[AustinLiberator] Happy 40th Birthday, Libertarian Party

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1. Happy 40th Birthday, Libertarian Party

The following is an excerpt from the New York Times' obituary for David Nolan published on November 22, 2010:

"Though it is often said the Libertarian Party was born in Mr. Nolan's living room in Westminster, Colo., on Dec. 11, 1971, in fact it began on that date at the home of another incipient Libertarian in Colorado Springs. But the emotional surge that led eight people that day to proclaim a new national political party had begun in Mr. Nolan's living room months earlier.

"On Aug. 15, 1971, Mr. Nolan and four associates were meeting in his home when President Nixon appeared on television to announce wage and price controls, a step the libertarians considered unconstitutional in peacetime. They also strongly criticized Nixon's announcement in the same speech that he was taking the United States off the gold standard.

"They carried their anger, plus their belief that the Vietnam War was both ill-considered and illegal, to the meeting in nearby Colorado Springs where the Libertarian Party was formed..."


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