Libertarian Party Platform 2016

Image courtesy Libertarian Party, fair use

Image courtesy Libertarian Party, fair use

At the time of this writing the Libertarian Party is the only third party to have access to all 538 electoral votes available throughout the nation. The following are the key points of the 2016 Libertarian Party Platform:

Personal liberty

  • Believes that individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and accept the consequences/take responsibility for these choices
  • Believes that no individual, group, or government can initiate force against any other like entity
  • Individuals have the freedom over their bodies to consume what they want
  • Opposes any government censorship, regulation, or control over communications (including those over media and technology) and religion
  • Advocates individual privacy and government transparency
  • Supports ending large-scale government surveillance, especially under the Fourth Amendment concepts of persons, homes, property, and communications
  • Supports including third-party records like email, medical records, and library records as being included in the definition of unreasonable searches and seizures
  • Sexual orientation, sexual preference, gender (and gender identity) should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals, including as it relates to marriage, military service, child custody, and adoption
  • Opposes government intervention in abortion
  • Believes that parents and guardians can raise their children according to their own standards and beliefs (excluding child abuse/neglect)
  • Favors limiting criminal law within the scope of those who infringe on life, liberty, and property
  • Favors repealing laws that create crimes without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes
  • Opposes the state-controlled death penalty
  • Believes the only justified use of force is to defend life, liberty, and legitimate property
  • Supports the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment
  • Opposes any law that restricts the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition; this includes opposing any monitoring or registration of such

Economic liberty (top)

  • Believes a free and competitive market allocates resources most efficiently
  • Supports the right of everyone to offer goods and services to others
  • Supports the role of the government in the marketplace as being limited to protecting property rights, adjudicating disputes, and providing a legal framework for the protection of trade
  • Opposes government redistribution of wealth and government involvement in managing trade
  • Believes property owners should be freed from government restrictions on their rights to control and enjoy their property as long as doing so does not infringe on others’ rights
  • Opposes eminent domain, civil asset forfeiture, government limits on profits, government production mandates, and government control of prices such as interest, wages, and rents
  • Believes private parties should be able to trade with whomever they want on their own mutually agreed terms
  • Believes that free markets and property rights create the necessary protection for the environment and ecosystems
  • Opposes any and all government subsidization of energy and energy markets
  • Favors the repeal of the income tax
  • Favors abolishing the IRS
  • Favors abolishing all federal government programs and services that are not required under the Constitution
  • Supports a balanced budget constitutional amendment, as long as the budget is not balanced with increased taxes
  • Opposes mandatory union membership as a condition for government employment
  • Proposes replacing defined-benefit pensions with defined-contribution plans
  • Favors free-market banking free from government assurances, subsidies, or bailouts
  • Opposes inflationary monetary policies and unconstitutional legal tender laws
  • Opposes government subsidies or bailouts to businesses, unions, labor, or any other group
  • Believes government should not be involved in contracts between private-sector employers and employees
  • Supports the right of workers to choose union representation or not, free from government interference
  • Supports the right of parents to determine the education of their children, including through what type of education they fund
  • Believes education is best provided by the free market
  • Favors a free-market health care system, without government regulations or obligations
  • Favors allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines, and make their own end-of-life decisions
  • Favors phasing out Social Security and transitioning to a private voluntary retirement system

Securing liberty (top)

  • Believes that the principle of non-initiation of force should guide the relationships between governments
  • Favors maintaining a military strong enough to defend the United States against aggression
  • Believes that the United States should avoid entangling alliances and not act as the world’s policeman
  • States that the necessity for intelligence to defend America does not supersede civil liberties
  • States that intelligence agencies preserving the security of the nation must have oversight and transparency
  • Opposes secret government classifications that obstruct legitimate public information
  • States that foreign policy should emphasize defense against attack from abroad
  • Pledges to end government-sponsored foreign intervention abroad, including in the form of military and economic aid
  • Recognizes the right of all persons to resist tyranny, to defend themselves, and to defend their rights
  • Opposes the use of force and terrorism against innocents
  • Supports the unrestricted movement of people and capital across international borders, provided that those who pose a risk to security, health, or property are excluded
  • Calls for an end to any tax-financed election subsidies
  • Calls for the repeal of all laws that restrict private money in elections
  • Supports electoral systems that favor greater inclusiveness and representation
  • Supports initiatives, recalls, repeals, and referenda as a popular check on government
  • Supports the right of the people to alter or abolish a government that is destructive of individual liberty

All information about the content of this platform has been taken from the official 2016 Libertarian Party Platform (official party website). (top)