Friday, December 24, 2021

Massachusetts Party Controversy

 
The Libertarian Association of Massachusetts (LAMA, the LPUS affiliate in Massachusetts) is facing the issue that a quarter of the members have filed for a special convention, to be held in the next month or two, to elect a new State Committee. Having written or edited a fair piece of the state association Constitution and Bylaws, it appears to me that the unhappy people have all their ducks in a row and can compel the convention to meet. The convention can indeed replace the State Committee.

The unhappy people are a mixture of Mises Caucus supporters, local candidates not supported by the State Association, and people who do not approve of the way that LAMA has conducted its affairs in recent years.

An exacerbating issue is that the State Committee passed a code of conduct and used it to expel an Association member. Apparently the expelled person used an impolite word to refer to a State Committee member.

A more serious exacerbating situation is that much of the loud opposition to the special convention, at least on Facebook, comes from a paid LNC Staff Member (who does live in the state) who is said to be acting with the blessings of the National Committee.

The long thread on the matter is at Massachusetts Libertarians on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/14620149922 Look for Peter Everett’s parable of the stolen truck.

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