James Weeks II: My Suspension from the Libertarian Party of Michigan

One video of Weeks II’s controversial performance at the Libertarian national convention has received over 209,000 views as of today, the most viewed video from the convention.

Read about the Libertarian Party of Michigan’s motion at IPR.

June 12, 2016

James Weeks II


Libertarian Party of Livingston County


My Suspension from the Libertarian Party of Michigan

Today I, James Weeks II, was informed of my suspension from the Libertarian Party of Michigan(LPM) for a term of two years. This was voted on by the Libertarian Executive Committee(LEC) of the LPM on their June 12th 2016 meeting. The reasoning behind this suspension is their disapproval of my use of free expression in lieu of a speech during my run for Libertarian Party chair at the national convention. Many have came out in support of free expression, such as John McAfee, who was a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, who had this to say:

“When James Weeks stripped at the LP Convention last Sunday there were widespread boo’s and general disapproval of Mr. Week’s exuberance. Rather than enjoying a respite from the grey blandness of the convention, people were muttering that the world would think that Libertarians were fools. Well, if we care about such tivialities, then we are indeed fools.

“For me, I was far more ashamed of those who turned their heads in disgust than by anything Mr. Weeks did.”

I have even received hand written snail mail letters in support of what I did, such as from Richard Winger, a long time and well respected libertarian and publisher of Ballot Access News who wrote:

“I approve of your dance at the LP Convention. So many other political party meeting & rallies are dominated by anger. The LP had some anger too, but you took the spotlight off our anger and presented the LP as a happy bunch.”

Some have complained that what I did should have been explained, that my intentions should have been stated, the message I wanted to get out spoon fed to them. I disagree, performance art, in my humble opinion, should be left up to interpretation. I have explained to some in the media what the message I wanted to get out was, and from what influenced the performance was derived, but I only did that because I was asked as unlike some politicians I believe answering the questions I am being asked. I’ve seen some wonderful interpretations from people posting on Facebook, some very accurate to what the message I wanted to deliver and some very far off.

While the LPM wants to focus on the negative and continue the very anger that Mr. Winger was referring to, now directed at me, I seek to bring levity and fun to the political process that is so rife with boredom and not to mention corruption. The precedent set by the decision of the LEC to suspend my membership will echo through all of the party, it send a clear message that the LPM is not the inclusive party it claims to be, that if methods are used which, while they do not violate the non-aggression principle, are found to be offensive by some it is grounds to show you the door. In the words of the great libertarian Adam Kokesh, “being offended is fucking bullshit.”

From the LPM Platform Preamble:

“People have the right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and pursue happiness in whatever manner they choose so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal rights of others. Libertarians welcome the peace, prosperity, and diversity that freedom brings.”

What I ask is more peaceful than dancing? What I ask brings more happiness than moving oneself to the rhythm of music? Will they argue that one individual dancing interferes with the rights of others?

To become a member of the Libertarian Party one only has to swear to one thing, the non-aggression principle, which states:

“I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals.”

I do no believe my actions have violated this pledge, I believe the actions of the LEC are far closer to violating this sacred principle than are mine as they have demonstrated beyond all doubt that should peaceful actions be deemed distasteful the peaceful party will be shown the door. This is not libertarianism.

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