Software engineer, 2004 Libertarian Presidential candidate

Reference

Michael Badnarik - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Michael J. Badnarik (born August 1, 1954) is an American software engineer and political figure. He was the Libertarian Party (a third party) nominee for President of the United States in the 2004 elections, and placed fourth in the race, slightly behind independent candidate Ralph Nader. He was recently a Libertarian candidate in the 2006 Congressional elections in Texas for the 10th district seat near Austin. He finished in third place with 4.3% of the vote. ..."

Images

TheAdvocates.org - Michael Badnarik
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Biography

Project Vote Smart - Mr. Badnarik - Biography
Includes links to issue positions (NPAT), public statements, etc.

Mailing Lists

badnarik2004 - Badnarik for President
Yahoo! Group

Web Pages

Frontline: Presidential Market 2004: Candidates: Michael Badnarik
Allows you to build a virtual "portfolio" by trading shares in the presidential candidates
Michael Badnarik - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government
Our Campaigns - Candidate Detail Page: Badnarik, Michael

Articles

An open reply to John Hospers, by Brad Spangler, Rational Review, 25 Oct 2004
"... I write a rebuttal to the sincere plea of a beloved Libertarian Elder Statesman. ... Those who waste their efforts on either major party candidate this election cycle may regret wasting time in not promoting the Libertarian alternative ... There is no libertarian case for Bush. Give 'em hell, Mr. Badnarik, give 'em hell."
Related Topic: John Hospers
Conventional unwisdom: The Life of the Party, part 19, by Thomas L. Knapp, Rational Review, 1 Jun 2004
"A group of Young Turks in the LP ... deserve to be congratulated. They took on the LP 'establishment;' they took on the conventional wisdom; and they won. ... The LP's future, if it has one, lies precisely with those Americans who sense a need for a radical, in your face, 'well, Bob, fuck the conventional wisdom' alternative. ... Frankly, I think that Badnarik will surprise everyone."
It Usually Begins With... Michael Badnarik?, by Jerome Tuccille, 3 Jun 2004
Laugh About It, Shout About It: To spoil or not to spoil in '04?, by Julian Sanchez, Reason, 1 Jun 2004
Libertarian Party Says It Will Drain Votes From Bush, by Susan Jones, CNSNews.com, 2 Jun 2004
Libertarians unite to elect Badnarik: Presidential candidate to take advantage of disenchanted voters, by Ron Strom, WorldNetDaily, 14 Jul 2004
"Saying the Libertarian Party is highly unified around his candidacy, presidential nominee Michael Badnarik hopes disenchantment with the Republican Party and high-profile TV commercials will help him garner unprecedented support in November's election."
Local Residents Help Select Libertarian Presidential Nominee, Chattanoogan.com, 1 Jun 2004
"'The reason we can't find a relationship between the Constitution and our current government is that there is none,' declared Badnarik. ... 'If you were in prison and faced a 50% chance of death by lethal injection, a 45% chance of the electric chair, and had a 5% chance of escape, would you vote for lethal injection because it was the most likely outcome, or would you try for escape?' said Badnarik. 'Voting Libertarian is our only chance for political survival. Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.'"
Michael Badnarik Thinks You're a Libertarian: Texas' Other Presidential Candidate Talks to the Dig, by Joe Keohane, Weekly Dig, 30 Jun 2004
"... asked whether governmental interference is the [principal] obstacle between Americans and the American ideal, Badnarik responds, 'I think that's very clear.' It's a notion bereft of the sort of contempt for voters seen emanating from the Democrat/Republican duopoly these days ..."
Preliminary polling data indicates Badnarik has the support to remove Bush from office, 18 Jul 2004
Press release from Badnarik for President
"Badnarik is consistently polling around one percent, as compared with Bush, Kerry, and Nader. According to John Zogby, one percent may not sound like a lot, but with 16 to 20 states considered 'battlegrounds' that are too close too call, this slim margin could determine the outcome of the contest."
The Libertarian Party Stays the Course: Reports from a political convention full of both surprises and the status quo, by Brian Doherty, Reason, 3 Jun 2004
"Badnarik has a very libertarian message about restricting the government strictly to its explicitly Constitutional duties ... The LP, as always, has its work cut out for it. And its hardcore devotees don't seem to want it any other way."
The metaphysics of Atlanta: The Life of the Party, Part 20, by Steve Trinward, Rational Review, 14 Jun 2004
"... I wonder how many ... of those one-to-one contacts Michael [Badnarik] has been making for the past nearly two years are going to result in new Libertarian activists, donors, contributors, candidates and other soldiers for the cause?"

Writings

Kerry's Entangling Alliances, 28 Oct 2004
"When countries tie themselves together in mutual defense pacts and alliances, they end up participating in foolish wars out of diplomatic obligation, rather than limiting themselves to legitimate self-defense. ... Getting other countries involved in defending and extending U.S. aggression is the wrong strategy."
Related Topic: Foreign Entanglements

Interviews

An Interview with Michael Badnarik: Only minutes after Michael Badnarik won the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination, he sat down for an interview with Liberty's R. W. Bradford, by Michael Badnarik, Raymond William 'Bill' Bradford, Liberty, Aug 2004
Badnarik answers questions ranging from basic biographical information to his classes on the Constitution, and in a follow-up, his responses to Fox News, his taxes, zip codes, Gary Nolan and Aaron Russo
"We the people ordained and established the Constitution. We invented government and government works for us. The government has not been responsive to the people. If the IRS is planning to collect taxes they have to determine how those taxes are valid, how you become liable for those taxes."
Michael Badnarik Interview, by Michael Badnarik, Scott Horton, The Weekend Interview Show with Scott Horton
Three audio interviews: 25 Sep 2004, 30 Oct 2004 and 19 Nov 2005

Cartoons and Comic Strips

This Fall, Every Vote Counts, But These Diabolical Third-Party Candidates Could Deny John Kerry Crucial Votes in Swing States, by Ted Rall, 7 Aug 2004
"What if Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik costs Kerry the presidency? ... Conservatives disgusted by GITMO might pull away votes that rightly belong to Kerry ... Third-Party Spoilers: The Ultimate Danger to American Democracy!"

Books Authored

Good To Be King: The Foundations Of Freedom, 2004

Videos

Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate: Program ID 182059 - 6, Washington Journal, 31 May 2004
C-SPAN 5/31/04 0:40