The editor of the Roswell Daily Record, himself, photographed this evidence of a libertarian party while bicycling east of town. One should not be surprised that a libertarian party exists here given the ultra conservative nature of this southeastern New Mexico community.
Tim Howsare’s efforts brings back fond memories of a political science class I took where a libertarian was defined as one who believes in a minimal state which also has a definition that entails two and ONLY two government functions to wit, enforcing contracts and protecting against foreign invasions.
Most of us probably do not remember the names of libertarian candidates who have run at the National level. A guy named John Hospers received one electoral vote back in 1972 running as libertarian. Hospers taught philosophy at Brooklyn College and had an on/off relationship(academic I presume) with the famous capitalist Ayn Rand. The only damage a libertarian candidate can probably do is to force one of the parties, likely the Republican party, to incorporate some libertarian ideals in the GOP candidate’s platform.
Many citizens of Roswell and much of the nation rely heavily on EBT cards, entitlements, and other government handouts which is likely why a libertarian has no chance to get out of the starting gate.(feeding lazy people is NOT in the libertarian playbook)
Much thanks to our peripatetic editor who earlier produced excellent report of his guided tour through Carlsbad Caverns. He spoke of microbes whose excrement has a plastic character to it. Tim pondered the potential of commercially exploiting this to yield inexpensive green plastic. Sounds plausible, but I am guessing other entrepreneurial spirits have contemplated same thing and ran into impediments.