Mises Caucus

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Mises Caucus
General Information
Chartered: 2017
Chair: Michael Heise
Secretary: David Hynes
Treasurer: Kyle Burton
Website: Website
Social Media
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Twitter: Twitter
Instagram: Instagram

The Libertarian Party Mises Caucus was founded in 2017 by Michael Heise and other Libertarians to promote Austrian economics within the Libertarian Party, to stress the importance of sound economics as critical to the Libertarian Party message, and to advocate applying the science of human action—praxeology—in Libertarian Party efforts to counter the statism of both Democrats and Republicans.[1]

The Platform of the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus

The following are the planks of the platform the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus:

Statement of Purpose: Our purpose is to promote economic literacy within the Libertarian Party as taught by the Austrian school of economics, to stress the importance of sound economics as critical to the Libertarian Party message, and to advocate applying the science of human action—praxeology—in Libertarian Party efforts to counter the statism of both Democrats and Republicans. We promote opposition to war, advocacy of decentralization, and privatization both politically and monetarily as the highest priority issues for all libertarians. As a community and work culture, our emphasis is on coalition building- working together on things which we agree, in order to achieve political objectives in the real world and expose non-libertarians to the superiority of governance by the market instead of the State.

Plank 1 – Property Rights: We recognize the right to property as natural and self-evident, and advocate private property rights from both an ontological and utilitarian perspective. We affirm that private property rights extend from self-ownership and the scarcity inherent to our material existence. We condemn all fraud and initiatory violence towards a person’s life, liberty, and property. We contend that private property is the best way to reduce and reconcile conflict between individuals. We advocate non-corporatist privatization wherever possible. We categorically reject socialism, defined as the non-private collective ownership of resources.

Plank 2 – Economics: Economics is the study of human action in the context of scarcity. We recognize the Austrian School of Economics as the preeminent body of economic science, whose analysis acts as a polestar, informing and under-girding libertarian political prescriptions.

Plank 3 – Money: We reject all forms of State intervention into monies and currencies, with the understanding that competing monies are the cornerstone of a functional economy. We define State intervention to include, but not be limited to, private or public central banking, State issue of currency, banking regulations, the State making purchases of monies, currencies, stocks, bonds, treasuries, or specie, and legal tender laws. We support the aggression-free competition and proliferation of free market monies and currencies in all their forms.

Plank 4 – Decentralization: We recognize that freedom of association manifests itself politically in the form of absolute right of self-determination. We support decentralization – subsidiarity, secession, nullification, and localism – of political units all the way down to the individual as a means of expanding choice and competition in governance for all individuals. We recognize and affirm that the State is not the same thing as governance.

Plank 5 – War: We advocate the abolition of empire including ending the terror war, bringing all the troops home, and closing at least all foreign bases. We advocate a policy of armed neutrality in all conflicts where we are not directly attacked, and the transition of defense and security services from the State to the free market whenever and however feasible, including the abolition of gun control laws. We advocate peace and trade with all, alliances with none. We support the precipitous reduction of nuclear arms. We reject non-defensive war against state actors, and reject war as a means of pursuing justice against non-state aggressors. We reject first-use of sanctions, being a form of siege and therefore an act of war. We reject the subsidy of business through taxpayer funded security and intelligence services. We reject the State’s use of proxy entities to perform any of these activities.

Plank 6 – Lifestyle Choices: We take no stance on the personal, cultural, or social preferences of individuals or groups. One’s lifestyle is merely an extension of their property rights. Thus, no individual or group can rightfully claim jurisdiction over the lifestyle of another. We assert only that any and all lifestyle choices must not violate the property rights of others.

Plank 7 – Identity Politics: We categorically reject all forms of identity politics as nothing more than weaponized tribal collectivism that is antithetical to individualism.

Plank 8 – Omissions: Our silence about any other particular government law, regulation, ordinance, directive, edict, control, regulatory agency, activity, or machination should not be construed to imply approval. We seek to enunciate our top priorities, not the entirety of our positions.

State Teams

The Libertarian Party Mises Caucus has teams established in many of the states. The following is the current list of state team leaders[2]:

Region 1 Organizer (AK,AZ, CO, HI, ID, KS, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY): Miguel Duque, Martin Funkhowzer

Region 2 Organizer (FL, GA, TN): Dave Benner

Region 3 Organizer (IN, KY, MI, OH): Conner Nepomuceno

Region 4 Organizer (CA): Angela McArdle

Region 5 Organizer (DE, DC, MD, NC, PA, SC, VA, WV): Andrew Watkins

Region 6 Organizer (IL, IA, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI): Joseph Ecklund

Region 7 Organizer (AL, AR, LA, MS, OK, TX): Linnea Gabbard

Region 8 Organizer (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT): Harrison Kemp

  1. Alabama: Anthony Peebles and Tom Hopf
  2. Alaska: James Ashton and Adam Scwemley
  3. Arizona: Keith Gallardo and Adam Snell
  4. Arkansas: Ben Smith, Matthew Mears, and Linnea Gabbard
  5. California: Angela McArdle, Brandon Nelson, Matthew Ryan Butts, Ryan Lopez, and Samuel Ulloa
  6. Colorado: Kyle Furey, Martin Funkhowzer, and Andy Buchkovich
  7. Connecticut: Lance Leduc, Stephen Dincher, and Matt Lup
  8. Delaware: Dave Casey, Lee Tark, and Chris Velrath
  9. Florida: Celicia Slafter, Hector Roos, Lisa Gansky, Mike Rufo, Mitchell Wiecek, Patrick Leistner, Rich Perez, Robert Vinson, and Tim Crosby
  10. Georgia: Marc Douglass, Bobby Rouse, and Thomas Nickles
  11. Hawaii:
  12. Idaho: Aaron Manson, A.J. Ellis, and David Hynes
  13. Illinois: Ben Baker, Ryan Mahoney, and Thomas Francis
  14. Indiana: Candace Alexander and Clyde Darrin Myers
  15. Iowa: Joseph Howe
  16. Kansas: Tim Giblin and Tabre Perez
  17. Kentucky: Randall Daniel and Jacob Clark
  18. Louisiana: Brandon Leleux
  19. Maine: Harrison Kemp, Jeremy Lizzotte, and Andy Bragg
  20. Maryland: Otto Dassing, Alex Schlegal, Tim Miller, and Chris Gannon
  21. Massachusetts: Brodi Elwood, Jason Brand, William Moberg, and Johnathan Drury
  22. Michigan: Connor Nepomuceno, Thomas Scott, Andrew Chadderdon, Joseph Hartman, and Steven Fox
  23. Minnesota: Jeremy Pollock and Derek James
  24. Mississippi:
  25. Missouri: Dustin Branneky, Robin Dominick, and Brian Meyers
  26. Montana: Montana Kruse and Jacob Kitson
  27. Nebraska: James Herrold
  28. Nevada: Charles Melchin, Matt Baldoni, Jeff Hurley, and Adam Sanacore
  29. New Hampshite: Benjamin Richards, Erik Sawyer, and JD Olitzky
  30. New Jersey: Mike Rufo, Michael Graves, and Nikhil Sureshkumar
  31. New Mexico: Michael Cordova, Lauren Cordova, and Stratton James-Davis
  32. New York: Justin Carman, Lisa Gansky, Michael Rebmann, and Andrew Nadeau
  33. North Carolina: Ryan Brown, Thomas Bivens, and Chase Roycroft
  34. North Dakota: Dylan Stuckey
  35. Ohio: Louran Schott, Drake Lundstrom, Dan Experience, and Taylor Magill
  36. Oklahoma: Kenn Williamson, Robert Lorrah, and Todd Hagopian
  37. Oregon: Ryan Tracy, Will Hobson, Nick Kostenborder, Willy Johnson, and Peter Vandenberg
  38. Pennsylvania: Michael Heise, Jeff Douglas, Luke Ensor, Marc Bozzacco, and Phil Krachun
  39. Rhode Island: Mike Rinaldi
  40. South Carolina: Kennan Dunham
  41. South Dakota:
  42. Tennessee: Sam Shaw, Brandon McNaughton, Dave Benner, and Nicholas Birkbichler
  43. Texas: Amy Brown, Colby Meise, Patrick Mitchell, Tim Cox, Brad Lammi, Daniel Lee, Nathan Pier, Joe Burnes, Clint Pohler, and Jeinay LeBlanc
  44. Utah: Phil Lammi, Tim Heise, and John Molnar
  45. Vermont: Archie Flower and Olga Mar
  46. Virginia: John Kennedy, Andrew Watkins, Paul Bracco, and Matthew French
  47. Washington: Whitney Davis, Miguel Duque, John Bowen, and Conor Kirkman
  48. West Virginia: Brianna Stock
  49. Wisconsin: James Reilly, Patrick MacFarlane, Joseph Ecklund, and Jacob Bodlig
  50. Wyoming:



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