Which Libertarian Are You?

Originally posted at BrettBittner.com and UnitedLiberty.org. Republished with permission.

As the libertarian philosophy gains popularity in response to the repeated failures of government, we need to define which type of libertarians we want to be. Our numbers are growing, and as we reach critical mass, we need to start to specialize our political activities. In my mind, there are three kinds of libertarians in politics: the candidates, the party or cause leadership, and the activists.

You should recognize this specialization as the division of labor. Previously, libertarians had to “wear many hats,” because of how few our numbers were. Today, that is not the case.

Have you ever waved signs at a rally or a busy intersection for your favorite candidate or “pet” issue? Have you ever made statements to the press, defining an organization’s position on an issue? Have you ever run for office?

Chances are, most libertarians can answer “yes” to the first two questions, with a slightly smaller number answering affirmatively about the third one. I am among those who can say yes to all three.

Those days are, hopefully, coming to an end.

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Augusta Affiliate Proud of Outreach

Not to be outdone by our Athens affiliate, the Central Savannah River Area (Augusta) Libertarians reached out to the area’s GLBT community as a part of Augusta PRIDE. The second year of outreach at the second annual PRIDE event produced the affiliate’s first entry in the PRIDE parade, as well a booth on Augusta Common celebrating equality for all Augustans.

An estimated 6500-7000 attendees make Augusta’s PRIDE parade and festival the second largest in the state in only its second year. With nearly 30 entries in this year’s parade, the CSRA Libertarians were the ONLY political party represented in what many called a “warm up” to upcoming festivals in Savannah and Athens in September and the second largest PRIDE celebration in the United States in Atlanta this October.

In addition to the local area volunteers, state party Chairman Daniel N. Adams, Executive Director Brett Bittner, Region 3 Representatives Brad Ploeger and Joey Kidd, and Region 5 Representative Crystal Gross also traveled to Augusta to take part in the outreach activities. Chairman Adams and CSRA-LP Chairwoman Amanda Bryant rode in the parade in a vehicle driven by 2010 candidate for Richmond County School Board candidate Taylor Bryant. They were joined on foot by Representatives Ploeger and Kidd to pass out information about the local affiliate, as well as the state Party.

Kudos to a job well done, CSRA-LP!

Athens LP Rocks AthFest 2011

Another AthFest is in the history books, and what a festival it was!

The Athens Area Libertarian Party manned an Operation Politically Homeless booth for most of the hot, humid day, starting at 10 AM, lasting until dark.

"World's Smallest Political Quiz" at AthFest

"World's Smallest Political Quiz" at AthFest

About 300 people throughout the day interacted with the volunteers in the outreach booth. More people had questions about the Libertarian Party and showed interest in real Liberty than Chairman Doug Harman can remember at any event that we have worked in the last few years.

Just over 100 people participated in “The World’s Smallest Political Quiz”, posting their results on the Nolan Chart, shown at the top of this article. Two of the participants were local Athens political hopefuls, Charlie Maddox, former candidate for Mayor of Athens (scored 80/80, dead center Libertarian quadrant), and current candidate for the open House 113 seat, runoff election, Dan Mathews (100/60, Libertarian, leaning more towards social liberty than fiscal)