Publish inspirational, Florida-oriented news of Libertarian progress, aims and achievements.
In 1970 the Florida Libertarian Community consisted of 5 people: Ralph Swanson, M. Gilson, Carmen Bordenave, Lillian de Lemos, and Mogi de Lemos.They founded what became the LPF, assisted in creating parties in several other states and abroad, called for a national and world political movement, and created FLORIDA LIBERTY--the FLLIB--to chronicle progress.
Building on work in 1968, in a short time they had helped bring the threatened initiative process, expanded advisory boards, threatened county self-rule, and a tax limitation amendment to Florida. Libertarianism isn't just about political management by voluntary means, but a broad interest in self-empowerment and development. Today, in State House elections, over 15% of Floridians vote Libertarian. With numerous e-clubs, think-tanks and allied coalitions, the community is growing.
We publish with especial attention to the...
At this new site, we'll be transferring old key stories well into 2011 so please be patient as you scroll through past years.
When the Libertarians Party for Florida, today the LPF, was founded in 1970, the Florida Liberty was created by Ralph Swanson as also an occasional circular to document political activity of all Libertarians in Florida. In the early '80's it separated operations from the Libertarian Party of Florida and the SIL as an arm of the Phoenix Action Commitee, with the arrangement that it would always publish official LPF news but remain editorially independent as a conduit for Libertarian internal discussion as well...good or bad. Thus the party became a project of the private but expanding Libertarian community project they began.
If you're a Libertarian in Florida today, you can thank the Florida Liberty. Via the Action Committee and its successor projects, it created, expanded and shared the first d-base of Florida Libertarians; and led the fight to allow Libertarians to register as such in Florida, first proposed foundation of a national and eventual international party and movement, hosted discussions that created many Florida Libertarian projects, exposed attempts by to seize control of Libertarian groups, and brought focus to many Libertarian successes. Above all, it has documented Libertarian wins, becoming "the best and model newsletter of Libertarian activism, it often has led the movement by documenting and profiling unsung progress..." (Harry Browne, 2000 LP Presidential candidate).
We've gone from paper newsletter to web news sources! While maintaining its obligations to publish official news summaries and independent editorials or data on LPF operations, in recent years it has completely separated from the LPF (which has its own occasional zine and announce list). This involved updating to a web format, including this site for wins and activist links, a yahoo group for current activities and editorials, occasional PDF zines. As of late mid 2009 we're working on several web conduits such as Twitter, linking to Libertarian toolsites and manual archives, and developing associated archive sites. We're also posting key stories of past years here from old editions of the FLLIB, and great Media Quotes that you can use in discussing Libertarianism!
Please send a story of your win (don't forget photographs) to our yahoo group--join our reminder newsgroup and post your event or 'win' news!
Senior and Managing Editor: Ralph Swanson
E-Group Editor: Julie Chorgo
Website Editorial Advisor: M. Gilson
Contributing Editors: Charles Champion, Rex Curry, Paul Molloy (Radio Stories), LPF Secretary (ex Officio)
--R. Swanson, May, 2007; updated 2011.