LP.org: Original 1972 Hospers Statement of Principles Donated to the Party

Original Statement of Principles

From LP.org:

Pictured here is a copy of the original Statement of Principles as typewritten by John Hospers at the 1972 convention. The existence of this original document was unknown until it turned up on an ebay listing, was purchased by a Libertarian Party member, and then donated to the Party. The seller said that her parents were early activists in the California LP and as she was disposing of their estate she found this document hidden behind a framed, photocopy picture of Ayn Rand, where it has likely been for decades.

This special document has since been framed and will be on display at the 2018 Libertarian National Convention; after that, it will be sent to LP Headquarters, for its permanent display and safekeeping.


Donation link for the Historical Preservation Fund in the link above.

13 thoughts on “LP.org: Original 1972 Hospers Statement of Principles Donated to the Party

  1. Jim Polichak from Long Island

    Including the text of the document would have been a nice touch to this article.

  2. Robert

    “…a copy of the original Statement of Principles …”

    Except it isn’t, and was probably one of several versions Hospers did. Old-timer senior ramblings follow.

    I better say something before scholars have a field day.Let me check my notes here…Well, the Holy Original was written by Michael Gilson (MG) as a young man to summarize his Libertarian ‘Trinary Privatization’ method along with his original 10-point Platform (which also connects with the 10 Green values), was OK’d by the LIO attorney, run by whatever WASP’s and Spanish aristocrats the Gilsons talk to, then US State Department AND major US Politicians and Union leaders AND the old-time libertarian socialists and wannabees like Bookchin who loved it, then re-written with his girlfriend Petra Kelly THEN OK’d by LBJ who sponsored a trip where the young MG visited foreign leaders to get them warm and fuzzy (this is where MG met Yeltsin) THEN David Nolan re-wrote when he got permission from his Dad, Paul Gilson, ‘for an oriented to directional (federalist) libertarian-liberal centrist party to eventually sponsor others in all nations and states to spread the US Bill of Rights, and move opinion towards voluntary eco-solutions and legalize hyper-tolerant Libertarian eco-homes as defined by LIO’ authorized by the Gilsons, Then Nolan substituted ‘government’ for more accurate terms like ‘statutes’ (IMHO) in the SOP then got input from Tonie Nathan (who was a brilliant publicist with long ties with the anarchist left and added mostly a re-word of the ending, adding the ‘trader principle’), THEN was run by the convention in several pieces (Gilson insists I on ‘learn by doing’ putting the general idea for ‘dialogue’ out there and having the people who’ll use it re-capitulate and discover themselves) , then re-written by Hospers with that input in his hotel room and approved by Nolan then Gilson over the phone with his attorney. I remember details like Gilson was very insistent that the word ‘challenge’ be used for some legal theory reason, and Gilson’s re-written original was appended as a ‘planning document’ into the LP archive, which at that point were (I think) on Nolan’s kitchen table…

    My point is it was a working document for voluntarizing and reversing totalitarianism that represented a decision by a lot of heavy hitters, and THEN we asked anyone vaguely interested in Libertarianism to show up and carry it out pretty-please (a process was also carried out with what became the Green and Progress Norway parties, because we were covering our bets in case the Cold War went bad for us) and convince the population by championing rights, challenging cults, and getting folks familiar with the Bill of Rights, Robert’s Rules, and the Pledge. I think we had a 100 people at the Convention and another 20 by phone who represented the only real lead L/libertarians in my book as people like Rothbard and Friedman didn’t care enough (and was always ragged by the Gilsons for this as Johnny-come-lately types).

    They then messed up something on ‘government’ in the re-typing that Gilson had changed in 1974 or else the Party couldn’t use the term Libertarian based on some legal agreement of Nolan with the LIO principals. Gilson outlined the Dallas Accord which then went through a similar consensus and ‘constructivist knowledge’ process so the libertarian-direction LP wouldn’t tear itself apart re-inventing flat tires. Gilson and Nathan were displeased it pluralized ‘Principles’ in the title when the whole thing was supposed to be an explication of the foundation Pledge principle so a plural was wrong, blah, blah, blah, even Nozick got into the act. Gilson finally said enough we’re dealing with average folks who’ll get it as they try it, then Swanson, who was the LP historian until he died, pronounced what we had ‘good enough for government work’ as summarizing the Dallas Accord and we all had a big laugh and decided to roll with it. They also messed up the 7/8th vote thing–the LP SOP is unamendable. The whole thing was meant to carry out something called the Salamanca Process decided in a Congress of world libertarians in 1964-66, with anarchists, liberals under Gilson/Libertarian International auspices which I’m sure most everyone has forgotten. Christ, we were using a version of the SOP in 1970 in the NH Party group under the older ‘party of Libertarians’ project before Hospers knew anything. We had an early LP circular on this that I WROTE when the part started. Secretaries are falling down on the job if they have to rediscover this stuff.

    The thing to remember is that NO ONE except MG thought the party would last more than a few years or even get anyone elected or appointed. Then MG gets himself elected as a teen to some board even as we’re having the first Convention which was a bit of a shock. I think it is true that while it has done its initial sub-mission, MG had this big plan for the LP which is all coming true and is more-or-less incorporated in its strategy toolkits. 3 LP’s in every country on Earth of varying intensity of which the USLP is with other liberal parties the least rigorous, and patience with multi-generational change is the long and short of it. I think we’re in stage II of Gilson’s ALTER plan. It’s happening but we had a lot of people thinking the LP would be done in maybe 1984. Rothbard thought the LP would be a wild success if we weren’t all shot by 2001 but could get the basics done and should fold in the mid-80’s.

    I wished they didn’t wait till the old-timers are dead or dying to do all this. I’m not long for this Earth, and hear a lot of nonsense like Rothbard was ‘Mr. Libertarian’ without the full story or that Rothbard founded the party or CATO Institute or the Pledge was just to keep the cops happy, or that Libertarians are for ‘liberty’ (denied several times by Nolan, Rothbard, MG, the focus is justice),or people repeating those ‘true libertarian’ histories citing some communist French guy, etc. etc. I’m seeing the same thing only worse in the Greens where the far-lefties are blatantly re-writing history on e.g. the 10 points, libertarian socialism, etc. after a document purge some years ago. Is anybody getting Nathan’s stuff? I’m glad Harlos and her people are taking some sort of action. Bravo!

    But let’s face it, LNC is all gaga over some 3rd-level document yet the LNC doesn’t even get the Pledge. They worded it wrong in that silly anti-Arvin thing and NOBODY called them on it in the meeting, and no state LP officer. ZZZZZZZ. They can’t read their own website? Well, ‘Good enough for government work’ I suppose.

    Gilson put an interesting and very funny initialism in the SOP as sort of his signature. It’s been an inside joke for years. Very ’60’s teen… See if you can spot it.
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  3. Caryn Ann Harlos

    This is the one typed at/for that convention (1972). No doubt prior to that as there was a platform committee and multiple proposals others floating around but this is the one from the floor given by Hospers to the Gottliebs.

    If you have any historical information/items to contribute would love to hear from you and see you at lpedia.org.

  4. Ronen

    Most of the LP presidential candidates have been pro-Israel, so why has the party taken such an anti-semitic turn?

  5. Quiet observer

    “Israel” is a massive concentration camp. It is actually antisemitic to support “Israel”

  6. Andy

    “Ronen
    May 26, 2018 at 16:30
    Most of the LP presidential candidates have been pro-Israel, so why has the party taken such an anti-semitic turn?”

    I thought that most Libertarian Party presidential candidates had an actual libertarian position on foreign policy, as in they supported non-interventionism. I know that Ron Paul, Harry Browne, and Michael Badnarik were non-interventionists. I’m pretty sure that David Bergland and Andre Marrou were non-interventionists as well.

  7. Paul

    There is a huge overlap between libertarian conspiracy theories and antisemitic conspiracy theories – especially when you start talking about bankers, globalists, the international elite, communists, etc. Nazi conspiracy theories often involve Jews at the center of all these groups and the conspiracy theories they involve. It’s really not a far just of crazy.

    Generally cutting off foreign aide is a Libertarian position – but when the relatively small amount to Israel becomes a big focus, instead of focusing on all countries or at least ones with worse human rights abuses, etc., motives can easily be questioned.

  8. Andy

    “Paul
    June 15, 2018 at 21:32
    There is a huge overlap between libertarian conspiracy theories and antisemitic conspiracy theories – especially when you start talking about bankers, globalists, the international elite, communists, etc. Nazi conspiracy theories often involve Jews at the center of all these groups and the conspiracy theories they involve. It’s really not a far just of crazy.”

    There is also a huge overlap between internet trolls (probably in this case working for the JIDF or the ADL or SPLC) and people posting bullshit like the above poster.

    Now go fuck yourself, and if you are paid internet troll, go tell your shift supervisor that I told them to go fuck themselves as well.

  9. DJ

    Paul: Generally cutting off foreign aide is a Libertarian position – but when the relatively small amount to Israel becomes a big focus, instead of focusing on all countries or at least ones with worse human rights abuses, etc., motives can easily be questioned.

    Me: Well, as a libertarian not affiliated with the Party, I’m curious about the defending apologist attitude AND the money. I’m confused about Christians, here in the US, who proclaim Jews (Israel) to be “God’s chosen” yet believe differently by a different proclamation about a Christ which leads me to wonder even more about the apologetic defending when there are plenty of Americans to be concerned with and a past, here, that was as bad as what Hitler did just w/o the aid of gas, and working on a present, which isn’t a whole lot different than Germany- I guess it boils down to, for me: The US has NO introspection as a collective, and very few do individually, and bitching about Jews is a good way, for me, to point it out because of the disparity in “beliefs” and to mock dumb fucks who have no clue about the fed reserve or it’s origin, especially Christians who are okay with killing, especially if it’s defending Israel even though it’s a “sin”- I really love it when they spout: “Christians aren’t perfect just forgiven”. So, for me, personally, it’s multi-faceted and I could write an essay, but for brevity sake I’m being succinct as possible.

  10. Louise Hitchcock

    Someone mentioned that the document came from the Gottliebs. I was a student then taking classes with Hospers. I used to drive to their house on a regular basis to hear Hospers lead a discussion on some topic. They also made a silkscreen to make McBride for President signs in their garage those signs got stapled on posts & put in yards all over Los Angeles. They were very close to Hospers- which also explains the document

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