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to liberty of speech and action accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the. freedom of speech and press as well as government censorship in any form and 3 the right to. property accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property such as. confiscation nationalization and eminent domain and support the prohibition of robbery trespass . fraud and misrepresentation , Since governments when instituted must not violate individual rights we oppose all interference. by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals People should. not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others They should be left free. by government to deal with one another as free traders and the resultant economic system the only. one compatible with the protection of individual rights is the free market . 1 0 PERSONAL LIBERTY , Individuals are inherently free to make choices for themselves and must accept responsibility for the. consequences of the choices they make Our support of an individual s right to make choices in life. does not mean that we necessarily approve or disapprove of those choices No individual group or. government may rightly initiate force against any other individual group or government . Libertarians reject the notion that groups have inherent rights We support the rights of the smallest. minority the individual ,1 1 Self Ownership , Individuals own their bodies and have rights over them that other individuals groups and. governments may not violate Individuals have the freedom and responsibility to decide what they. knowingly and voluntarily consume and what risks they accept to their own health finances . safety or life ,1 2 Expression and Communication , We support full freedom of expression and oppose government censorship regulation or control of. communications media and technology We favor the freedom to engage in or abstain from any. religious activities that do not violate the rights of others We oppose government actions which. either aid or attack any religion ,1 3 Privacy , Libertarians advocate individual privacy and government transparency We are committed to ending.
government s practice of spying on everyone We support the rights recognized by the Fourth. Amendment to be secure in our persons homes property and communications Protection from. unreasonable search and seizure should include records held by third parties such as email . medical and library records , 1 4 Personal Relationships . Sexual orientation preference gender or gender identity should have no impact on the. government s treatment of individuals such as in current marriage child custody adoption . immigration or military service laws Government does not have the authority to define promote . license or restrict personal relationships regardless of the number of participants Consenting. adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships Until such. time as the government stops its illegitimate practice of marriage licensing such licenses must be. granted to all consenting adults who apply ,1 5 Abortion . Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good faith views on all sides . we believe that government should be kept out of the matter leaving the question to each person for. their conscientious consideration ,1 6 Parental Rights . Parents or other guardians have the right to raise their children according to their own standards. and beliefs provided that the rights of children to be free from abuse and neglect are also protected . 1 7 Crime and Justice , Government force must be limited to the protection of the rights of individuals to life liberty and. property and governments must never be permitted to violate these rights Laws should be limited. in their application to violations of the rights of others through force or fraud or to deliberate. actions that place others involuntarily at significant risk of harm Therefore we favor the repeal of. all laws creating crimes without victims such as gambling the use of drugs for medicinal or. recreational purposes and consensual transactions involving sexual services We support restitution. to the victim to the fullest degree possible at the expense of the criminal or the negligent wrongdoer . The constitutional rights of the criminally accused including due process a speedy trial legal. counsel trial by jury and the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty must be. preserved We assert the common law right of juries to judge not only the facts but also the justice. of the law We oppose the prosecutorial practice of over charging in criminal prosecutions so as. to avoid jury trials by intimidating defendants into accepting plea bargains . 1 8 Death Penalty , We oppose the administration of the death penalty by the state .
1 9 Self Defense , The only legitimate use of force is in defense of individual rights life liberty and justly acquired. property against aggression This right inheres in the individual who may agree to be aided by. any other individual or group We affirm the individual right recognized by the Second Amendment. to keep and bear arms and oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self . defense Private property owners should be free to establish their own conditions regarding the. presence of personal defense weapons on their own property We oppose all laws at any level of. government restricting registering or monitoring the ownership manufacture or transfer of. firearms or ammunition ,2 0 ECONOMIC LIBERTY , Libertarians want all members of society to have abundant opportunities to achieve economic. success A free and competitive market allocates resources in the most efficient manner Each. person has the right to offer goods and services to others on the free market The only proper role of. government in the economic realm is to protect property rights adjudicate disputes and provide a. legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected All efforts by government to redistribute. wealth or to control or manage trade are improper in a free society . 2 1 Property and Contract , As respect for property rights is fundamental to maintaining a free and prosperous society it. follows that the freedom to contract to obtain retain profit from manage or dispose of one s. property must also be upheld Libertarians would free property owners from government restrictions. on their rights to control and enjoy their property as long as their choices do not harm or infringe. on the rights of others Eminent domain civil asset forfeiture governmental limits on profits . governmental production mandates and governmental controls on prices of goods and services. including wages rents and interest are abridgements of such fundamental rights For voluntary. dealings among private entities parties should be free to choose with whom they trade and set. whatever trade terms are mutually agreeable ,2 2 Environment . Competitive free markets and property rights stimulate the technological innovations and behavioral. changes required to protect our environment and ecosystems Private landowners and conservation. groups have a vested interest in maintaining natural resources Governments are unaccountable for. damage done to our environment and have a terrible track record when it comes to environmental. protection Protecting the environment requires a clear definition and enforcement of individual. rights and responsibilities regarding resources like land water air and wildlife Where damages. can be proven and quantified in a court of law restitution to the injured parties must be required . 2 3 Energy and Resources , While energy is needed to fuel a modern society government should not be subsidizing any.
particular form of energy We oppose all government control of energy pricing allocation and. production , 2 4 Government Finance and Spending , All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor We call for the repeal of the income tax the. abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required. under the U S Constitution We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax. collectors We support any initiative to reduce or abolish any tax and oppose any increase on any. tax for any reason To the extent possible we advocate that all public services be funded in a. voluntary manner ,2 5 Government Debt , Government should not incur debt which burdens future generations without their consent We. support the passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U S Constitution provided that the. budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures and not by raising taxes . 2 6 Government Employees , We favor repealing any requirement that one must join or pay dues to a union as a condition of. government employment We advocate replacing defined benefit pensions with defined . contribution plans as are commonly offered in the private sector so as not to impose debt on future. generations without their consent ,2 7 Money and Financial Markets . We favor free market banking with unrestricted competition among banks and depository. institutions of all types Markets are not actually free unless fraud is vigorously combated Those. who enjoy the possibility of profits must not impose risks of losses upon others such as through. government guarantees or bailouts We support ending federal student loan guarantees and special. treatment of student loan debt in bankruptcy proceedings Individuals engaged in voluntary. exchange should be free to use as money any mutually agreeable commodity or item We support a. halt to inflationary monetary policies and unconstitutional legal tender laws . 2 8 Marketplace Freedom , Libertarians support free markets We defend the right of individuals to form corporations .
cooperatives and other types of entities based on voluntary association We oppose all forms of. government subsidies and bailouts to business labor or any other special interest Government. should not compete with private enterprise ,2 9 Licensing . Libertarians support the right of every person to earn an honest and peaceful living through the free. and voluntary exchange of goods and services Accordingly we oppose occupational and other. licensing laws that infringe on this right or treat it as a state granted privilege We encourage. certifications by voluntary associations of professionals . 2 10 Sex Work , The Libertarian Party supports the decriminalization of prostitution We assert the right of. consenting adults to provide sexual services to clients for compensation and the right of clients to. purchase sexual services from consenting sex workers . 2 11 Labor Markets , Employment and compensation agreements between private employers and employees are outside. the scope of government and these contracts should not be encumbered by government mandated. benefits or social engineering We support the right of private employers and employees to choose. whether or not to bargain with each other through a labor union Bargaining should be free of. government interference such as compulsory arbitration or imposing an obligation to bargain . 2 12 Education , Education is best provided by the free market achieving greater quality accountability and. efficiency with more diversity of choice Recognizing that the education of children is a parental. responsibility we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children . without interference from government Parents should have control of and responsibility for all. funds expended for their children s education ,2 13 Health Care .
We favor a free market health care system We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine. the level of health insurance they want if any the level of health care they want the care providers. they want the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care . including end of life decisions People should be free to purchase health insurance across state. lines ,2 14 Retirement and Income Security , Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual not the government Libertarians would. phase out the current government sponsored Social Security system and transition to a private. voluntary system The proper and most effective source of help for the poor is the voluntary efforts. of private groups and individuals We believe members of society will become even more charitable. and civil society will be strengthened as government reduces its activity in this realm . 3 0 SECURING LIBERTY , The protection of individual rights is the only proper purpose of government Government is. constitutionally limited so as to prevent the infringement of individual rights by the government. itself The principle of non initiation of force should guide the relationships between governments . 3 1 National Defense , We support the maintenance of a sufficient military to defend the United States against aggression . The United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as. policeman for the world We oppose any form of compulsory national service . 3 2 Internal Security and Individual Rights , The defense of the country requires that we have adequate intelligence to detect and to counter. LIBERTARIAN PARTY PLATFORM As adopted in Convention July 2018 New Orleans Louisianai PREAMBLE As Libertarians we seek a world of liberty a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and are not forced to sacrifice their values for the benefit of others

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