Libertarian Party| Post No. 123107-4

Libertarian Party

History of the Libertarian Party

  • 1971: The Libertarian Party was founded.
  • 1979: Permanent ballot status achieved in California as more than 80,000 voters register Libertarian.
  • 1988: Ron Paul, on the ballot in 46 states and the District of Columbia, comes in third, receiving more than 430,000 votes nationwide — almost twice the total of any other ‘third’ party.
  • 1996: The Libertarian Party becomes the first third party in American history to earn ballot status in all 50 states two presidential elections in a row.
  • 2005: In August the LP transitioned from a members-based organization to a donors-based organization with the passage of the Zero Dues Resolution.

Source: “History,” (accessed Dec. 3, 2007)

Mission Statement

“Libertarians believe the answer to America’s political problems is the same commitment to freedom that earned America its greatness: a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to civil liberties and personal freedom that marks this country above all others; and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by America’s founders.”

“History,” (accessed Dec. 3, 2007)


“We…hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely,

(1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others;
(2) the right 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.”

“Platform,” (accessed Dec. 4, 2007)


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