LP Monday Message: David Nolan remembered

November 29, 2010

Dear Friend of Liberty,

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Even with the elections recently over, we’ve had a busy couple of weeks.

Our Libertarian National Committee had a productive meeting in New Orleans on November 20-21. It was a shock to us to learn shortly after the meeting that Libertarian Party co-founder David Nolan had passed away that weekend.

Lots of people have expressed condolences, and many news outlets wrote respectful pieces about his work creating and leading the party. Some of those articles are here.

I don’t have a lot more detail to provide you about specific funeral arrangements, but we have posted a statement from our Chair, Mark Hinkle.

In the meantime, we will continue fighting for the cause of Liberty, as we expect David Nolan would want us to.

Many organizations including the Libertarian Party have come out strongly against the TSA and their "strip or grope" policy for airline passengers. Here’s a press release we sent. Some of the biggest newsmakers on this issue are current or former Libertarian Party members. Here’s one example.

You may have seen news about the recent releases from WikiLeaks. Whether or not you approve of their methods, I think you might agree with me that much of the information they are releasing is not surprising. Libertarians have a long history of distrusting the motives and public statements of politicians and government officials with their hidden agendas. Nevertheless, I won’t be surprised if the federal government uses these leaks as an excuse to seek more power to shut down websites.

As we’ve said for years, and hopefully won’t have to keep saying for many more years, it’s time to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and adopt a non-interventionist foreign policy.


Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

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