Friday, December 28, 2012

UK Independence Party compared to US Libertarian Party

"UKIP is in fact a vote for a pro-free-market, pro-national-sovereignty, pro-individual rights, small-government philosophy..."

HuffPo, Robin Koerner, Publisher,, "The Liberty Movement Must Ask the Most Important Question":
The only British political party that describes itself as libertarian is the United Kingdom Independence Party, or "UKIP". Twenty years ago, it did not exist.

Today, it has the support of anywhere between 7 percent and 14 percent of the British electorate. This rise from non-existence to a force in British politics so powerful that even the mainstream media have begun to identify it as the biggest threat to the governing Conservative party is all the more remarkable because the majority of the British electorate doesn't actually know what the word "libertarian" means.

On our side of the pond, the much more robustly libertarian "Libertarian Party" of the United States, is more than twice as old as UKIP. Yet, even after all the unprecedented excitement for libertarian ideas that was generated by the extraordinary presidential run of Ron Paul, and even with the willingness of the American mainstream media to use the word "libertarian" (small "l") to describe Dr. Paul and those who broadly agree with him, the Libertarian Party's candidate, who has a very impressive executive resume, barely picked up 1 percent of the vote in November. The meager impact of the liberty movement looks even weaker when one considers that the USA is (arguably) the most libertarian country on the planet and (less arguably) the country with the most libertarian founding narrative.
Editor's note - The UK Libertarian Party merged with UKIP in 2011.

CLARIFICATION: It has been pointed out by one of the individuals in the photo, Nic Connor an LR reader from England, that only 1 of the 4 individuals in the photo is a UKIP member, the other three are proud Conservatives. We regret the semi-error.


Mark Wallace said...

Erm, 3 of the 4 people in your "UKIP" photo are not and have never been members of UKIP - I'd suggest you should maybe take it down?

Nic Conner said...

Shame in the photo 3 of the 4 young Libertarians are still in the Party in the UK has more Libertarian members and beliefs: The Conservative Party. I know this as I am one of them.

The Right Guy said...

Eric doesn't fact check.

Eric Dondero said...

Okay, all y'all's posts here are confusing.

3 out of 4 are Conservative Party members or still in the now defunct UK Libertarian Party?

I pulled up Google Images for UKIP and this was one of the first photos that came up.

And even if it's only 1 out of the 4 that's UKIP that makes the photo still valid. Which one is UKIP and I'll gladly put a note at the end of the piece identifying him. My guess, the guy with the anti-Commie t-shirt, right?

Eric Dondero said...

And No! I don't fact check. That would take me fucking all day long. And Nic, Mark, I don't recall either one of you hitting the DONATE button at the bottom of the website. My work here is FOR FREE.

If someone wants to start paying me, I'd gladly start acting like a real journalist. I am a political activist with an agenda. Blogging is just one aspect of my activism.

Mark Wallace said...

Hardly a "semi-error", Eric - you appear to do your blogging based on Google and guesses. In this case your Googling and your guesswork are both incorrect.

As for your suggestion that you should only listen to commenters who donate to you, you don't quite seem to have realised how this blogging lark works.

I am the owner of the copyright of this photograph, so I'll ask again - given you don't have permission to use it from the image's owner, please take it down.

Unknown said...

For the record, the UKIP member (Tim Aker) is first from left.

Some very pissed off Tories, I would say, tsk... :)