Radical Caucus Bylaws
1. NAME, AFFILIATION, AND MISSION
A. Name: The name of this organization shall be the LIBERTARIAN PARTY RADICAL CAUCUS (LPRC).
B. Affiliation: The LPRC is intended to operate as an independent committee in support of the U.S. Libertarian Party (LP) and LP members and candidates.
C. Mission Statement: The LPRC exists to promote a clear, radical vision of libertarianism through education and electoral advocacy both within the LP and outside of it in accordance with these 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.
SHORT VERSION 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.
2. MEMBERSHIP IN THE LPRC -
A. Membership Qualifications & Eligibility A member must meet the following requirements. Â· Pay dues or fulfill volunteer time requirements as set by the Caucus Plan by a majority of the officers. Â· Maintain at least Sustaining Membership in the National LP. Â· Maintain dues-paid membership status in the resident state affiliate of the LP when applicable. Â· Affiliate with and represent himself as a member of the Libertarian Party.
B. Nondiscrimination The LPRC does not condone bigotry. The LPRC welcomes all individuals who agree with the stated political goals of the LPRC to become members of the LPRC. The LPRC does not discriminate based on age, income, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, or gender identity.
C. Membership Privileges Members may vote on matters before any LPRC meeting, or any membership vote called for by the Board within the terms set by the Caucus Plan. Members must recuse themselves from voting on issues where they have a financial interest or professional conflict of interest. Voting privileges start
D. Resignation As a voluntary society, the LPRC recognizes the right of all members to remove themselves from the LPRC membership by tendering their resignation, in writing, to the LPRC Secretary. Resignation from the LPRC shall have no effect on State or National LP membership status. The LPRC shall automatically presume a member who self-represents as a member of political party other than the LP, casts a vote in the internal affairs or elections of another party, or who publicly endorses the candidate(s) of another party, has ipso facto resigned as a member of the LPRC effective as of the date of such representation or endorsement. The LPRC shall automatically presume a member who self-represents as a member of an LP caucus that stands in opposition to the goals of the LPRC has ipso facto resigned as a member of the LPRC effective as of the date of such representation or endorsement. The Secretary shall preserve any evidence of such representation by inserting a copy in the Minutes of the next Board meeting. No trial or formal consideration (by vote) of expulsion is required; only the recordation of evidence. Any member who resigns in this manner may rejoin the LPRC by paying LPRC dues and issuing a public statement formally withdrawing support of the other caucus, political party and/or candidate. For a person who has resigned and rejoined in this manner, membership shall be nonvoting for the first 90 days after rejoining.
E. Expulsion Any member of the LPRC may be expelled from the LPRC for cause, including public advocacy of goals in opposition to the goals of the LPRC, during any General or Special meeting of the LPRC. A member must be notified in writing at least seven days in advance of a meeting that such a motion will be presented. A member may address the board in their defense for a period not to exceed 15 minutes. A member is expelled by a simple majority vote of all present board members. Expulsion from the LPRC shall have no effect on State or National LP membership.
PUT IN DUES, PUT IN CLAUSE WHEN VOTING STARTS, PUT IN HOW MUCH MONEY WILL BE SPENT WHERE
NEED TO PUT IN CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP
Voting members: $100 a year, $10/month, or 10 hours of RC work approved by the Board.
Associate Membership: $25 annual.
Basic Membership: Be a known member of the Facebook group.
Sign form agreeing to the RC agenda.
Buy-in at $100 and at least three months of known membership prior to the biennial convention.
Board of 5
Lifetime membership on Board:
Susan Hogarth, Marc Montoni, Paul Frankel
RC Platform Committee
Robert Jim Fulner, Jim Fulton, James Gholston, Susan Hogarth, Steve Scheetz, Doug Craig, Caryn, Daryl.