Hey Bryan. Thanks for the suggestion. I really did look carefully into the Libertarians and other third parties (Socialists, Greens, Nazis, Green Nazis (a truly weird group, if it exists at all), Communists, various religious parties and a slew of other oddities) and was not impressed with any of them, except a couple of independent parties (e.g., the Independent party of Oregon). None of the interesting parties exist here in California.
Libertarians are hard core government hater ideologues, now largely co-opted by religion. I am a hard core secular realist and pragmatist. In other words, I let reality, reasonable compassion, shrewd thinking, reasonable personal freedom and an honest cost-benefit viewpoint dictate what makes sense, not political or religious ideology. To the best of my knowledge, the Libertarians (and most of the other parties) do not view politics like that.
Any other suggestions? I am always interested in checking out something new. Absent that, I want to see a new secular, pragmatic, non-ideological third party here in California. What we here here is a real failure and a disgrace. That's why California is bankrupt.
Have you considered that politics and joining a party is not a solution? I am not saying that it is not but it should be considered.
However if your looking for compassion and reason + liberty I would look into Stefan moleneux. Hes got podcasts, hes on youtube and his show is great. He subscribes to Philosophy, reason, evidence, empathy, anti-gov (anti coercion) and atheism. I think hes one of the wisest people around. Just my thoughts of course :)
The two major political parties have such a stranglehold on money - which is now, with the Supreme Court's blessing, the essential ingredient to success in elections - that the prospects for an effective third party seem to me extremely remote at best. I like what the Greens stand for, but they're (by their own admission) really more a movement than a cohesive party.
Since this originally posted I attended a convention where I met members of the National Atheist Party. While still a fledgling organization I think that their goals may be in line with many here. They have a page here: http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/national-atheist-party-nap