Democratic Minarchist Caucus
David Wallace Croft
2006 Nov 08 Wed
In 2005, I proposed an Objectivist Party. In May of 2006, I proposed
instead to call it the
A day after elections, I am now proposing a Minarchist Caucus within the
Democratic Party. It would parallel the
Republican Libertarian Caucus and the
Democratic Freedom Caucus.
The reason I am advocating forming it within the Democratic Party initially
is because the state I live in is a one-party state with the Republicans
dominant. In many of races on the ballot yesterday, there was only a
Republican candidate running unopposed or a Republican versus a
In 2002 I ran for Congress in a four way race: Republican, Democrat,
Libertarian, and Green. The Democratic Party candidate for 2002 was a
fairly weak one-issue candidate as no other Democrats wanted to run and
lose in this Republican district. Later in 2004 the same Green Party
candidate of 2002 ran as a Democrat where no Democrats would bother to do
so. By joining the non-incumbent major party, he had secured a platform
for his message he would not have otherwise had. I have been thinking
about his tactic for two years now.
This Green Party candidate also ran as a Democrat in 2006. Given the mood
of the nation yesterday, he did surprisingly well in the polls. I wonder
how much better a minarchist Democrat with a message of small government
and civil liberties might have fared in this Republican stronghold. In
addition to gaining a platform for spreading your message, running as a
candidate of the non-incumbent major party puts you in a position for
victory when there is a strong anti-incumbent sentiment such as the vote
I think the DeLay race also deserves some mention here. I think the lesson
to members of the Libertarian Party should be obvious. This is another
reason I am now advocating a caucus within a major party instead of working
through a new third party.
If you are interested in this proposal for a Democratic Minarchist Caucus,
please join me in discussion on our
That government is best which governs least.
~ Thomas Paine, Masthead slogan of the Democratic Review
A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from
injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to
regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and
shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to
close the circle of our felicity.
~ Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address
The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man’s
rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence....
The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to
protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from
foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property
and contracts from breach or fraud by others, and to settle
disputes by rational rules, according to objective law.
~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957
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I must have absorbed Ayn Rand's philosophy of Individualism through
reading her fiction novels and the imprint she left on the Libertarian
Party. I was unable to put a definitive name on it, though, until I picked
up one of her non-fiction books and read the first chapter: "Objectivist
Ethics". I now understand the debt I owe her for my philosophical
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Peter Schwartz in which he wrote of Libertarianism, "If it were ever
successful, it would destroy the remnants of freedom that still exist
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philosophy. Of all the introductory books that I have read on
libertarianism, this one gets it right.
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scare into me. As I was reading, I realized that I had already witnessed
some of the techniques described. My views on government and religion
were never the same afterwards.
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You should read this book if you are at all active in volunteer
organizations. It will teach you how to move the business of the majority
forward in a democratic fashion without ignoring the voices and the rights
of the minority.