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Hearts, Minds and General Elections
Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Thu, 2008-11-06 21:36
We are just 23 hours away from voting commencing in New Zealand and any electors reading this post I urge to vote Libertarianz.
I have been out campaigning virtually every day since August (with a week off due to illness) and feel the Libz will do well; and have just concluded my own campaigning efforts with another 'Human Billboard' morning on Tamaki Drive in Civilisation where the response was fairly positive from motorists passing by...(a huge contrast to yesterday!)
My thoughts on the General Election are that the Libz can obtain votes if efforts are put in to 'retail' campaigning and actually meet large numbers of electors, rather than rely on absurd timewasting efforts such as Candidate Meetings no one attends (may have worked well in the late '50s, but not now), and press releases no one reads; and it seems everyone around the Country has done their bit on the campaign trail and jolly well done.
Needless to say the campaign in Civilisation was the best ...but a jolly good effort by everybody in the small provincial towns such as Hamilton, Palmy North, Invercargill, Rotorua and Wellington; and I am sure Julian, Robert, Peter, Sally and myself are happy to teach you chaps how to do it properly for next time
My other thoughts on the election are that a SUBSTANTIAL amount of work is still required to be done on the 'hearts and minds' side of things.
I will openly admit to having been wrong about this.
I really did think we had spread our message widely and everyone was more or less aware of what the Libertarianz stand for, and why freedom is important, and all that was required was persuasion to vote for us, but have to say that is not the case.
The general feedback I received was along the lines of "Libertarianz - guns and drugs", and often with an observation that we have a policy (we don't by the way) to change the name of the Country [which many find a bit weird], but often there was complete ignorance of who were are and what we stand for.
Therefore the next two and a half years need to be spent with a widespread education campaign to explain freedom and libertarianism to the New Zealand population (along with further boosting our membership and organisation and fundraising) ready for 2011.
In short, we need to get back to basics (the 'Politically Incorrect' radio show circa 1999, as an example) of education, showing people the way, pointing out how important freedom is, pointing out there is nothing to fear, and drumming home some key themes.
Indeed, I was discussing this morning with my fellow Libz 'Human Billboard' sign holders about a book titled "Libertarianism For Beginners" ...(you cannot get more 'back to basics' than that! ha ha!)...as an obvious place to start.
But yes, emerging from a torpor sometime during the winter of 2011 will be a couple of years too late, so (on the assumption that perhaps we are unlikely to win the General Election tomorrow) best to get cracking.
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