The good news is that the Libertarian Party was registered by the IEC as an official South African political party during April 2014, and our certificate is available on the website for inspection. The bad news is that we were unable to raise the R200,000 to contest the national election in May. Even if some kind sponsor had stepped forward with the funds, we would almost certainly have declined to make this iniquitous donation to repairs at Nkandla at this time, as the party is simply not ready to sensibly contest a national election.
Of course this is disappointing, and it has resulted in a bit of a hiatus in the affairs of the party. However, our mission remains the same even if our target dates have been moved down the road a bit. We will now consolidate and build upon the solid structure we have created. We will undertake a range of new projects (see below). We will continue to be the voice of libertarianism, and of reason, within South Africa.
We have adopted an organisational structure unique amongst parties in South Africa. This is the “swarmwise approach”, as described in our LiPSA Operating Culture document. This approach, based on mutual trust, allows LiPSA activists great freedom to help accomplish the goals of the organisation, without tedious bureaucracy. If you are keen to be a libertarian activist, please read through the document, and then go for it! Just keep us informed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members who indicate that they would like to be actively involved in the development of the party are added to our swarm mailing list. They are included in most strategy discussions, and are encouraged to share their opinions with the rest of exco and the swarm. If you are keen to be added to the swarm, just send an email to Trevor at email@example.com.
After getting the party registered, our next objective is to develop and launch a decent party manifesto. Initially the executive committee spent a lot of time debating what items should appear in the manifesto, leading to a state of paralysis by analysis. We have now taken a more relaxed view of what may appear in the manifesto – any proposal from any member which is consistent with our principles, which is reasonable and feasible, and which adheres to our standard proposal template will be considered for inclusion in the manifesto. You can obtain a copy of the proposal template here, view other pending proposals here, and save your completed proposal here. The outstanding proposals get reviewed once a week by exco and the successful proposals are added to the manifesto on the website. Please consider submitting your favorite proposal for fixing the woes that beset South Africa.
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We are planning a couple of projects in the near future. Your opinion and support for these projects would be much appreciated.
1. Manifesto launch. The manifesto launch is planned for Monday 28th April (Freedom Day public holiday) at 3pm, as a Google Hangout on air. This means that anyone with access to a computer can participate in the launch. We are planning to ask a well known international libertarian such as Ron Paul to join us in the Google Hangout along with fellow South African libertarians. All are welcome to attend. To view this hangout at 3pm on Monday 28th April, simply go here.
2. Libertarian Spring Seminar. LiPSA is planning to organise the 2014 Libertarian Spring Seminar and LiPSA party congress on the weekend of 12th to 14th September at a down-market (and therefore cheap) resort in the Cape Town area. This event is the highlight of the libertarian year, and a wonderful opportunity for us all to gather in the flesh. Mark the dates in your diary now!
3. Bumper sticker. The following bumper sticker can be ordered from Trevor Watkins for R10 each, including postage.
4. LiPSA T shirts. Every self respecting SA political party has to have T shirts. We are still open to designs and slogans, so if you are a budding graphic designer, let us know. Here is our current design. They would sell for around R100 each. Please order one if you are interested.
5. V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes masks. These masks have become symbolic of the liberty movement overseas. They can be ordered over the internet. We are thinking of getting a stock and selling them at a small markup, probably for around R50 each. Very useful at public protest gatherings. Let us know if you would like one.
6. LiPSA Caps. This election seems to be all about headgear, so we are thinking of designing and marketing our very own brand of LiPSA caps, probably gold with our logo on the front. Let us know if you would be interested in 1, at around R100 each.
7. LiPSA wikipedia article. We are planning to produce a wikipedia article about South African libertarianism and LiPSA. If you have skills in this area, please let us know.
How can you help? Let me count the ways:
1. Visit and like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/libpartysa . Post a few thoughts while there.
2. Visit and +1 our Google+ page at https://google.com/+Libpartysa . Consider "following" the page.
3. Visit and follow our Twitter stream at https://twitter.com/libpartysa.
4. Visit our blog at http://libparty.blogspot.com/, add a few comments of your own to some of the articles.
5. Visit our website at www.libpartysa.com. You can register for membership online for just R10, view many useful links, and do much else. Invite friends to do the same.
6. Offer to become an activist and join the swarm. It may mean a few extra emails in your inbox. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you join LiPSA you are making a statement. You are saying that you do not acquiesce in the face of the rampant stupidity and corruption that is destroying our country. You are saying that you are an individual and your voice WILL be heard. You are saying that your name can be counted amongst those who resisted, who said “No! Enough is enough.”. At least you are doing something.
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