Our Mission

Welcome to the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus! We are a group of self-identified radicals working within the membership of the Libertarian Party (LP) who support the re-radicalization of the LP; and further to promote a clear, radical vision of libertarianism through education and electoral advocacy both within the LP and outside of it.  

We exist to celebrate and promote the Radical tradition of American Libertarian thought, to help Libertarians mature as critical thinkers when faced with doubts about the Radical Libertarian agenda, and to equip them for their efforts to reintroduce and promote radicalism within the Libertarian Party and among the general public.

We seek a world set free in our lifetimes; no more, no less. Radical Libertarians seek a time of advancing liberty and retreating government; we seek a growing, successful Libertarian Party that is capable of winning the hearts and minds of millions of people over to liberty and justice.

The LPRC will not shy away from speaking from the "root" of libertarian thought. We believe it is futile to make Libertarian ideas "non-threatening" in order to placate the enemies of liberty. Our ideas are going to be scary to many who have considered neither their proven history nor their logical sense. Abolishing slavery was a scary thought to many in the 1800's; and the abolition of other unjust government policies now is no different. We will always seek to treat individuals as intelligent (if perhaps stubborn), competent individuals, and thus we will not fear presenting them with the "scary" libertarian ideas we have available. They must decide for themselves. Some may take years to adopt them; many will never adopt them -- but their children might. Only by treating individuals as intelligent adults will libertarianism ever succeed over the long term. While the LPRC commits to speaking for a bold, consistent, and radical libertarian agenda, we make an effort to see moderate Libertarians as our allies, not enemies. We will NOT waste time and energy and goodwill attacking them. We will fight beside them for as far as they are willing to go and be glad for the help.

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    Notice of LPRC Special Board Meeting 8/28/16

    A special Board meeting of the LPRC is scheduled for Sunday August 28, 2016 at ***8:00 PM ET***. Meeting will be conducted through a Citrix Go-To-Meeting interface. Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information will be distributed via email to members upon request to board@lpradicalcaucus.org. Non-members will be disconnected from the meeting unless there is unanimous consent of all members present to allow attendance and observation by any non-member.

    'Members' are those signed up through our website:

    http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/join

    Agenda includes:

    -Approval of board minutes (8/21/16)

    -Candidate Endorsements (if any)

    -Candidate Financial Support

    -Committees (Bylaws Review, Goals, Endorsement Review, Outreach, Platform)

    -State Coordinator updates (if anything not covered within last few meetings)

    -State Coordinator appointments (if any)

    -LNC update (if anything not covered at last meeting)

    -Other Items as Needed (members may suggest)

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    Principled Pragmatism: Reframing the Debate

    Principled Pragmatism: Reframing the Debate

    By: Clayton Hunt

    In the wake of the nomination of Johnson/Weld for the Libertarian Party 2016 ticket, there have been many that have felt left out of the party, as foreseen by Caryn Ann Harlos in her nominating speech for Will Coley there is a faction of party members that are discontented and are still critical of the ticket. In response many Johnson supporters have deemed them “purists” and “unrealistic” claiming that while Johnson and Weld have flaws in their adherence to the principles of libertarianism, they are the pragmatic choice to represent the party as a radical calling for immediate drastic changes would scare off voters back into the folds of the old parties, or into the unrelenting embrace of political apathy that seems to hold much of the nation.

    Though I believe the animosity is rooted in the schism of wonk vs. geek it does raise the question: is someone who is a “purist” or “radical” excluded from being pragmatic? Mike Shipley in the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus members group raised the salient point that no, there is no requirement that a principled libertarian cannot be pragmatic. In fact, it is a strict adherence to the principles that is pragmatic. Radicals don’t go out and work for the party to have a small debate club, or to just recreate it into a think tank, we also aren’t “afraid of winning” either, we just share David Nolan's consideration as to the importance of putting up candidates to properly communicate the message of libertarianism. Would I, and many other radicals push Rothbard’s Button? Of course, until my fingers bled, but even Rothbard, an influential early member of the party laid out that “There is not a single abolitionist who would not grab a feasible method, or a gradual gain if it came his way. The difference is that the abolitionist always holds high the banner of his ultimate goal, never hides his basic principles, and wishes to get to his goal as fast as humanly possible. Hence, while the abolitionist will accept a gradual step in the right direction if that is all that he can achieve, he always accepts it grudgingly, as merely a first step toward a goal which he always keeps blazingly clear. The abolitionist is a "button pusher" who would blister his thumb pushing a button that would abolish the State immediately if such a button existed. But the abolitionist also knows that alas, such a button does not exist and that he will take a bit of the loaf if necessary – while always preferring the whole loaf if he can achieve it.” So it is not a case of whether or not one can accept gradual pragmatism, but whether one is willing to openly admit their ultimate goal of true liberty, or even don’t share that same goal. As in the big tent of the libertarian party, there are those who may not be able to accept the exiting of the state from one sector or another, to use the “libertarian train” metaphor, they just will be getting off at an earlier stop.

    Our approach is to openly admit our goals and educate others to hopefully see what we believe and eventually agree with us. But this isn’t just the work of a think tank, this is the necessary work it will take to forge a political base that will make the Libertarian Party a major player in politics across the nation. While protest votes due to the old parties’ putting up arguably the worst candidates in recent history is a promising feat, bound to give us results like never before, it takes education and differentiation to retain voters and grow the base of reliable Libertarian support. So the Radicals will continue on demanding a world set free in our lifetime, and be planting trees whose shade we may never sit under because Rothbard’s Button doesn’t exist.

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