LPRC - 2020 Presidential Candidate Grading Summary

The Board of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus voted on Wednesday (5/13/2020) to "grade" several of the best candidates running for the LP's nomination for president or vice president.

Points were awarded for:

- the alignment of their stated positions with the goals and platform of the LPRC,

- their effectiveness in presenting those positions,

- and application of libertarian principles in their campaigns.  

Candidates for both offices were graded on similar criteria, and below are listed together because it is often the case that a candidate for president will end up becoming a candidate for vice president -- but candidates thought to be seeking only the vice presidential nomination are noted with "(vp)".

Vohra, Arvin - A
Cohen, Spike (vp) - A
Kokesh, Adam - B
Behrman, Dan - B
Jorgensen, Jo - B
McAfee, John (vp) - B
Monds, John - B
Supreme, Vermin - B
Hornberger, Jacob - C
Gray, Jim - D
Amash, Justin - D
Sharpe, Larry (vp) - D
Ogle, James - F
Exotic, Joe - F

[Note that there are other candidates seeking the Libertarian Party's nomination than the above. They were not graded due to one or more of the following: a) They did not answer our request for information; b) We were not otherwise aware of their campaign positions; and/or c) They were too far afield from the Radical Caucus' stated goals that our Board members felt it inappropriate to invest our time in rating them.]

Best wishes to all of the candidates who are working hard to secure the Libertarian Party's nomination, and for doing their best to persuade more Americans of the necessity of adopting Libertarian solutions for current issues.

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LPRC Endorsement: Spike Cohen for Vice President

May 11, 2020 -- The Board of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus voted to formally endorse Spike Cohen for Vice President of the United States.

He is principled, committed, and unapologetically radical. A real libertarian!

Best wishes to Spike!

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Find your voice. Join us.

All people really need is for #TheViolentState to just get out of the way.

Libertarians: The only 100% "abolish all the things" party.

VOTE LIBERTARIAN * http://www.LP.org/ * 800-ELECT-US

Join the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus
http://www.LPRadicalCaucus.org/

Abolish power. Live Free.
#Libertarian #LibertarianParty #LPRadicalCaucus
#RepealTheState #NoCoercion #LeavePeopleAlone

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STRATTON: Leviathan Has Killed an Innocent Man

Words can’t describe how heavy my heart is right now.

The (not so great) State of Alabama has put to death a man innocent of the crimes he was charged with. I have strong empathy for the anguish his family and friends must be enduring. One can hardly imagine the stress and hopelessness Nathaniel Woods and those close to him felt as his fate was sealed, contrary to justice.

I have no moral objection to the death penalty; some people may deserve to die. I have a strong moral objection to the State doing it, they so often get it wrong as they did in the case of Nathaniel Woods. It has been estimated in the last 35 years at least 50 innocent people have been put to death in the United States. Does this sound like justice? What happened to the old maxim of our common law as described by William Blackstone:

"Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer." Benjamin Franklin even went further "it is better a hundred guilty persons should escape than one innocent person should suffer."

As in the case of Nathaniel Woods we can see the State and its enforcement system, misnamed the justice system, is more interested in procedure, self-promotion for its agents, and power, than right or wrong.

This is why I wholly support the Libertarian Party Plank on the death penalty and the Radical Caucus’s planks on justice. We simply do not believe the State should kill people in the name of justice. When mistakes are made, and an innocent person loses their life, there is no possible way to come back from that injustice.

My hope is we the people put enough pressure on the States that they will be forced to end these horrific practices, no matter what their political ideology may be.

If you are interested in helping myself and others put an end to these tragedies, please work with us in the Libertarian Party and in the LP Radical Caucus.

Rob Stratton, Chairman

LP Radical Caucus
Libertarian Party activist
Whatcom County LP Chair

 

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Notice of 04-21-2019 LPRC Board Meeting

The next meeting of the LPRC is scheduled for Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 8:00PM ET. Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface. Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed 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 preliminary agenda is here.  Previous meeting minutes can be found here.

LPRC Board Meeting 
Sun, April 21, 2018 at 8pm ET

Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416
Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416.

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Volunteer Invitation: LPRC Secretary

If you have been thinking of getting more involved in the Radical Caucus, we have a golden opportunity: We need a Secretary!

Kim Ruff has been serving as our secretary for a few months, but as her campaign for PRESIDENT (!!) heats up, she needs to focus on it, so she has stepped aside for someone who can concentrate on the job.

Our next meeting is scheduled for next Sunday, March 17, beginning at 8:00 pm Eastern.  At that time, the Board will be considering volunteers to serve as the Secretary.

[Other offices may also be considered also, as all officer appointments are at-will and a motion to assign a new officer can be made in any Board meeting.]

Here is the full meeting announcement.

All officer positions were fully intended to rotate frequently among LPRC membership. The LPRC Bylaws were written that way on purpose.  In the LPRC, the Board is the entity that makes decisions, as opposed to any one officer.

Here is what our Bylaws say about officers, with the subsection about the chair's position:

C. Board Officers

The Board may appoint Officers, such as a Board Chairman and others, as needed. Examples of other positions may include Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers shall serve at the pleasure of the board and may be replaced at any time. There shall be no set term. New appointments to officer positions including chair may be made at any Board meeting by a simple majority vote.

Being appointed to a Board Officer position does not confer voting rights. Unless a Board Officer is also a Director, the Officer does not have a vote.

3. Duties of the Secretary

The Secretary shall take and distribute minutes of all Board meetings and of all LPRC general meetings at which official Party business is conducted. The Secretary shall be responsible for official LPRC correspondence as is required. The Secretary shall maintain a register of LPRC non­-voting, Annual, and Permanent members and shall be responsible (in coordination with the Treasurer) for insuring the accuracy and completeness of all LPRC membership and mailing lists. If the Chairman and Vice Chairman are not present at a meeting, the Secretary shall perform the duties of Chairman In addition, the Secretary shall carry out such other duties as may be requested by the Board.

A Secretary's primary goal should be to ensure that the Party's records have their i's dotted and their t's crossed.  Think you can help with those functions?

Want a nice title to impress your friends?

Then consider volunteering to become the Secretary of the LP Radical Caucus.

Attend the meeting on March 17, 2019.  Hope to see YOU there!

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Notice of 03.17.2019 LPRC Board Meeting

The next meeting of the LPRC Board of Directors is scheduled for Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET. Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface. Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed 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. Previous meeting minutes can be found here

LPRC Board Meeting 
Sun, March 17, 2018 at 8pm ET

Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416
Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416. 

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Notice of 2019-02-10 LPRC Board Meeting

A Board meeting of the LP Radical Caucus is scheduled for Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 8:00PM ET. Meeting will be conducted through the Zoom! interface. Members of the LPRC are encouraged to attend - log in information viewed 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.  In order to obtain consent, you must allow your identity to be shown on the meeting interface, and you will be called upon.

'Members' are those signed up through our website.

A copy of the Basic Agenda (subject to changes as the meeting approaches) can be found here.

Previous meeting minutes can be found here.

Log in at https://zoom.us/j/261719416

Call in at 1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 261719416.

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Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Endorses and Funds Candidates for Second Year in a Row

In 2016, just barely over six months since its formal organization the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus (LPRC) disbursed $2208.71 to radical candidates and endorsed many more. Continuing in this commitment, the LPRC has distributed $1,500 to radical candidates in partisan races for the 2017 elections, split amongst three candidates, for a donation of $500.00 each.

The funded candidates were Dr. Joe Buchman (US House, 3rd District, UT), Brian Shields (State Representative, NH), and Matthew Wallace (Sheriff of Delaware County, PA).

Additionally the LPRC endorsed Jennifer Moore (Upper Providence Township Auditor, PA) and Michael Stapleton (Pueblo City Council, CO). Moore requested that any contribution be given to the 2018 candidate fund, and Stapleton was running in a non-partisan race.

Monies have already been put aside for the funds to support 2018 candidates.

Although formally organized in 2016, 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 and amended as part of the Dallas Accord at the 1974 Libertarian National Convention. The LPRC was active during the 2016 National Convention and continues on its mission of re-radicalizing the Party and further to promote a clear, radical vision of libertarianism through education and electoral advocacy both within the LP and outside of it. 

For more information visit the LPRC website at http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org and to join visit http://www.lpradicalcaucus.org/join. To ask questions and determine if the LPRC is a good fit for you, join their radical and radical-curious Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2497146127/.

Further inquiries may be directed to board@lpradicalcaucus.org.

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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 Radicals 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:

 

"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?"

 

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.

A state coordinator should also send out via email a monthly newsletter.  These can be done via plaintext email or fancier:0

LPRC Arizona email Newsletter (PDF)

LPRCColorado email Newsletter (via Mailchimp)

Don't set up a "discussion group".  They are generally time sinks, and besides that there already is one - the LP Radical Caucus Facebook group.  Keep your state page more to radical business within your state. We need action much more than discussion!

Members of the Radical 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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