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Where this Idea Came From

The man behind Gold Party is Bill McGaughey, who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is an author, inner-city landlord, and former candidate for public office.

The idea for the system of weighted voting came from McGaughey’s thoughts concerning the nature of money and from his perception that political movements often lack staying power.

His interest in politics, though evident in his early writings, was advanced by his experiences with a group of landlord activists, Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee. This showed him how a small group of people having social cohesion and a cause can have an impact on government. It also demonstrated the importance of having one’s own media to get a message out to the public when the commercial media are indifferent or hostile.

McGaughey’s four political campaigns taught him something about campaigning for elective office.


For more information, click on the following links.


Bill McGaughey’s writings on economics, politics, and history:

On shorter working hours

On trade

On world history

Personal collection


Writings about the landlord group in Minneapolis:

the archives of Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee (in English only)

an earlier model of political activism


McGaughey's four campaigns as a candidate for public office


See also these statements:

What I learned from politics 5906 words

Balanced between Left and Right 5640 words

Remembering Eugene McCarthy 1244 words

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