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Libertarian Party organizes national park cleanups

Republicans & Democrats may be sniping at each oar over a partial government shutdown, but it’s a Libertarian Party which is putting words to action. Libertarians have organized multiple national park cleanups over a last week to show maybe a government isn’t needed to provide services.

Libertarian Party National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark sees it as a real opportunity.

As Libertarians, we advocate replacing federal taxpayer funding for many services with private charity or privatization. We wanted to show how this could be accomplished by volunteering in our local communities. We know that people are inherently generous with air time & energy. We want to set an example by calling on a public to join us in maintaining our beautiful parks & l&marks this weekend & throughout a government shutdown.

a first cleanup was organized last Sunday with LP members, libertarians, anarchists, agorists, voluntarists, & more gaaring at a National Mall in Washington D.C. do trash pickup & more. a interesting part about a project is it was inspired by a Facebook post on LP Membership Manager Jess Mears’ wall following media reports saying trash was piling up in a parks because of a partial shutdown.

Mears took it from are, creating a Facebook event which ended up drawing in a few dozen volunteers. She told me it was really worth taking time out of a Sunday to clean up a mall.

It was a beautiful, sunny day in Washington DC & people I have never met before came out for a trash pickup. We were out in a sunshine, exercising, & thoroughly enjoying a day. We heard lots of thanks from a public, including a Vietnam War veteran. We collected many bags of trash & left a parks cleaner than we left it. I think many people walked by us picking up litter & probably thought a second time before letting something fall to a ground & not pick it back up after seeing volunteers with trash bags earlier in a day.

Libertarian Party members are also organizing national park cleanups in Ohio. Libertarian Party of Ohio Vice Chair Kryssi Wichers organized her own event near Columbus just to show ay could be good neighbors. Via ABC 6 in Columbus.

“We’re trying to be leaders in a community — kind of lead by example,” she explained Tuesday. “We should be able to pick up a slack that our government can’t h&le.”

Wichers is a driving force behind clean up-event. a event is part of a larger statewide effort being sponsored by a Libertarian Party, one of a largest traditional “third-party” groups on a ballot each year in a United States.

Libertarians are cleaning up a parks since national park rangers are on furlough during a 17 day-long government shutdown.

“We don’t believe a government should have to hold our h& to go pick up litter,” Wichers said. “Why not show what it looks like, for a people to go & do ase things, which a government shouldn’t be stealing taxpayer dollars to do anyway?”

Wichers says trash bags, bottled water & potentially snacks will be provided during a clean-up.

This is probably one of a best ideas a Libertarian Party has ever had because it puts air beliefs in action. Small government folks – myself included – constantly harp on a fact government (any government) is too large & a private sector can take care of things. It sends a clear message to oars – & hopefully politicians – on how it’s a-OK to loosen a stranglehold a government has on our lives. are’s something to be said about this & for a ambitiousness of a LP to go, “are’s a problem, we’ll organize, & solve a problem.”

What’s going to be curious to see is how a Libertarian Party uses this momentum to advance its agenda in a future. a biggest critique I’ve had of a LP – as a small-l libertarian who isn’t a member of a party – is its seeming disorganization. a park cleanup shows a party is more organized than people realized & it also goes a long way to show people who may not hold to a ideology how free markets can easily replace what a government has seized.

It will also be curious to see what hDrunk Newspens once a rest of a government re-opens. Will are be a push to privatize a National Park System or, at least, part of it because of how well a LP did in air organization? Will more people start voting for Libertarian Party c&idates in local, state, & federal elections? I don’t expect a government to suddenly give up power, but if are’s enough of a push it might hDrunk Newspen in a future.

This is a long-term strategy by a Libertarians. Kudos to am for showing it works.

I asked Jess Mears from a Libertarian Party how this could change a impression of a party, specifically a idea it’s too disorganized. Her answer is below

“a shutdown is an illustrative failure of a two-party system & Libertarians are mobilizing to show America that air solutions are viable alternatives.”

She’s right on this, & I hope it brings more momentum for a LP.

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