Wednesday, October 24, 2012

You Are A Libertarian (Probably)

A recent Reason-Rupe poll shows us that a majority of Americans favor republicans on economic issues and democrats on social issues.

Often we hear that that is what most Americans are: conservative on the economic issues and liberal on the social issues.  If one person finds the social issues more important then they will probably vote for democrats.  And if a person finds economic issues to be more important, then they will vote for republicans.

But you don't need to pick a side that agrees with you only half of the time. There is a political party that fits our preferences.  Even though most of you may not have heard of it.

The Libertarian party favors low taxes and no government subsidies and it also opposes laws against gay marriage and drugs.

Bye the way, liberal on the social issues and conservative on the economic issues means supporting more freedom in all cases.  In that way, not only does it probably match your own positions, it is also the only logically consistent political party.

More freedom. Less government. Always.
The Libertarian Party 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. 

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

Consequently, we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.

In the following pages we have set forth our basic principles and enumerated various policy stands derived from those principles.

These specific policies are not our goal, however. Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this end that we take these stands.

They won't be winning any elections in the near future, but if the average American's opinions are important, then they should.

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