About the Libertarian Party

State Journal staff report, Published:

Here’s a little about the Libertarian Party and what it stands for since David Patterson is filing today to run in the U.S. Senate race against Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes.

According to “Libertarianism: A Primer” by David Boaz printed by the Free Press in 1997:

Libertarianism is the view that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others. Libertarians defend each person’s right to life, liberty, and property rights that people have naturally, before governments are created.

In the libertarian view, all human relationships should be voluntary; the only actions that should be forbidden by law are those that involve the initiation of force against those who have not themselves used force-actions like murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, and fraud.

The Libertarian website says:

The libertarian or “classical liberal” perspective is that individual well-being, prosperity, and social harmony are fostered by “as much liberty as possible” and “as little government as necessary.”

These ideas lead to new questions: What’s possible? What’s necessary? What are the practical implications and the unsolved problems?

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  • This is a perfect description of Libertarianism. I am one! Thank you for explaining this so clearly to folks who may not have heard of us.

  • Actually, most libertarians don't vote because the choices at the ballot box don't reflect their views, and voting just encourages the statists..."dime's worth of difference" and all that. As for any significant right wing bias, that comes from the Tea Partiers who claim to be libertarian but are not. After all, the GOP often talks the talk even if it doesn't walk the walk.  

  • Richardwinger, August 11, 2014 8:56PM

    "If Libertarians "always vote Republican", how did the party's presidential candidate in 2012, Gary Johnson, manage to get 1,275,970 votes?  And how did the party's 2012 candidates for US House around the nation managed to get 1,388,223 votes?"

    Well, Mr. Right, er ah, Richard Winger, that is not what I said.  What I said was "they almost always have a strong right wing bias and vote Republican."  I stand by my statement, since there ususally isn't a Libertarian candidate in almost all elections, at which time Libertarians almost always vote Republican.  When was the last time that you voted for a Democratic candidate?  

    For the record, I thought that Gary Johnson WAS a good candidate and I agreed with many of his views like ending the war on drugs and protecting civil liberties...but 1.2 million votes was just under 1% of the popular vote in the 2012 general election, which meant that almost all of the Libertarians voted for Romeny in droves.   LINOs, all of them.

    And these LINOs (like mach570) may say that they believe in these Libertarian principles, but they don't practice them since they are all for continuing (or increasing) the really, really BIG GOVERNMENT'S insane war on some drugs, intrusions into our Bill of Rights 4th amendment protections, and a woman's right to choose...even in the case of rape and incest.  These are no brainers for real Libertarians.

    LINOs, all of them.  I am much more libertarian than most of these LINOs on here.

  • To me these beliefs are no brainers.

     

  • If Libertarians "always vote Republican", how did the party's presidential candidate in 2012, Gary Johnson, manage to get 1,275,970 votes?  And how did the party's 2012 candidates for US House around the nation managed to get 1,388,223 votes?

  • That's nice in THEORY, but in reality, libertarians are just Repubicans who are so ashamed of the party that they call themselved Libertarians instead...they almost always have a strong right wing bias and vote Republican.  LINOs.