guys don’t have a chance, the Republicans/Democrats are too strong in this area. Or, you guys can’t raise the money you need to be competitive. Or, you don’t know anything about running a campaign/running for office/getting someone elected, do you really think that will work?...
“The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.”
Not many are fortunate enough to be born into a perfect life, with just the right amount of knowledge, or with the skills necessary to succeed. And even if we are, we are still bound by the limitations and paradigms that control our parents, our teachers, and our loved ones. We are shaped by our environment and to a greater or lesser extent, we were all born as sheep to a greater or lesser degree.
You may argue that you are not controlled by paradigms or the habits of others. But consider small things such as what you like to eat for breakfast. How you take your coffee, or what type of car you drive. Where did you get these habits from? Did you decide what you like in your coffee or did you follow an example from your parents, your friends or even a teacher. The fact that most of us wear clothing on a daily basis proves that we all conform to societal conventions. Even anarchists wear pants...
An amazing thing is happening in Colorado and Washington States as well as in other states around the country (for a full list of Libertarian campaigns go here). Libertarians who have no political organizing or campaign experience whatsoever are stepping up to run for office and taking on leadership roles of all sizes. As of today (2/6/16) there are 29 Libertarian candidates in WA and 11 candidates in CO preparing to run for office, and these numbers will continue to grow through the efforts of passionate Libertarian activists...
We have just produced a new video for the LPWA and LPCO featuring the voice of 1988 Libertarian Presidential candidate Ron Paul.
The non-aggression principle (also called the non-aggression axiom, or the anti-coercion or zero aggression principle or non-initiation of force) is an ethical stance which asserts that "aggression" is inherently illegitimate. "Aggression" is defined as the "initiation" of physical force against persons or property, the threat of such, or fraud upon persons or their property. In contrast to pacifism, the non-aggression principle does not preclude violent self-defense. The principle is a deontological (or rule-based) ethical stance. The non-aggression principle is the foundation of the Libertarian Party.
The Libertarian Party is not just a political organization. We are a group of dedicated, inspired, and highly motivated Libertarian candidates and activists determined to reduce the size and scope of intrusive government and private organizations seeking to use government power against their competition and the people. If this is something you are interested in, please join with us- http://lpwa.org/
Video produced by http://www.LibertarianLeadership.org
C. Michael Pickens
C. Michael Pickens is the CMO and Co-Founder of CannaSales, Inc., former Northern Vice-Chairman of the LPCA and Chairman of the LPWA, and author of the book, "Libertarian Leadership."