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Friday, November 26, 2010

Libertarian Party founder dead at 66

David Nolan, 66, co-founder of the Libertarian Party is dead at 66. Cause of death is unclear. Read about him here.


Bob Newland said...

27-year-old David Nolan was instrumental in forming a political party that has had profound effects on US policy.

Both pre-eminent political parties have added Libertarian rhetoric to their messages. Bill Clinton once famously said, "I'm a libertarian."

A Libertarian (in name only) prevented John Thune from defeating Tim Johnson in 2002. That Libertarian, Kurt Evans, had withdrawn from the race hoping Thune would win, but too late to keep his name off the ballot. He got 3500 votes. The margin that kept Johnson in office was 500 votes. It's almost certain that the vast majority of Evans' votes would have gone to Thune.

Of course, 99.9% of libertarian rhetoric from Republicans and Democrats is custard.

taco said...

I'm proud to be a libertarian in the tradition of Ron Paul.

DDC said...

"Of course, 99.9% of libertarian rhetoric from Republicans and Democrats is custard."

I was going to tell you that you're giving custard a bad name by saying this, but it actually seems pretty fitting. I have a milk allergy. If I eat custard I get terrible indigestion & heartburn. My sinuses act up and I can't breath through my nose. Then a few hours later I get terrible diarrhea.

Seems pretty fitting after all.

Thank you, David Nolan, for helping shape our country's future. The Libertarian Party has had an effect on our nation's politics and gives many of us an alternative to the doldts with R's and D's next to their names.

I just wish the D's and R's hadn't already built up such a powerful wall to keep alternative party's from having a real say in our political system.