Last month, Krzysztof Lesiak, formerly a contributor to the Independent Political Report (IPR), started the blog American Third Party Report (ATPR), which, as its name suggests, covers American third parties. Though similar to IPR in subject matter, it currently lacks the community that makes IPR such a popular blog. All of its recent posts are copies of news articles and press releases from third parties and associated political campaigns. It once featured some original content, but recent personnel changes have somewhat altered the blog’s output.
Lesiak, a self-described Polish nationalist who belongs to the quasi-fascist American Freedom Party, signed several writers to post for the blog, including Nathan Norman, an activist currently signed as a contributor to The Saturnalian to publish his four part treatise on the Libertarian Party (see Part One).
Norman, best known as Concerned Libertarian Citizen (CLC), the name he commented under at IPR before being banned for trolling, was removed as a writer after posting an article critical of IPR and its administration. He posted a total of five articles overall, including an interview with homosexuality critic Don Grundmann and a report on IPR owner Warren Redlich’s plan to run for President of the United States in 2024.
“I posted stories the public cared about,” says Norman, who is thinking about starting his own blog, “[n]ow all they post [at ATPR] is boring rubbish.”
Editor-in-chief Joshua Fauver, who is still signed up as a writer at IPR, is the most frequent ATPR poster. Fauver has a long résumé of third party activism. He started in the right wing Constitution Party, then worked on the campaign of Independent/Reform Party/Constitution Party/Republican Party presidential candidate and former football coach Robby Wells (who is now running for president as a Democrat). Fauver next joined the Libertarian Party before becoming a self-proclaimed socialist who plans to join Socialist Party USA.
“I’m really happy with the site,” says Fauver, “I feel like we’re accomplishing what we set out to do, which is to provide a legitimate alternative to the Independent Political Report.”
Nevertheless, the blog still has a ways to go before reaching the prestige of IPR. Whereas IPR has 1,921 Facebook likes, ATPR currently has only 24. Personnel changes notwithstanding, only time will tell if ATPR has what it takes to become as successful a blog as IPR.