The GO Strategy for Libertarians
by Frank Atwood, May 29, 2003 (posted)
Go with the GO grass-roots strategy!
Halfway through If I Ran the Circus, L. Neil Smith mentions, "Guerrilla conflict Occurs when there is a sharp difference between two sides in terms of the assets and resources they command." We cannot afford Chess-like attrition! We need to implement a guerrilla or grass-roots campaign. (I choose to substitute "grass roots" for guerrilla in order to be less belligerent and focus on growth as experienced in the holistic game of Go, rather than the linearity of Chess.)
The classics with regards to growth and persuasion are
Two outstanding perspectives of guerrilla or grass-roots campaigning are
I feel this quote from Boorman is especially relevant: "Invert the relative importance of the objectives of territory and annihilation..." Rather than trying to annihilate the enemy (winning a state-wide election), we must focus on dominating the fringes (winning some counties).
The game of Go also has the element of encirclement, counter-encirclement, advance from edges to center, tipping points, political collapse, and isolated phenomenon.
Let's implement the ideas of these classics, and dominate the Gilpin-Leadville-San Miguel Corridor where we've already demonstrated strength -- where the Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State earned relatively high vote totals ranging from 4.8% to 9.6%. Whereas the statewide average was 3.1%, the results were higher in the following contiguous counties: San Miguel (9.3%), San Juan (9.2%), Hinsdale (7.1%), Gunnison (4.9%), Pitkin (4.8%), Lake (5.1%), Park (6%), Summit (4.8%), and Clear Creek (5.3%). In this corridor, let's triple our percentages in the 2004 Senate race against Ben Nighthorse Campbell.