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LPRadicals is a caucus formed in 2006 within the United States Libertarian Party by Susan Hogarth and other party members who opposed removal of much of the material in the party platform during the 2006 national party convention.[1] The caucus generally subscribes to an ideology of anarcho-capitalism.[2] The caucus was active at the 2008 and 2010 Libertarian National Conventions.[3][4][5][6] The radical caucus was revived and was extraordinarily active during the 2016 Libertarian National Convention.[7]


The LPRadicals remained informally organized from 2006 through 2016 at which time it organized with bylaws[8] and a new website[9] under the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus moniker--the term LPRadicals being used interchangeably.[10] The founding caucus members are Susan Hogarth and Marc Montoni and the organizational board includes activists James Gholston and Caryn Ann Harlos.[11]

Earlier iterations[edit]

The first iteration of the LP Radical Caucus was active from 1972 to 1974. The creator of the caucus, Samuel Edward Konkin III, used it in a brief attempt to steer the fledgling movement away from participating in the political process.[citation needed] While some members of the recent iterations of the caucus, including left-wing market anarchists and agorists, identify with the views of Konkin, the present membership requirements include participation in the state and national libertarian parties and emphasize political involvement as a purpose of the Caucus.[12]

The second and best known Radical Caucus was founded by anarcho-capitalist paleolibertarians Justin Raimondo, Eric Garris and Bob Costello in 1979 in order "to unify the party around radical and hardcore libertarian programs."[13][14] Raimondo led the caucus from inception until he abandoned the Libertarian Party in 1983, returning to the Republican Party. That Radical Caucus was dissolved in 1984.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Update on the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus, Independent Political Report, December 28, 2008.
  2. ^ Radicals Key points on LPRadicals.org[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Alexander Zaitchik, Bob Barr the Ralph Nader of 2008?, Alternet.org, May 27, 2008.
  4. ^ Tom Knapp, Reasons for Radicals (to return to the Libertarian Party), January 5, 2010.
  5. ^ Libertarian Party Radical Caucus plans 2010 Convention Activities, Independent Political Report, March 2nd, 2010.
  6. ^ Kn@ppster on Libertarian National Convention, Independent Political Report, June 4th, 2010.
  7. ^ Libertarian National Convention: The Good, Liberty.me, May 30, 2016.
  8. ^ "Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Bylaws". Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "Libertarian Party Radical Caucus". Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "Libertarian Party Radical Caucus: Formally Organized". Independent Political Reportdate= March 23 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Key Principles". Archived from the original on 2016-04-23. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Bylaws". Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  13. ^ LP Radical Caucus 1979 statement of principles, The Libertarian Forum, May–June 1979 issue.
  14. ^ Justin Raimondo, Sex, lies and terrorism, end note mentioning Radical Caucus, Antiwar.com, August 24, 2004.
  15. ^ Justin Raimondo, An enemy of the state: the life of Murray N. Rothbard, Prometheus Books, p. 266, 2000 ISBN 1-57392-809-7, ISBN 978-1-57392-809-0

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