DSA Libertarian Socialist Caucus

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DSA Libertarian Socialist Caucus was formed at the Democratic Socialists of America August 2017 National Convention in Chicago.


According to John Michael Colon, a member of the group's provisional organizing committee, The DSA Libertarian Socialist Caucus promotes a vision of "libertarian socialism" -- a traditional name for anarchism -- that goes beyond the confines of traditional social democratic politics.

John Michael Colon: I've been a member of DSA for over a year; some of us involved have been members before the "Bernie and Trump bump." So it's not a matter of anarchists infiltrating and joining DSA ... but anarchists who have been members of DSA all along. We want to organize them as we believe that libertarian socialism is democratic socialism.

Once upon a time, before Trump and Bernie Sanders, there had been a thing called the Left Caucus which aimed to organize all the DSA members who wanted to push the organization to the left. It was good, I was part of it, but it's now basically defunct because with so many new members joining DSA, many are already to the left of the DSA. But what the existence of the Left Caucus proved was that caucuses based on ideological interests had a place in DSA. We want to be the first caucus within the DSA that had a more specific vision, that openly talks about a specific political direction that they would move towards. Rather than say we want to move the DSA to the left, we [are saying we] want to move to the left with specific positions and a specific manner. And not everyone who identifies with the left is going to agree.
Speaking for myself here, I believe that the LSC has an especially important role not just in promoting its own ideas, but also in setting an example for others for how to do caucuses right in being internally democratic, in co-existing, cooperating with and having cross-membership with other caucuses. Caucuses can be hubs of organizing activity, hubs of political education, hosting reading groups, etc. There's a dimension of caucuses that are akin to being political parties within the larger DSA.

It's important to note that you can't be in the LSC unless you are a dues-paying member of DSA. Most of our members were people who were already members of the DSA. There are some people who, because we announced our existence, joined DSA, and that's a consequence of the libertarian socialists already in DSA who were getting organized.
At the end of the day, the Libertarian Socialist Caucus, or any other caucus for that matter, is not an alien entity within DSA; rather it's a caucus of DSA members united around a shared interest.
At this point, it's difficult to say exactly what LSC stands for because we don't have official positions. We just finalized our membership, and because we are democratic we haven't reached positions yet. There are probably shared values that we have that people in DSA don't have, and we want to promote those values and make them more popular.
These [values include] skepticism of the state, a critique of the state and seeing the state as going hand-in-hand with capitalism. A second component is a belief in radical democracy with a higher standard of democracy, one which is more rigorous. A lot of people believe that democracy is just elections. But we believe democracy means more than elections…that it is participatory.
We want to advocate and convince people by the strength of our ideas that there are things DSA should be doing and should be promoting. We want to see more things like directly democratic neighborhood assemblies, worker cooperatives, participatory budgeting, radical syndicalism and municipalism that DSA is currently not promoting, as well as the things DSA is already doing, like organizing workplaces and fighting bosses and landlords. We see these as the fullest embodiment of the values that unite the different kinds of socialism within the DSA under its banner. [1]

DSA Friends and Comrades coalition

The DSA Friends and Comrades coalition stood several people for DSA national Political committee at the Democratic Socialists of America August 2017 National Convention in Chicago.

According to John Michael Colon;

The DSA Friends and Comrades coalition is something that came out of DSA Libertarian Socialist Caucus members and was organized by LSC members informally and hasn't been approved by the group. We wish them well, and some of us will vote for them and promote them on our social media, but they don't represent the LSC. Next convention we aim to organize a primary and democratic process to put forward a slate. [2]

Members who stood were Dele Balogun, Jordan Buchman, Jetta Rae Robertson, Alexandra Dudley, John Hieronymus, Alexander Kolokotronis, Brad McGarr, Jack Suria Linares, Dan Pozzie, Brandon Payton-Carrillo.[3]

DSA-LSC Discussion & Debate Facebook group


DSA-LSC Discussion & Debate Facebook Closed Facebook Group, as of August 21, 2017;[4]

A forum for members of the Democratic Socialists of America Libertarian Socialist Caucus (DSA-LSC) to discuss and debate issues regarding the caucus, DSA more generally, and the theory and practice of libertarian socialism and anarchism.

IMPORTANT: In order to join this group, you must be a dues-paying member of DSA who is also part of our Caucus.



First General Assembly


General Assembly of the DSA Libertarian Socialist Caucus. Hosted by Libertarian Socialist Caucus and Chicago DSA Libertarian Socialist Caucus

Friday, August 4 at 9 AM - 11 AM CDT

750 S Halsted St, Chicago

The first general assembly of the DSA's Libertarian Socialist Caucus, held alongside the greater DSA National Convention. We will discuss our role within the DSA, organizational structure, and strategy. All DSA members are welcome to attend, regardless of their status within the conference. The assembly will be held in the Montgomery Ward Lounge of UIC's Student Center East.
Only members of the DSA who are currently in the LSC's listserv or who are interested in becoming part of the LSC can vote in the GA. If you come to this event and are not on the listserv, you must be able to prove you are a DSA dues-paying member in order to vote. Accordingly, please plan to bring your DSA Membership Card or a copy of your email receipt for paying dues if you are not already on our mailing list but want to participate in the voting.[5]

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