Just FYI, the Libertarian Party picked it's nominee for the 2004 Presidential Race. Good for them. The winner, Badnarik, seems like a good guy - a little bookish, but I guess that makes him a pretty faithful representative of the party. If he can come off as not being a pretentious snob devoid of any social skills whatsoever, he's already doing better than some of the LPs membership.
See, as you can tell, I'm not a huge fan of the LP. Well, I'm a BIG fan of libertarianism, and I even support the LP mostly, but the people actually IN the LP can be so fucking annoying. I was on the State Central Committee for a state LP that went through a big political feud over trying to oust the Party Chairman, and it was just stupid posturing, backbiting, and slick maneuvering over, what, 1% of the electorate? Hardly a big enough piece of the pie to get bent out of shape over.
They call themselves the "Party of Principle", but I think they could stand to lighten up on the "principle" part. Being the party of principle doesn't mean shoving *your* principles and self-righteousness down everybody else's throat, Christ. The LP needs to get their fucking act together before they get anymore of my money.
I just read Paul Hawken's The Ecology of Commerce which is all about how businesses must become not just eco-friendly, but design their businesses for long term sustainability. Sounds pretty libertarian, I'll do a post on libertarian environmentalism in a bit.Read this article