The house of the Libertarian Party is 43 years old and it is in great shape. We have a firm foundation with our basic principles and our honored founders.
Today, August 30, 2015, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Dr. Marc Feldman, made the following statement:
“Our dedicated activists are the supporting beams that keep the structure from falling in on itself. Our generous donors provide the roof that protects us from the hostile environment.
The problem is, our house is too small. My goal is not to change the basic structure, but to knock down some exterior walls to add a couple wings and a large addition in the back, with a huge patio and gardens to make us welcoming to all who would join us.
I always found it strange to go to Libertarian meetings and see a group nearly completely composed of idealistic, intelligent white men. Why would a movement of freedom be composed of one of the least oppressed groups? This has always been a puzzle to me. I may have found an important clue.
I was reading about a controversy in the feminist movement. At the February 2015 Oscars Patricia Arquette appealled for gender and pay equity in her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress:
“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” she said. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Do you see the problem yet? It is not her tacit assertion of positive rights and the appeal to the use of government force . I am talking about people, not rights.
“To every woman who gave birth” what does this say to transgendered women or to lesbian couples who have adopted, or women who by choice or not by choice have not given birth? They are not included.
“to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation” what about people who do not make enough income to pay income tax? What about residents who are not yet citizens? They are not included.
“we have fought for everybody else’s rights” It is time to focus on taxpaying citizen biological mothers. This tent is getting increasingly small.
Her backstage comments did not help:
“it’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we all fought for to fight for us now.” It is an ideology of exclusion.
I see the ideology of the current Libertarian party, not as an intersectional Libertarian universalism, but a narrow white Libertarianism that does not see or does not recognize the equally important but different experience of the black struggle, the Latino struggle, the struggle for the majority of poor, who are not only oppressed, but devalued, disenfranchised, and discriminated against.
Dr. Marc Allan Feldman, Libertarian for President”