Libertarian Party Radical Caucus (2006)
The Libertarian Party Radical Caucus (LPRadicals) is a caucus formed in 2006 within the United States Libertarian Party by Susan Hogarth, Marc Montoni, Morey Straus, and other party members who opposed removal of much of the material in the Party platform during the Portland Massacre at the 2006 National Party convention.
After a decade of being very loosely organized, it restructured with bylaws and a board in 2016. It has since endorsed and made contributions to candidates, produced buttons and brochures, and made recommendations for bylaws and platform at national conventions.
Radical Caucus Key Points
The Radical Caucus believes these four points are key strategic principles in furthering the work of the Libertarian Party toward, as our platform describes it, "a world set free in our lifetime".
Rights Are Utilitarian: The central commitment of the Libertarian Party should be to individual liberty. Our goal should be to illustrate convincingly that there is no essential separation between rights and utilitarianism - that is, the morally correct choice will always yield the most benefit for the greatest number of people.
Radical Abolitionism: As the word radical means "going to the root" of something, radical Libertarians should not merely propose small changes to the status quo and debate the fine points of government policy with the opponents of freedom. Instead, Libertarians must always make clear that the outright removal of the injustice and interference of the State is our ultimate goal. Speaking from our basic principles avoids the quagmire of self-imposed, obligatory gradualism. Rather than offering compromise, we should demand what we really seek -- a free society -- and let our opponents offer the compromises.
Principled Populism: 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 justice for all. The Libertarian Party should trust in and rely on individuals to welcome a program of liberty and justice and should always aim to convince people of the soundness of libertarian principles. Simply repeating our basic principles and not proposing transition measures is ineffective in the short run because only a small part of the populace is interested in liberty in the abstract, and hiding or abandoning our principled positions is ineffective in the long run because it fails to sustain us as a movement and attract and retain new Libertarians.
No Particular Order: The removal of one harmful government policy should never be held hostage for the removal of another, as this throws self-imposed barriers in the path of liberty and removes potential pressures for change. For example, saying that borders may be opened only after welfare is eliminated is unacceptable; the proper position is to push for both changes. Should we succeed in achieving open borders only to find that welfare burdens are increased, this should be used as an additional argument to abolish welfare.
The LP Radical Caucus Believes:
The Libertarian Party should support individual liberty because it's the right thing to do, and because it's the best way to benefit the greatest number of people.
The Libertarian Party is the only political party that traditionally advocates for real freedom from government interference. We should emphasize this revolutionary approach rather than watering it down with such uninspiring language as the current slogan "Smaller Government... Lower Taxes... More Freedom..." which is a de facto endorsement of the status quo.
Our language should inspire by reflecting our goals, not the compromises we may have to accept on the way to gaining them. The Libertarian Party should be active in all areas of the political sphere with the expectation that individuals who hear and understand our message of freedom and the steps we can take today to increase liberty will choose to join enthusiastically in our journey.
The Libertarian Party should always steadfastly oppose harmful government policies, regardless of any promise that supporting one bad policy will ensure that another is abolished.
Radical Caucus Platform
Board, Officers, and Other Position Holders
- Erin Adams, OK (?, 2018-?)
- Phillip Anderson, WI (2016-2017?)
- Tom Arnold, TN (2018-2929), Branding (2018-2020), Bylaws (2018-2019)
- C James Brandmair, SC (2017-2018)
- Steve Brenneis, NC (2017-) Endorsements (2017-)
- Tarnell Brown, GA (2018-), Vice Chair (2018-2020), Branding (2018-), Bylaws (2018-2019)
- Conor Burns, MT (2017-)
- Kurtis Caldwell, SC (2017-)
- Bowen Chapel, KS (2016-)
- Alex Coe, FL (2016-2017?), Platform (2016-2017)
- Doug Craig, GA (2016?-2017)
- Tyler Danke, Chair (2018), Secretary (2018)
- Chris Davis, VA (2017-)
- Joe Dehn, CA (2018-), Platform (2018-2019), Endorsements (2018-)
- Tiffany Diaz De Leon, Platform (2018-2019)
- David Demarest, NE (2016-), Goals (2016), Outreach (2016-2018), Endorsements (2018-), Bylaws (2018-2019)
- Sarah Ellsworth, CO (2017-)
- Richard Fast, LA (2017-2018), AL (2018-?), Platform (2018-2019)
- Greg Faust, Goals (2016), PA (2016-2017), Outreach (2016-2018), Chair (2016-2017?), Platform (2016-2017)
- Pat Ford, RI (2018?-), Outreach (2018?-)
- Paulie Frankel, AL (2016?-?)
- Jim Fullner, At Large (2016-2018), Platform (2015-2016)
- Nathan Gall, WI (2016?-2019), Branding (2018-2019)
- James Gholston, At Large (2016-), Platform (2015-2016), Bylaws Review (2016), TX (2016-2018), Branding (2016-present), Materials (2018-)
- Don Graham, MA (2016?-?)
- Marcel Graugnard, LA (2016-?), Chair (?-2018)
- Angela Gross, secretary (2017-2018)
- David Haglund, Endorsements (2016), MI (2016-2018), Goals (2016)
- Caryn Ann Harlos, CO (2016-2017), Platform (2015-2016), Bylaws Review (2016), Platform (2016-2017), Branding (2016-2018)
- Eric Harris, Web Volunteer (2016), Secretary (2016?-2018), IN (2017-2018)
- Susan Jane Hogarth, co-founder, founder [board position] (2016-2018), At Large (2018-), Endorsements (2016), Platform (2015-2016), NC (2016), Branding (2016-2017?)
- Amy Lamont, Branding (2016-2018?), NC (2016-?)
- Ben Leder, TX (2018-2019), Platform (2018-2019), Endorsements (2018-2019), Bylaws (2018-2019)
- Jake Leonard, Brand Page (2016)
- Elishiva Levin, NM (2016-2017)
- Daniel Lewis, TN (2016?-2017)
- Tom Maciejewski, NJ (2017-?)
- Adam Magoon, NY (2017-?)
- Trevol Massey, Endorsements (2016?-?)
- Jon Mohler, OH (2017-2018)
- Marc Montoni, co-founder, founder [board position] (2016-2018), At Large (2018-), Platform (2015), Goals (2016), Chair (2016, 2018), Bylaws (2018-2019)
- Anna Mosashvili, At-Large (2020-?), Vice Chair (2020)
- Darryl Perry, NH (2016), Platform (2015-2016), Bylaws Review (2016)
- Brett Powell OK (2016-?)
- Aaron Ramos, TX (2019?-)
- Kim Ruff, Endorsements Chair (2016), AZ (2016-?, 2018-?, 2020-), Platform (2016-2017), Secretary (2016?-2017, 2018), Vice Chair (2017, 2018)
- Steve Scheetz, Treasurer (2016-2020), PA (2016, 2017-2018), Endorsements (2016), Goals (2016), Platform (2016-2017)
- Tyler Smith, Secretary (2020)
- Starchild, At Large (2018-2019), Platform (2018-2019)
- Thomas Strang, Endorsements (2016)
- Rob Stratton, WA (2017-), chair (2019-2020?)
- Morey Strauss, co-founder
- John Sullivan, MN (2016?-2020?)
- Shane Sweeny, SC (2018-)
- Karl Tatgenhorst, IN (2016-2017), Outreach (2016-2017)
- Ryan Thornton, AK (2017-?)
- Jon Watts, AK (2019-2020?)
- Mark West, AR (2016-?), Goals (2016)
- Russ Wood, FL (2017-?)
- Mark West (US Congress, AR District 1)
- Darryl Perry (President, pre-nomination)
- Will Coley (Vice President, pre-nomination)
- Steve Scheetz (US Congress, PA District 8)
- Richard Longstreth (US Congress, CO District 2)
- Jim Fullner (County Commissioner, CO District 19)
- Kim Ruff (Arizona State Mine Inspector)
- Tom Bagwell (US Congress Michigan 12)
- Erin Adams Oklahoma State House 33rd District
- Peter Rohrman Bergan County (NJ) Freeholder
- Jeff Hetrick US Congress NJ 33
- John Jascob Regent, University of Michigan
- Robert Allen Pepiton II Arizona State House 27th District -- RESCINDED
- Scotty Boman Michigan Board of Education -- RESCINDED
- Chris Cole NC Senate 41st District
- Clark Patterson US Congress TX 17th District
- Michael Seebeck Colorado House 21st District
- Michelle Gregoire Michigan State Representative -- SUSPENDED; Not reinstated?
- Paotie Dawson Colorado State Representative
- Tyler Palmer Michigan State Representative 93rd District
- Kerry McKennon Texas Lt Governor
- Shawn Jones 30th Congress (Texas)
- Danny Bedwell US Senate (Mississippi)
- Brian Ellison 8th Cogress (Michigan)
- Eric Harris Elkhart County Council District 2
- Matt Savino Texas House District 10
- Michael Stapleton Univrsity of Colorado Regent, District 3
- Darryl Perry New Hampshire State Rep
- Eric Mulder Arapaho Colorado Sheriff
- The State Sucks! (2016)
- Thanking Darryl Perry for running for the Presidential nomination (2016)
Early 2016 Logo
(earlier versions of this from later on in 2016 used the Verlag and Chivo typefaces instead of Roboto 2014)
2019 Logo Revision
Table at California Convention 2021
Other Radical Caucuses
A caucus calling itself the radical caucus (lowercase) was active from 1972 to sometime in the mid 1970s and was created by Samuel Edward Konkin III. SEK3 indicated that it was dissolved in 1974, but people continued to refer to themselves as members of the Radical Caucus afterward, and with the exodus of those wanting to dissolve the Libertarian Party and refuse to vote, it's possible that the post-1974 flavor of this caucus was more in line with subsequent radical caucuses.
The second Radical Caucus was founded by Justin Raimondo, Eric Garris, and Bob Costello in 1979 in order "to unify the party around radical and hardcore libertarian programs." Raimondo led the caucus from inception until he abandoned the Libertarian Party in 1983. That Radical Caucus was dissolved in 1984.
The Rothbard Caucus was a previous attempt to resurrect the 1979-1984 Radical Caucus started by 2004.