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. The LPRC endorses the Libertarian Party's Statement of Principles and the Non-Aggression Principle.

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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  • Caucus Notices

    Notice of 07.23.17 Board Meeting

    A special Board meeting of the LPRC is scheduled for Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at ***8:00 PM ET***. Meeting will be conducted through a GoToMeeting interface. Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information can be seen below. 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

    A copy of the agenda can be found here.

    GoToMeeting information is below:
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/721431629 

    You can also dial in using your phone. 
    United States: +1 (312) 757-3121 

    Access Code: 721-431-629 

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    Notice of Membership Meeting and LNC By-Laws Committee Meeting

    Calling for Delegates and Volunteers!

    We are organizing for the 2018 national convention, and we need you! Please take a moment to answer this poll question regarding what level of involvement you plan to have at this time (you will need to be logged into Facebook to access).

    Membership Meeting

    The Libertarian Party Radical Caucus will be hosting its annual Membership Meeting for all voting members on Saturday, June 24, 2017.  The meeting will be held online via web conferencing service, Zoom.

    The Membership Meeting will be called to order at 2:00pm (14:00) EDT. It will be conducted in two sessions, each lasting two hours long, with a 30-minute recess between sessions. During this meeting, the Caucus will hear the report of the 2016-17 Platform Committee and consider amendments to the LPRC Platform. The meeting agenda also includes a variety of topics related to Caucus strategy, messaging, and the work of our various subcommittees. 

    All Radical Caucus members are encouraged to attend. Those classified as “voting members” will be eligible to vote on motions and business put forth during the meeting. Voting members are required to maintain membership in National and respective State parties and may be asked to provide supporting evidence.  The LPRC Convention Planning Committee proposed a set of standing rules that govern various aspects of the meeting. Please take a minute to review these rules ahead of time.

    In order to attend the meeting you are required to register in advance with the Zoom web conferencing service.  Registration is open NOW.  Upon registration you will be emailed a unique invitation that must be used to join the meeting and validate your identity on the day of the Membership Meeting.  Please protect the confidentiality of the link provided to you after registration.  The Credentials Officer will report a list of members qualified to vote at the start of the meeting and will announce an updated list at half hour intervals.

    IMPORTANT LINKS

    Convention pre-registration with Zoom

    Convention Agenda

    Platform Committee report

    Convention Standing Rules

    Convention Procedures

    LNC By-Laws Committee Hearing

    The LNC By-Laws Committee will be meeting June 22 at 9:00PM EDT. Details and registration instructions may be found at the following link: Hearing Invitation

    The purpose of this public hearing is to permit all members of the Libertarian Party to discuss with the current slate of Bylaws Committee Members for the 2017 - 18 cycle any proposals they have for addition, deletion, or amendment to the 2016 Convention Rules and Bylaws. These proposals will be discussed within the Bylaws Committee and those that pass committee will be recommended to the wider Libertarian Party membership during the 2018 National Convention for consideration, discussion, and possible adoption.

    We urge all members to attend the formal Hearing on Thursday in order to ensure radical voices and interests are represented.

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  • From the blog

    State Coordinators: Tips for Growing Your State Radical Caucus

    by Marc Montoni

    Why would anyone want to be an LPRC State Coordinator?

    Well, let's put it this way: Are you satisfied with always being outnumbered at the convention, by people who want to put a muzzle on you? Are you satisfied with atrocious candidates who run as "Libertarians" but who couldn't name an actual LIBERTARIAN position to save their life? Are you satisfied with atrocious candidates who run as "Libertarians" but who fraudulently promote things like sales taxes, chasing foreign warlords, and doing violence to the right of free association as supposedly "libertarian" positions?

    Well, those things are going to continue unless we change our numbers drastically.

    Being an LPRC State Coordinator is not intended to be just a nice title with no expectations or responsibility. It's not a reward for calling oneself a "Radical Libertarian".

    It's a WORK position, intended to change our numbers.

    As outlined in our bylaws [Section 6(c)], State Coordinators are responsible for:

    - promoting radical libertarianism and a radical vision for the Libertarian Party;

    - recruiting additional members to the LPRC;

    - recommending the formal endorsement by the LPRC Board of suitable candidates (for internal LP positions as well as for public office) in their state.

    Being appointed as a state coordinator for the Radical Caucus is not just a path to get a vote on Board matters.

    It means work.

    It means you are expected to recruit more members to the caucus each year and every year. It means you are expected to help us find the GOOD candidates for office. It means you are expected to guide the increase in Radical participation in your state party.

    In short, it means you are expected to be one of 50 or more catalysts to re-radicalize the Libertarian Party.

    You will be given a copy of LPRC members and prospective members in your state. Every one of those people in your state needs to be contacted on a monthly basis, preferably via some form of *personal* contact, such as a letter bearing a hand-written signature, or a phone call.

    Personal contact does not need to be complicated:

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    "Hi Joe, this is Jim Bob with the Pennsylvania Radical Caucus. Were you planning to attend the LPPA state committee meeting this Saturday?

    "In case you're interested, they have a position on the LPPA Platform Committee they will be filling, and I'd love to see a radical apply for it. By the way, I see that you're only one step away from being a full voting member in the LPRC. Would you like to make your support official by donating today?"

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    If your state caucus has a FB page, monthly send out a general "become a voting member" invitation, and directly message new likes asking them to join.

    We already have a "general discussion group", so keep your state page more to radical business within your state. We need action much more than discussion!

    The state caucus should be working to set the tone for their state party in terms of messaging. The LP has been largely overrun by Libertarian Lite advocates who think we must never talk about private roads, private police, and abolishing the income tax. The reason that messaging has infested the LP is because THAT'S WHO SHOWS UP.

    Your job as a state coordinator for the LPRC is to get radical libertarians to **show up** in greater numbers at state & local LP events. The ONLY way to make that happen is for YOU to talk to them -- and on a regular basis.

    Interested?

    Then volunteer.

     

    Qualifications to be a state coordinator:

    1 - Be a current, dues-paid national LP member.
    2 - Be a current, dues-paid state LP member.
    3 - Donate $100 or more of at least $10/month in dues to the LPRC (see http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/voting).

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    Libertarian Wing of the Libertarian Party Endorses, Funds Radical Candidates for Office

    Arlington, VA – The Libertarian Party Radical Caucus (LPRC), known as the “libertarian wing of the Libertarian Party”, announced today its endorsement of 19 candidates running for office on the Libertarian Party ticket during the 2016 election cycle. 

    The endorsed candidates are seeking positions at the local, state, and federal level. All were vetted by a subcommittee within the LPRC based on an analysis of their platform, positions, and anticipated policies. This process was designed to ascertain if their campaigns reflect core libertarian values as articulated in the LPRC’s own Platform and Mission.

    The LPRC was formed in 2006 by a core group of dedicated activists whose mission was to ensure the Libertarian Party remains true to its ideological foundation. At the core of the LPRC’s ideals is the Statement of Principles, authored by LP Founding Member and first Presidential Candidate, Dr. John Hospers, during the 1972 Libertarian National Convention. 

    Earlier this year, the LPRC formally adopted its own bylaws and platform before taking an active role at the 2016 Libertarian National Convention in Orlando. One of their many undertakings in the time since the Convention was to solicit, vet, and endorse Libertarian Party candidates, who are as follows:

    • Erin Adams, State House, District 33, Oklahoma
    • Phillip Anderson, US Senate, Wisconsin
    • Tom Bagwell, US House, District 12, Michigan
    • Jeffrey Blunt, US House, District 20, Texas
    • Chris Cole, State Senate, District 41, North Carolina
    • Paotie Dawson, State House, District 18, Colorado
    • Jocelyn Fry, State House, District 35, Iowa
    • R. Jim Fulner, County Commissioner, District 19, Michigan
    • Jeff Hetrick, US House, District 11, New Jersey
    • John Jascob, Regent, University of Michigan
    • Richard Longstreth, US House, District 2, Colorado
    • Sean O’Toole, State Treasurer, Missouri
    • Tyler Palmer, State House, District 93, Michigan
    • Clark Patterson, US House, District 17, Texas
    • Pete Rorhman, Bergen County Freeholder, New Jersey
    • Steve Scheetz, US House, District 8, Pennsylvania
    • Mike Seebeck, State House, District 21, Colorado
    • Nick Serianni, State Senate, District 6, Iowa
    • Mark West, US House, District 1, Arkansas

    Endorsed candidates who are current members of the LPRC were also entitled to an even disbursement of the funds in the LPRC’s Treasury earmarked for campaigns. The LPRC’s treasury is a combination of membership dues and donations. In accordance with their bylaws, 75% of the funds acquired by the LPRC are to be used specifically to assist candidates for office. During the 2016 Election Cycle, the LPRC was able to disburse $2208.71 amongst the designated candidates. 

    For more information visit the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus website or contact Kim Ruff, Secretary, at board@lpradicalcaucus.org

    View the official Press Release here.

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