That having been said, I've always wondered why the Libertarian Party chose a hierarchical approach that far more resembled the Federal structure of a powerful State embodied in the Constitution than the loose alliance generated by the Articles.
John P. Slevin, in a comment at Independent Political Report, captures this contradiction rather nicely:
You have the right idea, wrong solution.
Certainly support local candidates. Bust your butt doing so. That’s where it IS at.
ALL govt money IS spent locally, THERE ARE 2 reasons the LP is stuck on the presidential elections process.]
First, they are idiots.
2nd, it makes them money (and the “them” are the people who receive the money deposited into those accounts).
Those are the ONLY 2 reasons the LP has stuck with the top down model.
Deny them this. Simply don’t support it.
Either you understand that the purpose NEVER has been to support a strong or stronger LP or you do not.
It’s NOT about party building. It IS about negating the powers which control us.
You do that locally. You do it thru city councils and everything below and above LOCALLY.
Aside from candidacies at the local level, and for my money MUCH MORE important are citizen movements. Things like local referenda are FAR, FAR more effective.
The voters ALREADY are on our side (have been since the inception of the LP).
It long is past the time for the LP to think “outside the box”.
What has to happen is for the idiots who are the national LP to understand that they are not the show.
Equally important is for principled LP members NEVER to support those who will wield power.
EVERY LP member “of note” who strives for reform always seeks simply to replace the idiots at National instead of simply acknowledging the very obvious truth.
The LP cannot succeed at dismantling the state as long as it structures itself in accordance with State rules.
Defy your local central committee. Tell your State Party you will NOT give them a dime. Don’t give a dime to anything in which you have no say.
Now, dangerously, that is a libertarian solution, and it NEVER has gained creedence among Libertarian “top dogs” but it is so obvious that anyone, anyone ought to recognize and act upon the central truth of that.
And, finally, always remember, you have not lost as long as the locals are on YOUR side.
ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL.
The majority of Americans are naturally libertarian in many aspects of their lives.
It has taken a lot of work, and a lot of talent, for us to fail to reach them with the present organization.
Think outside the box? Shit, folks, it's time to get outside the box.