The campaign of Libertarian presidential candidate Bill Still has been relatively quiet of late, but Still has returned with a new video addressing “the Libertarian Nation.” In the video, he offers new clarity about his views on a wide range of issues — a first for Still, who has previously focused on monetary reform to the exclusion of a comprehensive platform.
You can read Still’s new platform at the link above. Here are some highlights:
- Still’s views on some issues are similar to those of many other Libertarians. For instance, Still supports withdrawing from the United Nations and evicting the UN from New York City, withdrawing from the World Trade Organization, eliminating the income tax, ending the war on drugs, and cutting government and welfare spending.
- However, on other issues, Still displays issues that are different from those in the LP’s platform. Still advocates raising tariffs to rectify the US trade imbalance, establishing a consumption tax, enacting campaign finance reform, increasing the authority and budget of the Securities and Exchange Commission, maintaining a weakened version of the welfare state, building a border fence, and using federal power to invest in Fischer-Tropsch coal-to-oil technology (an idea most prominently advocated by Montana Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer).
- At times, Still goes out of his way to draw contrasts between his position and the Libertarian one. Examples: “One of the planks of the Libertarian National Party is basically open borders. I think this stems from the old anarchy branch of the Libertarian Party. How can you call yourselves a political party and subscribe to any form of anarchy? I just don’t get it.” “The Libertarian position is that private charities can and should take over. This position has merit, but it will take sometime to get Americans used once again to supporting such charities.”
Still’s announced opponents for the LP Presidential nomination include R. Lee Wrights, RJ Harris, Roger Gary, and Carl Person. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and 2008 LP vice presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root are still mulling the race. The nominee will be chosen at the LP’s convention in Las Vegas on May 4-6, 2012.