Queens Libertarians

Libertarian News, Views, Discussion and Advocacy from Queens County, New York


Is the National LP Chair a US Spy?

Can one really hold to a libertarian philosophy if they have Stratfor ties? You be the judge, of research released about the 2016-8 chair of the National LP. Below is the result of documents leaked by Wikileaks and reported by the Free Thought Project:

In late 2011, hackers managed to crack into the databases of the global intelligence firm Stratfor and found a large volume of information that connected the firm with military contractors, government agencies, and confidential informants.

In the first months of 2012, these documents were made public by Wikileaks and included millions of emails, which showed Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, and other vital information about their covert operations.

Stratfor has picked up the nickname “Shadow CIA” and had relationships with Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Goldman Sachs and various government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines, and the US Defense Intelligence Agency.

The leaked data has been published on Wikileaks website for years and is known as the Global Intelligence Files. Due to the large volume of data involved in the leak, years later researchers are still pouring through the files in search of clues that give a glimpse into secret government operations, or possible names of informants.

This week, The Free Thought Project received a tip from one of our readers that Nicholas J. Sarwark, the current Chairman of the Libertarian party, was named in the Global Intelligence Files. Sure enough, a quick search of the Wikileaks website shows a number of listings for Sarwark’s name. One listing had an address that is tied to one of his businesses.

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Growth Hacking Liberty, and New Meeting Time

Note: The Queens meeting time has changed to 11:30, beginning with the March 10 meeting, which features a talk on the implications of growth hacking concepts on Libertarian Party progress and beliefs. Full announcement:

Please join us on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to hear John Clifton speak on the topic of “Libertarian Growth Hacking in the Post-Paul, DeBlasio and Trump Era.” The event will take place at Takara Sushi located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York.

With the major political events of the past decade, the game has changed as far as how to best develop the Libertarian Party and movement. This involves drawing from the concept of “growth hacking,” or rapid experimentation to determine the most efficient route to success. Can such ideas or projects be adapted to benefit pro-liberty campaigns and organizations going forward?

Clifton discusses how the Ron Paul movement, Tea Party, the populist trend that elected Trump, and even the rise of Mayor DeBlasio have each served as a “proof of concept,” or as completed test cases for how to build the LP and get more Libertarians elected. Applying these trends using a growth hacking mindset, specific new, but proven techniques will be overviewed, such as reverse triangulation, the BOSS approach, self-reimbursing campaign financing, creative branding, and leveraging local resources, etc., to advance pro-liberty candidates and causes.

The event will take place at Takara Sushi located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York. Mr. Clifton will speak for 45 minutes followed by 45 minutes of interactive conversation. Many educated and experienced people are being invited to participate in the discussion.

While we will pass the hat, there is no mandatory donation. However, all attendees must purchase $10.00 in food and drink over the two hour period. There is street parking and a reasonably priced parking lot across the street. You can travel there by taking the Q15A bus out of Main Street, Flushing (7 Subway Line) at the Southwest Corner of Prince Street at Roosevelt Avenue (which will let you off on the corner of 150th Street & 14th Avenue) or by taking the Q76 bus from either the 165th Street Bus Terminal or from the subway station at Jamaica Avenue & 179th Street (you should get off at the corner of Cross Island Parkway & 150th Street & walk to 14th Avenue).

Rumor Killer on “Ron Paul Banned By the LP”

What is a libertarian, if Ron Paul, former LP Presidential candidate and two time GOP contender for President isn’t considered good enough? That’s the reaction many party members had in response to the widely floated story that the retired Congressman had been banned from speaking at the 2018 LP national convention. Several Libertarian officials and personalities have since set the record straight that it was simply a booking issue (i.e., the convention not wanting to pay Paul’s speaking fee). The complication with this (which had lent credibility to the story) is that several LP national committee members have recently made openly critical remarks about Paul, as Julie Borowski relates in the below video:


Reason on Larry Sharpe ‘Selling Freedom’

From Reason magazine’s massive profile of Queens’ own Larry Sharpe and his libertarian philosophy: 

Libertarians like Larry Sharpe.

It was nearly impossible to attend a state-level Libertarian Party (L.P.) convention in 2017 and not see the affable former Marine and 2018 candidate for governor of New York laying out his seven-year plan to transform the party from a distant third-place finisher to the country’s decisive swing bloc at all levels of government.

photo by Zoe Fisher

When I asked former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld how Libertarians could best build on their momentum, he began his reply with: “You want to get out more candidates like Larry Sharpe.”

Of course, Bill Weld is the only reason a normal consumer of politics might have heard of Sharpe in the first place. Weld was the Libertarian vice presidential nominee in the 2016 race—by far the most famous and electorally successful candidate for that office since the party’s founding in 1971. And in May 2016, at the Libertarian Party’s national convention, Sharpe came this close to beating him. A measly 32 votes on a hotly contested second ballot separated Weld’s 50.5 percent from Sharpe’s 46.9, much to the bafflement of the assembled national press corps. At a raucous moment, the party’s radicals and anarchists rallied behind Sharpe, even though he is decidedly not one of them.

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Queens Libertarians Hold Most Successful Annual Toy Drive Ever

The Queens Libertarians (or QL, formerly the Libertarian Party of Queens County), the authentic voice of libertarian views, activism, education and advocacy in Queens since 1994, has completed its most successful Annual Toy Drive in its history. Members of the organization collected over 150 toys and donated them to homeless black children, through the family shelter support program Restfull Nights, at its Jamaica office in mid-December. The achievement, being the 17th straight toy drive conducted since 2001, was duly noted at the QL annual Holiday Dinner on December 17.

“This shows how libertarian beliefs also include individual responsibility for helping the community, as well as individual freedom,” says Toy Drive Coordinator Michelle Yaskel. This year the toys were personally delivered by Yaskel, with QL Chair Tom Stevens and Vice Chair John Clifton, and were the largest number collected to date for their annual drive. Following the September 11, 2001 tragedy, the drive was initially launched to benefit police and firefighter families, and the effort has been acclaimed by the national Libertarian Party (LP).

The event capped a very productive year for the Queens Libertarians, who in addition maintain an over 300 active email and member list, held a convention, holiday dinner, speaker program and 12 monthly meetings featuring guests including Fred Cookinham, Augustus Invictus, and 2018 LP gubernatorial contender Larry Sharpe. The QL meets (since 1994) on the second Saturday of each month at the Takara Sushi restaurant in Whitestone, and on January 13 at 11 am will hold its next convention, featuring a discussion of the state of Queens Republican politics by Tea Party activist Alan Bemben.

The Queens Libertarians is not currently chartered with the Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY) due to a bylaws dispute, and over its documenting wrongful expulsions, and ongoing defamations of several Queens activists led by certain factions within the state party. QL expects its positive achievements and fully active organization will result in a re-merging or restoration of its status and members with LPNY, through a future state convention or committee. The Queens Libertarians plan to further celebrate its history on their 25th anniversary in 2019.