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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, David Peter Bergland, in Mapleton, Iowa


3 Jun 2019, in Kennewick, Washington


Advocates for Self-Government, Board of Advisors
Libertarian Party, Chair, Libertarian National Committee, 1977-1981, 1998-2000

Web Pages

Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education: David Bergland - Libertarian
Includes picture, biography 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, and appears on several of the most popular Advocates tapes and CDs on how to effectively communicate libertarian ideas.
Related Topics: California, Libertarian Party
Libertarian Party: Campaign 2000: Presidential Campaign
Includes introduction, look back at previous presidential campaigns and basic information and links for the nominees: Harry Browne and Art Olivier
Attorney and long-time LP activist David Bergland and tax-protestor Jim Lewis carried the LP banner in 1984. In the face of a much tighter budget and stricter ballot access laws than in previous campaigns, Bergland-Lewis still managed to get on the ballot in 39 states. They were also the first Libertarians to come in third in the popular vote, with 228,705 votes. In addition, Bergland's Libertarianism in One Lesson is still used as an introductory text to Libertarianism.
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


This Is The Movement You Have Chosen, by Murray N. Rothbard, The Libertarian Forum, Apr 1984
Reports on media coverage of the 1983 Libertarian Party presidential convention and comments on goings-on in the Crane Machine (CM), i.e., Ed Crane and Cato Institute
T. R. Reid, in a long ... article called Dave Bergland "an outspoken antigovernment activist who is considered a hard-liner even by the Libertarians' stern standards." (Whoopee!) "In choosing Bergland", the Post's Reid added, "the Libertarian delegates chose ideological purity and turned away from the more pragmatic approach of their 1980 Presidential nominee, Ed Clark." ... Bergland, Reid pointed out, spoke of "the ideal of liberty" and the "ugliness" of government ... In contrast to the Clark campaign of 1980, Bergland declared that Social Security should be "terminated forthwith".
Total Victory: How Sweet It Is!, by Murray N. 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 ... 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 ... Bergland became a candidate on Friday, August 26 ... By noon on Saturday, Bergland was permanently committed to the race.


Murray, the LP, and Me, 25 Dec 2002
Lengthy autobiographical essay, focusing on Murray Rothbard, libertarianism and the Libertarian Party; reprinted in Walter Block's I Chose Liberty (2010)
I was introduced to Murray Rothbard the economist long before I came to know him as a radical libertarian anarcho-capitalist activist. Reading Rothbard, beginning in the early 1960s, was a great experience for me, but that was not my introduction to libertarianism ...
At the 2002 LP National Convention in Indianapolis, I was on a panel ... I took the opportunity to give thanks to some no longer with us. I was grateful to be able to fill these new libertarians in on the profound and lasting effects of Murray Rothbard's contributions to the Party and the movement. He will be remembered.

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

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "David Bergland" as of 14 Jan 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.