The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States. Millions of Americans have voted for Libertarian Party candidates in past elections throughout the country, despite the fact that many state governments place roadblocks in our path to keep our candidates off the ballot and deprive voters of a real choice. Libertarians believe the answer to America’s political problems is a fundamental commitment to freedom and voluntary interactions between individuals: a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to civil liberties and personal freedom; and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade. What began with a small group of activists in Colorado has become America’s third largest political party. We are the only political organization which respects you as a unique and competent individual.
Minimum Government and Maximum Freedom
The only role of existing governments is to protect Life, Liberty and Property from force and fraud. Nothing more. Liberty is a primary political value. In judging any particular government act or program, a libertarian asks if it increases or decreases an individual’s liberty. The goal of the libertarian enterprise is to have minimum government necessary, if any. Libertarians agree to work towards consistently reducing the government to produce minimum government and maximum freedom.
The only proper use of force is in defense of individual rights. The principles of voluntary action and non-initiation of force should guide all relationships between individuals, groups, and governments.
Every individual has certain inherent enforceable negative rights to life, liberty, and property. A negative right does not require any action on the part of any other person. A positive right forces actions by others. The two are incompatible. People can voluntarily choose to assist others but cannot be forced.
You should not interfere with people you do not agree with or disapprove of if they are are not forcibly interfering with your, or someone else’s, life, liberty, or property (negative rights).
The principle of non-intervention. This entails the free movement of capital, labor, people, goods/services and ideas. Libertarians can differ on the implementation of these basic ideas.
No transaction or cooperation should occur unless it is voluntary with individuals free to set their own terms.