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,” http://www.lp.org (accessed Dec. 3, 2007)
“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,” http://www.lp.org (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,” http://www.lp.org (accessed Dec. 4, 2007)