I’ve deliberately kept quiet before addressing my thoughts on the recent plight of UKIP; especially the dismissal of its Youth Independence Chairmen, Olly Neville, and former Chester Parliamentary candidate Richard Lowe. Both men views on equal marriage were at odds with UKIP policy; to them, as libertarians, the state should not discriminate on who can get married.
As Ayn Rand once said, all laws (that grant the state the authority to discriminate, or take sides) should be repealed. The government should never take sides. UKIP, who describe themselves as a democratic libertarian party, are taking the position of defending a state religion. But, alas, I’m not here to debate policy issues or equal marriage in general.
Richard is a libertarian; who only believes in state intervention on the harm principle. That’s it. And, on a personal level, is probably one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Of course, us libertarians are contrarians and do take positions which the majority do oppose; but, this is a democracy and everyone is entitled to an opinion.
But, Olly on the other hand, is an anarchist (no, an actual anarchist); from my conversations with him, he does not recognise the role of the state at all. And, yes, he takes extremely provocative positions on a variety of issues. Yet again, this is a democracy and he is entitled to them. And, like Richard, he is generally an all round good person
What I find so surprising is a party, that actively wants libertarians to join and promote the cause, is somewhat dead against them speaking their minds. If UKIP give a platform, then expect them [libertarian members] to publicly oppose coercion and authoritarianism.