Law professor, Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 1984
David Bergland

David Peter Bergland (born 4 June 1935) is an American politician who was the United States Libertarian Party's nominee at the 1983 Libertarian National Convention for President of the United States in the 1984 presidential election.

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4 Jun 1935, in California


Advocates for Self-Government, Board of Advisors

Web Pages

Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education: David Bergland - Libertarian
Biography, photo and quotes
"In addition to his presidential candidacy, Bergland is perhaps best known for his book Libertarianism in One Lesson. Now in its ninth edition, it has sold over 150,000 copies. ... Bergland has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Advocates for Self-Government since the organization was founded. Bergland spoke at several early Advocates conventions and at the Advocates' 20th Anniversary Celebration in 2005 ..."
Libertarian Party: History: Presidential & Vice-Presidential Candidates
Includes image of campaign button
"1984: Bergland/Lewis
Presidential Candidate: David Bergland
Vice Presidential Candidate: Jim Lewis
On the ballot: 39 states plus D.C.
Votes: 228,705"
Related Topic: Libertarian Party


Total Victory: How Sweet It Is! [PDF], by Murray Rothbard, The Libertarian Forum, 1983
Lengthy account and commentary on the 1983 Libertarian Party presidential convention
"Out of a chaotic, confused, wild, hectic, crazy, convention, in the closest, murkiest, most exciting all-out contest in Libertarian Party history, David P. Bergland of California won the nomination for President on the fourth ballot. ... Fortunately, David P. Bergland, a California attorney, a hard-core and principled radical libertarian, needed no coaxing. He saw that the Libertarian Party needed a candidate, and a principled one, desperately, and so he threw his hat promptly and enthusiastically into the race."


Murray, the LP, and Me, 25 Dec 2002
Part of Walter Block's Autobiography Archive
"I have been asked many times when I became a libertarian. ... I finally decided the right answer was June 4, 1935, the day I was born. ... Some of us are simply more temperamentally suited to liberty than others. We are comfortable with anarchy, the unknowable future, and whatever spontaneous order might develop out of freedom’s chaos. We don’t feel insecure in the absence of a state-created social safety net and we welcome the opportunities that maximum liberty brings."
Related Topic: Murray Rothbard

Books Authored

Libertarianism in One Lesson: Why Libertarianism Is the Best Hope for America's Future, 1984
Partial contents: The Nature of Government - The Alternative to Coercive Government - The Libertarian Difference - Libertarian Analysis of the Issues - Foreign Policy, Free Trade and National Defense - Taxation as Theft - What About the Poor People?
Related Topic: Libertarianism

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