Principles and Values

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In the same spirit possessed by the abolitionists who fought to free the slaves, Libertarians believe that freedom is a fundamental human right. With the same conviction as the women's suffrage movement, which secured for women the right to vote, Libertarians believe that all citizens should enjoy equal civil rights. Sharing the vision of those patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence, Libertarians believe that the role of government is to protect these rights.

As freedom is rooted in individual rights, only people who enjoy their full human and civil rights are truly free and able to enjoy the full benefits of their liberty. When liberty flourishes, people are free to build lives in which opportunities for personal, economic and social advancement abound. Individuals living free lives will create a society that accepts a diversity of beliefs, values, and ideas while fostering a free marketplace in which voluntary, mutually beneficial interactions improve the quality of life for all. Liberty is founded upon the recognition and mutual respect of human and civil rights.

We believe that as long as people are peaceful and honest, the government has no business interfering in their lives. Along with personal freedom comes economic freedom. We believe that governments have no right to seize the fruits of an individual's labor without his or her consent.

Libertarians seek a return to the basic principles that made America great. We support an unfettered free market economy as the best way to provide abundance and prosperity for all. We defend America's traditional civil liberties and personal freedoms as the foundation of a tolerant society. We believe in the protection of people from dishonest business through liability in the courts. We endorse a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by America's Founding Fathers. Unlike the two major parties, for whom the only debate is whether the government should be enormous or merely huge, we believe the size and scope of government must be substantially reduced. Individuals should have sovereignty over their own lives as long as they do not interfere with the rights of others.

The Libertarian Party supports the abolition of the Income Tax, one of the greatest infringements on individual liberty in the world today. Money that you earn should be yours to dispose of as you choose. According to the Census Bureau, 47% of our national income goes to various federal, state, and local taxes. It is time to end this confiscation of our earnings and get the government out of our pocketbooks.

The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States. We have active, growing party organizations in all 50 states, have elected hundreds of Libertarians to local office, have run thousands of candidates, and have received millions of votes. These accomplishments were achieved in spite of legal barriers erected by the Democrats and Republicans to keep other parties off the ballot. We have put great effort into opposing these restrictions, so that someday all Americans will be able to have the widest possible choice on Election Day.