Progressive activist Robert Milnes, a declared candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination was locked out from his New Jersey residence a week ago, due to rent delinquency. Milnes subsequently took refuge in his sister’s basement, but was removed from there as well. It is unclear where he is now staying.
Milnes, 61, has run for president in every election since 2004, lobbying third parties to nominate a Libertarian and Progressive fusion ticket, an initiative he refers to as PLAS (Progressive Libertarian Alliance Strategy). He suffers from depression and poverty, and served prison time in the 1980’s after pleading guilty to harassing a Philadelphia news reporter. Continue Reading
With IP analysis complete, IPR released the official state-by-state results of its August 12-19 survey, which gauged reader preference for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination field.
Using SurveyMonkey, Independent Political Report conducted three polls from August 12-19 gauging reader preference for those running or interested in running for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Continue Reading
2016 presidential candidate Robert Milnes
Robert Milnes, a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, today announced the creation of a new blog, ThePLASPlace (TPP). Milnes hopes to use the blog as a platform to spread his message in the aftermath of the reaffirmation of his ban from Independent Political Report (IPR), his favorite blog.
“This represents my efforts to elicit comments from readers and comment/reply myself,” says Milnes, 61, of Camden, New Jersey, “it is formatted from the same template as IPR and I have added a monthly Open Thread for any/all kind of comments, much like IPR.” Continue Reading
Originally posted at Independent Political Report (IPR)
No visitor retains the right to post on IPR. The owner can manage the site as he pleases. But there is no reason IPR cannot attempt to replicate the free and fair society that its owner, contributors, and followers envision.
IPR currently faces a crisis of conscience. Two years ago, it took the unlibertarian step of banning one good faith commenter. Now, some on the site are calling for the ban of another good faith commenter. This reaction is a symptom of a much larger disease affecting the entire United States. Rather than forgiving unfortunate comments and disputing ideas on the highest levels of Graham’s hierarchy of disagreement, some opt to silence voices completely; the IPR equivalent of a ban. In argument, these tactics do not win. As Thomas Dewey expressed in a 1948 GOP presidential debate, pushing disputed views underground only allows those views to fester unchallenged. Continue Reading
Ken Krawchuk at the podium
Last month I contacted the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania’s two time gubernatorial nominee Ken Krawchuk about footage of a January 2012 debate he moderated in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. The debate, sponsored by Democracy Unplugged, interested me because it featured Libertarian presidential candidate Robert Milnes of New Jersey. At the time, no publicly accessible videos of Milnes were known to exist. Following my request, Krawchuk posted video of the two hour-long debate to YouTube, enabling me and other viewers to see footage of Milnes for the first time. Continue Reading