The following was written by LNC member Angela Keaton:
Investor relations executive and libertarian writer Robert Capozzi has applied for the position of national executive director. Capozzi, editor of one of the first libertarians webzines The Free Liberal, emerged in recent years as one of the Reform Caucus’ most effective spokesmen. Last year he was elected by the LNC to sit on the platform committee where he played a key role in the Directional Principles draft.
His libertarian roots run deep. Capozzi was an undergraduate at SUNY Buffalo when he wrote for the now defunct Inquiry and interned at the Libertarian Review. His mother, college instructor, Audrey Capozzi is well regarded by her fellow members of both LPNY & LPFL and is quite close to some of the most influential east coast radicals. As one top anarchist leader put it, “Audrey’s good stuff.”
Capozzi is not without his weaknesses. He lacks the activist background of a Wes Benedict or a Marc Montoni, two of the party’s leading former state executive directors. As an unapologetic egghead (”I’m a theoretical asymptotic anarchist,”) he could easily alienate the working class voters that anti-prohibitionist Loretta Nall, the Dondero Libertarian Republicans, and the Grass Roots Caucus have targeted as part of a real world libertarianism. Further, while he enjoys the banter of the libertarian basement blogs, he has not provided satisfactory answers to many of the philosophical challenges issued by Radical Caucus leader Susan Hogarth.
Why should anarchists and other radicals give Capozzi a chance at our top administrative slot? The Reform Caucus members have demanded that we give their approach a fair hearing. We did. They won their case in Denver. I don’t envy them as for now we, the entire delegation of the LPUS, demand they produce the goods. Other than current treasurer Aaron Starr, I can’t think of any reformer more qualified than Capozzi to put those plans into action.