Law professor, Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 1984


David Bergland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"David P. Bergland is an American libertarian activist. He was the presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in 1984 and its vice-presidential nominee in 1976 (sharing the ticket with Roger MacBride), as well as the party's national chair from 1977 to 1981 and from 1998 to 2000. A resident of California and a lawyer, Bergland has also run unsuccessfully for California Attorney General (1974, write-in), the California state senate (1978), and United States Senate (1980), and managed the 2000 Libertarian presidential campaign of Harry Browne. He is the author of the book Libertarianism in One Lesson (ISBN 0-9754326-4-8). ..."

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4 Jun 1935, in California


Board of Advisors, Advocates for Self-Government

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: 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, by David Bergland, 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
    by David Bergland, 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