|4th and 12th Chair of the |
Libertarian National Committee
|Preceded by||Steve Dasbach|
|Succeeded by||Jim Lark|
|Preceded by||Ed Crane|
|Succeeded by||Alicia Clark|
David Peter Bergland
June 4, 1935
Mapleton, Iowa, U.S.
|Died||June 3, 2019(aged 83)|
|Alma mater||Long Beach City College|
University of California, Los
University of Southern California
David Peter Bergland (June 4, 1935 – June 3, 2019) was an American politician who was the United States Libertarian Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 1984 presidential election, and also served twice as the chair of the Libertarian National Committee.
Political campaigns and activities
A resident of California and a lawyer, Bergland ran unsuccessfully for office several times, always as a Libertarian. In 1974, he ran as a write-in candidate for California Attorney General. In 1978, Bergland ran for the California state senate district 36, receiving 5.8% of the vote to finish third out of the three candidates on the ballot.
He served as the party's national chair from 1977 to 1981, and from 1998 to 2000.
In the 1980s, Bergland wrote a book entitled, Libertarianism in One Lesson (ISBN 0975432648). The book explained the libertarian philosophy and touched on issues including the government as a nature of coercion, how libertarianism developed in America and how it is different from both liberalism and conservatism, the contention that taxation is theft, support of a foreign policy of non-intervention, free trade with other countries, gun rights, and criminal justice reform, opposition to drug and alcohol prohibition, public education, and Social Security.
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