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The life of the Party
The schism organism continued
part four of ???:
by Thomas L. Knapp

 

In part three of this series, I examined one sort of internal conflict which wracks the Libertarian Party -- the ethics conflict. This article is simultaneously part four of "The life of the Party" and part two of "The schism organism." In this installment, I propose to examine another type of internal conflict; first, however, I need to elaborate a bit on its definition.

In the last installment, I characterized the types of conflicts as:

  • Disagreement on the goals the party should have;

  • Disagreement on what priorities the Party should set in pursuing its goals;

  • Disagreement on the best methods of pursuing its goals; and

  • Disagreement on the ethics of one's antagonists in any of the three preceding types of conflicts.

... but on re-examination, it appears that I left out a very important one:

  • Disagreement on the positions the party should take.

At first blush, disagreement on positions might seem very similar to disagreement on goals. It isn't.

The LP's position may be that taxation as such is unacceptable. The LP's goal, however, might be to eliminate taxation incrementally (repeal the income tax; then repeal tariffs and excises; then repeal sales taxes; and so on); or it might be to eliminate them all in one fell swoop.

 

to be continued ...

Part One of The Life of the Party -- "An introduction"
Part Two of
The Life of the Party --
"The LP's multiple personality disorder"