A Bi-Monthly Newsletter
THE Libertarian Forum
Joseph R.Peden, Publisher Murray N. Rothbard, Editor
VOLUME XU NUMBER 3 MAY-JUNE, 1979 Page 6
LP Radical Caucus Formed
One of the healthlest and most inspiring developments in the Libertarian Party in a long time has been the formation and
growth of its Radical Caucus. The Radical caucus, which will receive its permanent form at the September convention, is
designed not to split the LP, but to unify the party around radical and hardcore libertarian programs. Founded and so far
centered in San Francisco, the Radical Caucus is in the process of forming chapters throughout the country.
Founder of the Radical Caucus is San Francisco activist Justin Raimondo, an official of the Students for a Libertarian
Society, who edits the exciting and professionally put together tabloid organ of the Caucus, the Libertarian Vanguard.
Governing body of the LPRC is its Central Committee, which now consists of Raimondo; Robert Costello, executive
director of the California Libertarian Party; Eric Garris, an official of SLS and LP v~ce-chairman for Northern California;
Jonnie Gilman, head of Gilman Graphics; Bill Evers, editor of Inquiry Magazine; free-lance economic writer Christopher
Weber; and Murray N. Rothbard.
The central committee has agreed upon 10 points as the basic set of principles which it will urge the Libertarian party to
adopt, maintain, and push forward.
The Statement of I0 Points follows:
The Radical Caucus of the Libertarian Party is dedicated to building the Libertarian party by emphasizing the following ten
1. Principled Mass Party -The Libertarian Party should be a mass- participation party operating in the electoral arena and
elsewhere, devoted to consistent libertarian principle, and committed to liberty and for all/
2. Resistance & the Oppressed -The Libertarian Party should make a special effort to recruit members from groups most
oppressed by the government so that the indignation of those who experience oppression is joined to that of those who
oppose oppression in principle. The Libertarian Party should never approve of the initiation of force, nor should it rule out
self-defense and resistence to tyranny.
3. Anti-State Coalition -The Radical Caucus agrees to the view, adopted by the Libertarian Party at its 1974 Dallas
convention, that for purposes of party programs and activities the issue of the ultimate legitimacy of government per se is
not relevant. We oppose all efforts to exclude either anarchists or minimal statists from party life.
4. Populism -The Libertarian Party should trust in and rely on the people to welcome a program of liberty and justice. The
Libertarian Party should always aim strategically at convincing the bulk of the people of the soundness of libertarian
5. No Compromise -The Radical Caucus insists that all reforms advocated by the Libertarian Party must diminish
governmental power and that no such reforms are to contradict the goal of a totally free society. Holding high our
principles means avoiding completely the quagmire of self-imposed, obligatory gradualism: We must avoid the view that,
in the name of fairness, abating suffering, or fulfilling expectations, we must temporize and stall on the road to liberty.
6. Anti-lmperialism and Centrality of Foreign Policy -Because the United States government aspires to world-wide control
of events, foreign policy is always potentially the most important issue of our time. The Libertarian Party should bring to
the public the truth about the U.S. government's major responsibility for the cold war and the continuing threat to world
peace posed by U.S. foreign policy. No one should be deceived by the notion that any government, like the American,
which has a relatively benign domestic policy, therefore has a relatively benign foreign policy. Our goal is to build an
international revolutionary libertarian movement, and our task is to hold up the banner of liberty so that all the world's
peoples and races can rally around it.
7. Mutual Disarmament -The Libertarian Party should support general, joint, and-complete disarmament down to police
levels. The Libertarian Party should be in the forefront of efforts to end policies that prepare for mass murder.
8. Rights Are Primary -The central commitment of the Libertarian Party will have to reflect the higher costs of doing
business there and the must be to individual liberty on the basis of rights and moral principle, and not on the basis of
economic cost-benefit estimates.
9. Power Elite Analysis -American society is divided into a government- oppressed class and a government-privileged class
and is ruled by a power elite. Libertarian Party strategy and pronouncements should reflect these facts.
10. Land Reform -Because of past land theft and original claims not based on homesteading, many landholdings in
America are illegitimate. The Libertarian Party in cases of theft (for example, from the Native Americans and chicanos)
should support restoration to the victims or their heirs and in cases of invalid claims should advocate reopening the land for
As to the status of these points in the Party at this juncture, some points are now in force and need, in varying degree to be
fought for and maintained. Party practice includes Point 1. The strategically vital Point 3 detente between the anarchists
and minimal statists has been in force since 1974. Probably most of the party would back Point 4, but it needs to be
consciously held.Point 5 has been adopted by the National Committee of the LP, but this of course does not mean that it
had totally conquered the party. Opportunism, especially as we get stronger, is bound to rear its ugly head time and again.
Point 7 has been in the platform for two years, but needs to be fought for to be retained. Most LPers are undoubtedly
committed to Point 8. Point 10 is partially in the platform now. The rest of the land reform-homesteading plank needs to be
incorporated into the LP platform and policy. Point 2 greatly needs implementation. While the LP has pretty thoroughly
adopted a non-interventionist foreign policy, it is a long way from adopting Point 6's emphasis on the major
responsibility of the U.S. for the cold war, or the centrality of non-intervention and anti-imperialism as political issues for
libertarians. Also, the LP is a long way from incorporating libertarian class analysis into its mode of thinking.
All in all, a pretty good showing for the LP, and this -along with the formation of the Radical Caucus -is good reason for
optimism as we approach, at this writing, the mammoth convention in September.