The NAP Pledge is as follows: To validate my membership, I certify that I oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals.
The Statement of Principles of the Libertarian Party states: [W]e support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others.
That statement is related to an earlier one in the Statement of Principles which states: We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
In a recent radio interview, candidate Austin Petersen was asked if he disagreed with that portion of the Statement of Principles, and he said he did. He also stated generally that he would object to the “Non-Initation of Force Principle” when that terminology was offered in the event that his objection to the Non-Aggression Principle was just semantical. The Libertarian Party Bylaws place the Statement of Principles at the heart of the Libertarian Party:
“The Party is organized to implement and give voice to the principles embodied in the Statement of Principles…”
“The Statement of Principles affirms that philosophy upon which the Libertarian Party is founded, by which it shall be sustained, and through which liberty shall prevail. The enduring importance of the Statement of Principles requires that it may be amended only by a vote of 7/8 of all registered delegates at a Regular Convention.”
Candidate Austin Petersen has repudiated a key portion of the Statement of Principles that is the foundation of the Libertarian Party.
Caryn Ann Harlos is currently serving as the Social Media Chair for the Libertarian Party of Colorado. She works as a paralegal, and joined the writing staff of IPR in August of 2015.
Mrs. Harlos has this to say about the audio link, which she posted in a comment here:
Here is the clip. I was put on mute for the majority of the time and would have objected to other things said, but that is the nature of radio and the due respect given to a guest of a show. IPR readers, jump to 13:30 to hear just this portion or maybe a little further back. His repudiation occurs at about 14:00-14:05.
2/1/16- that link is dead, here is the audio file