Lew Rockwell is a noted libertarian. As you might guess, his guy in this election was Ron Paul. Paul lost, big time. In response to that loss, Rockwell has now decided that the RNC is led by a “criminal syndicate,” the answer to which, he asserts, is “secession and independence.”
No, it is not. Not even close.
First, there's no "criminal syndicate” at the convention in Tampa, period. The libertarian candidate lost. That’s it. My guy (Gingrich) lost too. I’m not happy about it, but I’m not walking and I’m not slandering the winner. Demonizing the winner and his team mates, on the one hand, and marginalizing themselves, on the other, just means that the freedom-loving libertarians will keep losing.
Second, the greatest failure of libertarians is that they do not know how to get their hands on the levers of power, much less how to keep them there. They would do themselves and their important movement a great favor by learning how to win. But “secession and independence” is not how it’s done. Why? -- because you don't win from the margins. You don't win by means of self-imposed exile or by burning your political bridges behind you. That’s how to sign a long-term contract with defeat.
Libertarians know very well how to lose elections in America. They’ve been doing a remarkable job of it for decades. They need now to change their trajectory. Secession and independence will not change it. Secession is for fools.