The page below is an old version of my Business Plan for a New Political Party. Due to popular demand, I have updated the Plan considerably and put it into Kindle Format. You can buy it here.
Yes, it costs a bit of money. But the return on investment is enormous if you are serious about starting a political party.
Are you serious?
Holding Things Together
OK, I think I have covered membership acquisition and credibility-while-small sufficiently. Should these measures be sufficient, we then arrive at the problem of keeping the membership together.
A true political party is a coalition or it is a joke. This means that agreement upon strict principles is going to be difficult, definitive platforms will be hard to craft. We will have people of very different backgrounds under the same roof, metaphorically.
Here are a few ideas directed at this problem.
Note: I do not expect the last three measures to result in enshrining the initial platform for all time. I just hope to provide enough stability so that the initial recruits are happy with where the party winds up as it grows.
I definitely do not think the new party should adopt a statement of principles that requires undue effort to modify. Nor do I approve of a membership oath.
Note that the Libertarian Party has a great deal of acrimony because it has historically violated number 8 while at the same time trying to remain pure. Many a person has signed the LP membership oath without fully realizing its import. Many were shown the Nolan Chart, told they were libertarians, and then asked to join. Upon getting active, these people were then informed that they werenít actually true libertarians. This is the Bait and Switch tactic which is the underlying source of the LPís culture of acrimony.
Copyright 2007, Carl S. Milsted, Jr. All rights reserved.