The South Dakota affiliate of the
Libertarian Party of the United States 

South Dakota Libertarian Party

The Party of Principle

No one -- neither a mugger in some alley nor a group of suits in some capitol -- no one
has the right to initiate force or commit fraud to achieve personal or political goals. 


What is a Libertarian?

Platform and By-Laws
     Social Security now called "Federal Benefit Payment"

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2012 SDLP Convention

Elect Gary Johnson President

Brandon Taliaferro is tried for protecting foster kids from rape

Links to informative sites

Libertarian Party of the United States

The Price of Liberty
(edited by Nathan Barton of SDLP)

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
(SDLP vice-Chair Tony Ryan is a LEAP speaker)
Opposition to the most destructive public policy since slavery
     SoDakNORML engages the system

SoDakLiberty blog
     Ken Santema moderates a wide-ranging forum

Decorum Forum blog
A blog in So. Dak that discusses libertarianism, from time to 

Fall River Forum
A Hot Springs-based site that proposes libertarian solutions



To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonoured. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality. --Pierre-Joseph Proudhon




2014 South Dakota Libertarian Party Convention

You're invited to the South Dakota Libertarian Party State Convention! Join us for this exciting opportunity to nominate candidates and discuss liberty in the Rushmore state.

AUGUST 9 2014, 10 AM
Sioux Falls Library, Meeting Room B, 200 N Dakota Ave, downtown Sioux Falls

RSVP on this page or e-mail Bob Newland to register to attend.

Anyone who is registered in South Dakota as a Libertarian or who is a member of the U.S. National Libertarian Party is eligible to become a voting member upon payment of membership fees. You may pay dues and register to vote at the convention. You may attend the convention without being a voting member.

The membership fees (dues) for 2014-2015 are $30.00. You can pay online or at the door.

*Speakers and an official schedule will be released soon.*

We will be voting on nominations for the constitutional offices in this year's election on November 4th.

- Lieutenant Governor
- Secretary of State 
- State Auditor
- Attorney General 
- Commissioner of School & Public Lands
- State Treasurer
- Public Utilities Commissioner

*Speakers and an official schedule will be released soon.*

We'll also vote to elect a party chair, vice-chair as well as executive board members, and to add amendments, resolutions, and/or revisions to our party by-laws.

*If you're interested in running for office, please contact a party leader (Samuel Saunders or Bob Newland).



From a post to the Decorum Forum blog (you'll have to go there or to the Wikipedia link below to access all the links to sub-definitions and footnotes):

As for the Libertarian "definition" on Wikipedia: It outlines a wide range of thought, often contradictory, about what, exactly a libertarian is, so it's not really a definition--more a discussion. To distinguish "libertarian" from "Libertarian," a Libertarian is anyone who has registered Libertarian with the State, or who has contributed to the Libertarian Party. People who hold at least one belief fundamentally at odds with one or more of the really defining beliefs of a libertarian have run for office as Libertarians. Every political group is forced by state laws to accept lunatics as their nominees for just about any political office.

The base-line defining characteristic of a libertarian is that (s)he believes that it is immoral to initiate force to achieve personal or political goals. A "pure" follower of the philosophy of the Democratic Party thinks it's okay to hire folks to shoot you if you don't give over a bunch of your paycheck to support their charities. A similarly-minded Republican will gladly shoot you and your doctor for "killing babies" or "doing dope."

I found it odd, for example that this appears below:  "Libertarian historian George Woodcock defines libertarianism as the philosophy that fundamentally doubts authority and advocates transforming society by reform or revolution." About half of everyone falls through that gravel screen. If he's a "Libertarian historian," he's gotta know there's more to it than that.

This statement probably is the truest of all below: "Libertarian schools of thought differ over the degree to which the state should be reduced." I'll venture that libertarians agree that the pursuit of happiness is more often successful under the least coercive of societies.

The passage from Wikipedia:

Libertarianism is generally considered to be the group of political philosophies which emphasize freedom, liberty, and voluntary association. There is no general consensus among scholars on the precise definition. Libertarians generally advocate a society with a government of small scope relative to most present day societies or no government whatsoever.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines libertarianism as the moral view that agents initially fully own themselves and have certain moral powers to acquire property rights in external things.[1] Libertarian historian George Woodcock defines libertarianism as the philosophy that fundamentally doubts authority and advocates transforming society by reform or revolution.[2] Libertarian philosopher Roderick Long defines libertarianism as "any political position that advocates a radical redistribution of power from the coercive state to voluntary associations of free individuals", whether "voluntary association" takes the form of the free market or of communal co-operatives.[3] According to the U.S. Libertarian Party, libertarianism is the advocacy of a government that is funded voluntarily and limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence.[4]

Libertarian schools of thought differ over the degree to which the state should be reduced. Anarchistic schools advocate complete elimination of the state. Minarchist schools advocate a state which is limited to protecting its citizens from aggression, theft, breach of contract, and fraud. Some schools accept public assistance for the poor.[5] Additionally, some schools are supportive of private property rights in the ownership of unappropriated land and natural resources while others reject such private ownership and often support common ownership instead.[6][7][8] Another distinction can be made among libertarians who support private ownership and those that support common ownership of the means of production; the former generally supporting a capitalist economy, the latter a socialist economic system. Contractarian libertarianism holds that any legitimate authority of government derives not from the consent of the governed, but from contract or mutual agreement, though this can be seen as reducible to consequentialism or deontologism depending on what grounds contracts are justified.[9][10][11] Some Libertarian socialists reject deontological and consequential approaches and use historical materialism to justify their political beliefs.[12]

Political scholars such as Noam Chomsky assert that in most countries the terms "libertarian" and "libertarianism" are synonymous with left anarchism.[13] It is only in the United States that the term libertarian is commonly associated with those who have conservative positions on economic issues and liberal positions on social issues, going by the common meanings of "conservative" and "liberal" in the United States.[14]