Daily Archives: December 14, 2010

Libertarian Party Did Not Poll 50,000 Votes for Governor of New York

On December 13, 2010, the NYS BOE certified the election results from the November elections. The Libertarian Party did not receive the 50,000 votes for Governor needed to become ballot-qualified. This post also gives the election results for the other third party Governor candidates in New York. [read more]

Georgia Greens Urge Negotiated Response to Georgia’s Inmate Sitdown Strike

From the Green Party of Georgia, which has focused a lot of attention lately on the state’s prison system, via the Green Party of the US:

Georgia Green Party leadership today are urging that calls of concern be placed to the Georgia Department of Corrections urging negotiations with, not [read more]

Ben Chipman, only independent in Maine legislature, to be on IPR Radio tonight at 8 PM EST

Ben Chipman is a Green Party activist in Maine and was elected to the state legislature this year as an independent.  I, Ross Levin, along with Daniel Surman, will be interviewing him tonight on blogtalk radio.  Chipman has been a Green Party activist for a long [read more]

Wikileaks: Diplomats Scoff at German Libertarian Party’s Concern for Data Security

From Third Party and Independent Daily:

The recent Wikileaks diplomatic document dump contains a cable from shortly before Germany’s 2009 general election, articulating worries among US diplomats that the German Free Democratic Party’s strong support for individual data privacy and protections against unreasonable search and seizure might hinder the efforts of the American national security state.  Ironically, the author of the leaked cable scoffs at claims by FDP officials that the US government lacks effective data protection measures.

Germany’s Free Democratic Party, or FDP, is the junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition between the CDU/CSU and FDP.  The party’s chairman is Guido Westerwelle, who is currently serving as Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany in Merkel’s cabinet.  In Germany’s 2009 general election, the FDP garnered almost 15% of the vote and now holds 93 seats in the German parliament.  The FDP is usually referred to as a classical liberal, or libertarian, party for its strong defenses of economic liberalism and civil liberties.

The cable frames the FDP’s support for citizens’ privacy rights and individual liberties as a hindrance to US security strategy, and states that, if it were to join a ruling coalition in Germany, the party would scrutinize any proposals that would require sharing or accessing of information concerning private individuals.  The cable faults the party’s “limited government viewpoint” for its opposition to data-sharing measures that would infringe on the privacy rights of individuals.

In a most ironic turn, the leaked cable scoffs at FDP Parliamentarian Gisela Piltz, who cautioned against data-sharing operations with the US government on the grounds that the US government as a whole lacks effective data protection measures even as it accumulates massive amounts of data on innocent citizens.

See also TPID’s follow-up post on a series of cables from 2009-2010 detailing the tension between the FDP’s strong stance on the right to privacy and US information-sharing [read more]

Nader says: Bernie Sanders is a majority of one

Former Green Party, and former independent candidate for US President, Ralph Nader, comments on Bernie Sanders’ recent speech to Congress. “On Friday, December 10, 2010, Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent Socialist, of Vermont, came of age. At last…” [read more]