LP internal voting structures (was: Gay Marriage)

Steve,

  We can't change how LP members vote at the national level without
changing the national bylaws. I might be in favor of such a change, but
I'd want to see a detailed workable plan (i.e. specific changes
proposed to the existing bylaws). Obviously an extensive campaign to
get other people behind this at the national level would also be
required.

  As far as local voting, here are my thoughts. There are two basic ways
to contribute to the party: Time and money. As long as someone is
either engaged as an activist, or supporting activism (i.e. donating to
the local party above and beyond paying dues which are split with state
and national and basically pay for their newsletters), I think we
should try to enable that individual to vote on local party business if
he or she has any interest in doing so.

  If you're aware of anyone in this category who feels unable to make it
to Round Table Pizza one Saturday a month, then I agree it's worth
investing our time and energy to figure out a way so that they can
participate in our decision-making. We might also publish an inquiry in
our newsletter to find out whether any active or supporting members are
interested in voting on party business but are unable to come to the
monthly meetings.

Yours in liberty,
            <<< Starchild >>>

I'd even like to expand voting, so that
more things are decided directly by voter referendum, and fewer
decisions made by those in power.

Me too. One place we might start is within LP itself. Allowing the
local members to vote by physical mail or the web on local issues
(instead of those with Saturdays to burn like us :-)) as well as
allowing members to vote on national issues (instead of just the ones
who can afford the time and expense of a trip to Atlanta - which tends
to select for extremists...) would make for better decisions as well as
increased membership and participation.

Cheers,
-- Steve

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P.S. - Steve, I expect you'll propose that we should automatically have
local members vote on party business whether they are activists or
donors or not. Please consider that working out and administering a
local voting system by mail or web will take additional labor by the
local activists, reducing the amount of time and resources available
for activism. I'm operating on the assumption that the top priority for
most of our members is real-world change, not perfecting internal
structure. If we dedicate too many of our resources towards internal
structures when the members want us to be using our resources to
promote liberty, then we would be acting undemocratically.

On the other hand, if most of the members who don't go to meetings
*want* to be able to vote on party business, and feel that
accommodating this desire *is* an important use of our resources, then
I would agree we should make it so. However I haven't seen evidence
that this is true. As Chris has said, most of the members seem mostly
to want to be left alone.

            <<< Starchild >>>

Steve,

  We can't change how LP members vote at the national level without
changing the national bylaws. I might be in favor of such a change, but
I'd want to see a detailed workable plan (i.e. specific changes
proposed to the existing bylaws). Obviously an extensive campaign to
get other people behind this at the national level would also be
required.

  As far as local voting, here are my thoughts. There are two basic ways
to contribute to the party: Time and money. As long as someone is
either engaged as an activist, or supporting activism (i.e. donating to
the local party above and beyond paying dues which are split with state
and national and basically pay for their newsletters), I think we
should try to enable that individual to vote on local party business if
he or she has any interest in doing so.

  If you're aware of anyone in this category who feels unable to make it
to Round Table Pizza one Saturday a month, then I agree it's worth
investing our time and energy to figure out a way so that they can
participate in our decision-making. We might also publish an inquiry in
our newsletter to find out whether any active or supporting members are
interested in voting on party business but are unable to come to the
monthly meetings.

Yours in liberty,
            <<< Starchild >>>

I'd even like to expand voting, so that
more things are decided directly by voter referendum, and fewer
decisions made by those in power.

Me too. One place we might start is within LP itself. Allowing the
local members to vote by physical mail or the web on local issues
(instead of those with Saturdays to burn like us :-)) as well as
allowing members to vote on national issues (instead of just the ones
who can afford the time and expense of a trip to Atlanta - which tends
to select for extremists...) would make for better decisions as well
as
increased membership and participation.

Cheers,
-- Steve

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