Top reasons to change the name of the
Libertarian Party to
To avoid throwing good money after bad money, something has to change.
Broaden the pro-freedom coalition to include non-libertarian pro-freedom
activists and voters.
Attract more apolitical and non-philosophical voters.
Attract more environmentally conscious activists and voters.
Freedom is not an "L" word.
End confusion about the meaning of "libertarian".
Freedom has no "-cratic", "-ist", "-ite" or "-arian" in its spelling.
End confusion about Lyndon LaRouche's (non-)participation in the party.
Attract more Randian objectivists who may have some objections to the libertarian
Attract more conservative activists and voters who may have some objections
to the libertarian philosophy.
When one strategy fails, try another strategy.
The party needs to attract more credible, recognizable and well financed
Libertarianism is not the only principled philosophy of freedom.
An overwhelming percentage of voters are unwilling to vote for Libertarian
Top reasons to NOT change the name of
Libertarian Party to
Libertarian Party has invested over thirty years in its name.
All new literature would have to be printed.
The name change would have to be implemented by each state party.
Libertarian Party would lose its ability to prevent new competitors from
using the Libertarian Party name.
Libertarian Party activists are more interested converting people to the
libertarian philosophy than winning elections.
Libertarian Party activists are unwilling to sacrifice principle in order
to win elections.
Libertarian Party is gaining membership.
Libertarain Party is electing more candidates.
There is no good name for a freedom proponent.
The Libertarian Party name discourages non-libertarians from taking over
The Freedom Party name is currently being used by populists in Europe and
The word "freedom" is more ambiguous than the words "libertarian" or "liberty".
The Freedom Party name will attract more activists who will use freedom rhetoric
to advocate ideas that are not legitimate freedoms.