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U.S. Libertarian Party

Libertarian Party of the United States (Wikipedia)

"Live Free"

“Live Free”

Ideology

  • Libertarianism
  • Non-interventionism
  • Fiscal conservatism
  • Laissez-faire

Political position

economics – right wing
social – some left wing

The Libertarian Party (LP) promotes civil liberties, non-interventionism, laissez-faire capitalism and the abolition of the welfare state.

The party generally promotes a classical liberal platform, in contrast to the Democrats’ modern liberalism and progressivism and the Republicans’ conservatism. The LP is more culturally liberal than Democrats, but more fiscally conservative than Republicans. Current fiscal policy positions include lowering taxes, decreasing the national debt, allowing people to opt out of Social Security, and eliminating the welfare state, in part by utilizing private charities; current cultural policy positions include ending the prohibition of illegal drugs, supporting same-sex marriage, ending capital punishment, and supporting gun ownership rights.

Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for U.S. president

Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for U.S. president

Platform

As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

1.0 Personal Liberty

1.1 Self-Ownership

1.2 Expression and Communication

1.3 Privacy

1.4 Personal Relationships

1.5 Abortion

Bill Weld, Libertarian candidate for vice-president

Bill Weld, Libertarian candidate for vice-president

1.6 Parental Rights

1.7 Crime and Justice

1.8 Death Penalty

1.9 Self-Defense

2.0 Economic Liberty

2.1 Property and Contract

2.2 Environment

2.3 Energy and Resources

2.4 Government Finance and Spending

All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors. Government should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent. We support the passage of a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes.

2.5 Government Employees

2.6 Money and Financial Markets

2.7 Marketplace Freedom

2.8 Labor Markets

2.9 Education

2.10 Health Care

2.11 Retirement and Income Security

3.0 Securing Liberty

3.1 National Defense

3.2 Internal Security and Individual Rights

3.3 International Affairs

3.4 Free Trade and Migration

3.5 Rights and Discrimination

3.6 Representative Government

3.7 Self-Determination