Why Be Libertarian?
for a Libertarian Victory
Importance of the Caucus
does not show an author, but clearly draws upon Rothbard, if it
was not written by him. Sections 1 and 2 are quoted in his
For A New Liberty
on Strategy for the Libertarian Party
by the National Committee, October 2, 1977
must hold high the banner of pure principle, and never compromise
world embodying the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles.
We must work to achieve our pure goal. The moral imperative
of libertarian principle demands that tyranny, injustice, the
absence of full liberty, and violation of rights continue no
Any intermediate demand must be treated, as it is in the Libertarian
Party Platform, as pending achievement of the pure goal and
inferior to it. Therefore, any such demand should be presented
as leading toward our ultimate goal, not as an end in itself.
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.
Achieving liberty must be our overriding goal.
must not commit ourselves to any particular order of destatization,
for that would be construed as our endorsing the continuation
of statism and the violation of rights. Since we must never
be in the position of advocating the continuation of tyranny,
we should accept any and all destatizing measures wherever and
whenever we can.
goal of liberty must always be the important consideration,
not organizations or activities themselves. In short, the means
must never be allowed to become ends in themselves.
our goals and principles are radical enough, we should avoid
alienation of people by the form of our presentation
or by our image. In short, our content should be embodies in
an image appropriate to our status as a national party aiming
to become a new majority. We must bear in mind, however, that
we must always distinguish ourselves from the conservative movement
and emphasize that we are not on the left-right political spectrum.
should be no endorsement of candidates who are not libertarian.
detailed study should be made of setting up guidelines for Libertarian
Party candidate who will be elected to administrative or legislative
offices. Should they accept salaries, should they vote consistently
on every measure, etc.?