The Critical 'I'

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Thursday, October 03, 2002

RUNNING TO STAND STILL
life, liberty, and i don't wanna pay taxes
It's getting closer to election time, and covering just Democrats and Republicans can get downright dull. Enter the Libertarians. While Florida has a healthy slate of LP candidates running this season, it appears many of them aren't doing much to make it known.

Now, I fully understand the value of running as a "trademark candidate", to borrow the phrase from the Times article. A third party needs to establish itself, get visibility, etc. And even the Big Two parties run sacrificial lambs all the time in local, state, and federal contests where the the outcome is obvious. Still, I couldn't read this piece without thinking that this un-campaigning approach to running for office almost perfectly encapsulates the general Libertarian philosophy--do as little as possible, from the very start! Yes, I know that's an unfair representation. Sue me.

All in all, these Florida pseudo-candidates just don't have the panache of Libertarian bad boy the Spittin' Politician.