Chart Of The Day: May Registrations For The Libertarian Party Jump 20-Fold

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

People are going to be pissed off no matter who wins this election and that is a very important social dynamic I believe is vastly under appreciated by the majority of mainstream pundits and analysts out there.  This is also very distinct from the environment that prevailed in 2008.  Four years ago, the financial markets were crashing and the economic future of America was circling the toilet bowl, yet a majority of Americans embraced the potential of a young, inexperienced biracial politician from Illinois who was saying all of the right things.  Despite the gigantic disappointment he has proven to be as President, there is no denying that he had all of the Democrats and most Independents under his spell on this day four years ago.


Fast forward to 2012 and the county isn’t “divided” as mainstream media talking heads like to say.  The country is pissed off.  Genuine and legitimate frustration permeates the land from sea to shining sea and rightly so.  Ever since the banker coup of 2008, crony capitalism has been institutionalized as the only real way to make money.  If you aren’t connected or “too big to fail,” sorry but America isn’t the place for you.  What makes the economic nightmare so much worse is that it is being coupled with a complete and total decimation of civil liberties.  One by one the Bill of Rights is being ignored and indeed trampled on systemically by the political and economic oligarchs emboldened by their successful takeover of the executive, legislative and for the most part judicial branches of government.


– From the 2012 post: The Seventy Percent

The following data points are simple incredible.

From The Hill:

The Libertarian Party has seen a sustained surge of new members joining, with first-time registrants in May on pace to increase 20-fold over the same period from last year. New data obtained by The Hill shows that the Libertarian National Committee averaged around 100 new members a month last year, bottoming out with just 74 first-time registrants last May.


But beginning in early 2016, as the contours of the Republican and Democratic races began took shape, new membership began creeping upward to 148 in January, 323 in February, 546 in March, 706 in April, and now 1,292 in the first three weeks of May alone.

From 74 registrants to 1,292 in a year. While the absolute numbers remain small, that’s an extraordinary increase. Here’s what it looks like in chart form:



The Libertarian National Committee has also seen a spike in fundraising, bringing in $205,000 in April, its largest monthly haul since 2004.


A party operative told The Hill they are on pace to double that figure in May, estimating a $400,000 haul.


Those figures come against a backdrop of polls that find the two likely major party candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, suffer from historically low approval ratings.


The Libertarian Party will hold its nominating convention this weekend in Orlando.


Gary Johnson, the former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, is favored to win. He was also the party’s standard bearer in 2012, when he won about 1.3 million votes – a party record.


Several recent polls found Johnson taking 10 percent in a three-way match-up against Trump and Clinton. 

I voted for Gary Johnson in 2012, and I’m probably going to vote for him again in 2016. And don’t tell me that I’m “throwing my vote away.” Throwing my vote away would be checking a box next to a name I don’t believe in and have very little agreement with just to stop the other person. I have too much self-respect to play that game. More importantly, how has the lesser of two evils worked out for America over the past several decades?

Of course, it’s not just people with libertarian sensibilities who appear finally fed up with politics as usually. Liberal-leaning supporters of Bernie Sanders feel the same way (see Bernie or Bust), and many have pledged to vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein instead of Hillary Clinton.

She could recently be found making a whole lot of sense in an interview with The Hill:

Stein, who was the Green Party nominee in 2012 and is the near-certain standard-bearer this time as well, told The Hill that the likelihood of Trump and Clinton being the major-party nominees “creates a very propitious situation for the American people to actually have some choices.”


She insisted that the majority of people backing Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, are doing so in order to keep Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, out, rather than out of any real love for the former secretary of State and her policies.


“How about we allow the public to view the legitimate alternative to that?”


Asked what she would say to a voter who was sympathetic to Green Party policies but feared gifting the White House to Trump, Stein replied: “The first thing I would say is that Trump was created by the politics of the Clintons. Putting the Clintons in power will only fan the flames. Hillary is not a solution to Trump; the Clintons are the cause of Trump.”


She added, “The second thing I would say is, ‘Don’t be talked out of your own power.’… We need a policy of courage, not cowardice. We need to bring that courage into the voting booth. To adopt a position of cowardice in the voting booth is to surrender to a predatory political system on all fronts.”


“You have got to fix the rigged political system,” she said. “If you only have choices that are funded by the big banks, fossil fuels and the war profiteers, that’s what you’re going to get.”

For some of my thoughts on Gary Johnson and the 2012 election generally, see the following posts published four years ago:

My Thoughts on the Election: The Devil You Know

The Seventy Percent

Meet Gary Johnson: The Libertarian for President Polling at 7% in Colorado

Who is Gary Johnson and Why is the GOP So Mad at Him?

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Automatic Choke's picture

I have a library card, does that make me a card carrying librarian?

Slomotrainwreck's picture

The libertarians only need 33+% to win it a closely contested matchup.

Squid Viscous's picture

I'm writing in Gary YUUUGE Johnson...

he's gonna legalize it!!

wait, what?

WTFUD's picture

I believe RT was the only major network to allow the Libertarian and Green Party a debate platform which is a big tell on the state of affairs of American Broadcasting Networks.

S.N.A.F.U.'s picture

This seems as good a place as any to post this.


John Stossel (self-proclaimed libertarian on Fox news) hosted a televised debate for the top 3 (per some poll) Libertarian party candidates:
Here's my summary of "the stuff that sucks" - even the LP candidates seem to be fairly lacking:

McCafe thinks future generations should be robbed to "make good" on government promises that past generations (delusionally and immorally) made to themselves:
(By his logic, if "government" promised a plantation owner and all his descendents the right to own slaves in perpetuity, we would all be forever obligated to make good on that promise.  Contracts to commit crimes are never valid, no matter who makes them.  And no, McCafe, "we" did not make any such commitment - I have never wanted any part of any such thing, and older generations robbing me now will never convince me that me robbing future generations would be right - it's this little thing about "two wrongs" you should have learned as a kid.)

McCafe thinks we can use computerized pattern recognition (of everyone's phone calls) to detect and prevent every terrorist attack:

Gary Johnson wants to use government force to make businesses (individuals) produce and sell products they don't want to either produce or sell:

McCafe thinks abortion is "one of the fundamental issues in this country".  (Hello?  Wedge issue?)
(And he denies that the individual states have anything to say about what is and is not murder, even though that's exactly what they do for pretty much every other form of murder/non-murder.)

Gary Johnson lays his bean-counter/non-principled nature bare by indicating he doesn't want to get government out of marriage because, you know, it's too much trouble to do so:
(His "thousands of laws" argument isn't an argument against getting rid of or modifying those laws, it's merely a statement of the scope of the problem that needs to be addressed.  He'd rather just not address it.)

Gary Johnson would give ILLEGAL immigrants work visas as long as they hadn't committed any crimes:
(Hey Gary you stupid douchebag, don't you know that them coming here illegally IS A CRIME?
And fuck all open-borders morons, that includes you McCafe and Petersen.  I want to get rid of the worthless shits we have here already [at least in a voting capacity], I don't want more of them.)

First we had Italy ruling that it's OK to steal if you're hungry (, now we have Petersen saying it's OK to illegally enter the US if you need money:
(Oh, and Petersen, a lot of the reason these people were living in a 3rd world country with such poor conditions in the first place is because these are mostly 3rd world "brainiacs" [low IQ] and that was what they [collectively] made of their country.  Don't invite them in to do the same here.  "We have a policy of love" - LOL, really?  I think I prefer policies based on reason and justice, not vacuous emotional appeals.)

McCafe doesn't think having open borders and being a welfare state have any relation to each other:

Petersen wants to take in all the immigrants, but have them be second-class citizens (by "build[ing] a wall around the welfare state")?:

Gary Johnson thinks that the "'free market' has basically bankrupted coal in this country":

Petersen was the least obnoxious of the three in terms of issues, but the most obnoxious in terms of acting like a politician (i.e. speaking in sound-bites and sounding like he's aiming to say what you want to hear).  As one person put it, it was like he was reading slogans from bumper stickers rather than actually debating.  McCafe has by far the strongest presence/personality, but that does nothing to improve his take on the issues.  Of course even these losers would be better than Trump (and who the fuck wouldn't be better than Clinton?  Maybe Dick Cheney or John McCain?)

Maybe there's enough hate of Clinton/Trump for the LP to get better than 1% this time - apparently there's a poll showing Gary Johnson getting 11% against Clinton and Trump.
Of course, 11% is still losing.

Hohum's picture

Libertarians will govern the USA if registrations increase at this rate for the next four years.  Heck, they'll win with Saddam Hussein numbers.

Spungo's picture

I'm guessing much of it could be related to Gary Johnson on the Joe Rogan podcast.

It's really ironic how RT, a news network run by the Russian government, is trying to overthrow the US using democracy. Our anti-democracy media pretends people like Ron Paul don't exist. RT gives them a box to stand on and a mic to speak into. If our "enemies" are successful, we'll eventually get a government that actually represents the American people instead of representing corporate interests.

Proctologist's picture

I don't know about that, but it certainly won't be worse that the oligarchic vomit currently being served up,

Winston Smith 2009's picture

From virtually none to 20 times that thereby leading to a 0.01% chance that the LP might break it's previous huge electoral vote TOTAL of ONE over the past 42 years of its existance.

I'm a libertarian, but I only vote LP where it has actually elected LP candidates before - local elections.

Kissy Ass's picture

ZH has a lot of fake Libertarians. Keep an eye out for them.

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Kissy Ass May 26, 2016 5:56 PM

You mean the ones that actually vote for the Red Team?

razorthin's picture

So that makes a total of 20.  Someone please tell these registrants that liberarians don't join parties.

css1971's picture

Yah, well, the democrats and republicans are walking evidence for the need to limit government.

Bay Area Guy's picture

That's interesting.  However, my wife and I specfically changed parties from Libertarian to Democratic for this election for the sole purpose of voting against Clinton.  It's something of a family tradition to vote against Clintons in every election we possibly can.

Sturm und Drang's picture

If the Libertarians prop up that putz Johnson again, this is all for naught. That said, their party platform turned me off. I doubt John McAfee truly even knows what it is or gives much of a shit. But, I could be wrong.

BTW, not registered Libertarian.

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Sturm und Drang May 26, 2016 5:56 PM

Libertarians are like the fantasy Socialist Party children.   They can't comprehend what adult behavior is.   

The adults are either fascists or crony-socialists as both require yuge amounts of duplicity, which is what separates the children from the adults.

Dre4dwolf's picture

I want dual registrations hahaha, vote for two guys, why the hell not?

BigDawgz's picture

It works for gender & sexuality these days, so why not voting?  I can just hear it at the polls now:  " What is your party affiliation? "

"I'm political party-fluid...although some call me Bi-electable."

Stanley Lord's picture

Under closer inspection the Libertatian Party will reveal itself to be a sewer, just like the Democratic and Republican parties.

The best bet is to chuck out the globalist neocons and the Wall Street servants (Q. do you know why Bob Corker was sent to meet with Trump? A. To see if Trump was open to being bought off by the banks) and reform the GOP-thanks to Trump, that is happening.

johnberesfordtiptonjr's picture

Some thoughts on Libertarianism...

Libertarianism in America is a utopian dream funded by certain moneyed interests to promote their own narrow goals... follow the money.  It has NOTHING to do with ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’… these words are used as a subterfuge. 

They’ve succeeded in duping a fairly substantial portion of the American public into advocating policies that well hurt them. For example, the destruction of Glass-Steagall was a Libertarian “free market” idea. It’s truly ironic that Libertarianism is actually BAD for the economy on many dimensions.  

Joe Camel's picture

Feel the Johnson

Jeepers Creepers's picture

The Libertarian platform calls for completely open borders, so right there they get instant dismissal as it would turn the US into Venezuela over night.


Also, my experience with actual Libertarian voters is they are basically socialists who care about one issue : Pot.  They by and large hate free market capitalism, except marijuana non-issues.


I'll gladly pull the lever for Trump this year.

johnberesfordtiptonjr's picture

Ayn Rand was for open immigration and the Ayn Rand Institute (her official legacy designee organization) continues to advocate her stance-

Ask yourself this question- Why were millions of illegal aliens allowed into the U.S.? Who benefited? Who suffered the consequences? 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce led the lobbying efforts to limit the use of eVerify… the most effective and least costly method of stopping the mass migration by halting employment of illegals (citizenship status has to be verified before employment is allowed). In particular Big Agriculture and Big Hospitality (the hotel industry) were at the forefront. Other efforts included limiting funds for border control enforcement, etc. 

In general, the corporatocracy sees mass immigration as a positive event providing both cheap labor and new markets. In addition, the real cost of mass illegal immigration is borne by the taxpayer in the form of education, health care, and law enforcement.

As expected, the Hispanic market has grown almost exponentially and major corporations are happy to grow with it… press 2 for Spanish. 

Almost every so-called “Libertarian” policy will ultimately have a positive outcome for the corporatocracy… it’s a great investment for them. Only the corporatocracy will have “liberty” and “freedom” not you, the duped sucker. YOU & your children will have a declining quality of life, less security, fewer opportunities, and more struggle.

No doubt, you're going to love the upcoming "free trade" agreements... lots of freedom and liberty for you there.