Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Other functioning alternatives

When groups are small enough they do not need any formal structure. The Invisible Hand can clap. San Diego is perhaps the best example of how a small group of individuals can grow their local party while entirely ignoring the existence of State and National Party structures. Also while saving the taxpayers in San Diego billions of dollars (I am not exaggerating) and causing the media to be respectful, at least most of the time.

Under the size of a county there is probably no need for a formal Party organization. If activists take up specific goals or projects their structure should reflect these principles but will be dictated by their own good sense.

Larger organizations need structure to be able to deal with the ongoing need to pretend we are a political party on the same footing as Democrats and Republicans et al. We aren’t. Any Libertarian worth his or her salt wants to eliminate the State as we know it.

The effect of the Maryland Bylaw change was to focus attention on the most local level. As a result, efficacious political activity began. Other areas and groups have used other forms. What works to introduce the above values is good.

Where I find more examples of beneficial changes that enable activism I cite them. If I don’t know about yours, I hope you will tell me.

The second element is helping individuals and groups become more effective by adapting the Maryland Bylaws and by making successful models for action available through a web site.

Bylaws and practices that demonstrate the application of our principles can be encouraged in a variety of ways.

Since its change to a decentralist model it has move a long ways towards becoming an effective political organization that promotes functional models for the demonstration of how freedom works.

It is a good model, but it is only one of many.

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