Economist Murray Rothbard famously described libertarianism as a political philosophy that uphold liberty as the highest political end. This includes emphasis on the primacy of individual liberty, political freedom, and voluntary association. Many consider libertarianism the antonym to authoritarianism. In the United States, the Libertarian Party is the main political platform focused on libertarian values and the movement increasingly includes nationally recognized leaders of the Republican Party including Presidential contender Ron Paul and his son Senator Rand Paul. See the Democracy Chronicles Third Party Central, Green Party, and Justice Party pages. Also visit our third party page!
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Libertarianism, laissez-faire, pro-civil rights, anti-war
The Libertarian Party is a national American political party that reflects the ideas of libertarianism and small government. Although there is not an explicitly-labeled “left” or “right” designation of the party, many members, such as Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, say they are more socially liberal than the Democrats, but more fiscally conservative than the Republicans. The party has generally promoted a classical liberal platform, in contrast to the modern liberal and progressive platform of the Democrats and the more conservative platform of the Republicans.
According to widely cited statistics, there are 330,811 voters registered as Libertarian Party members across the 30 states where voters can self identify by party. By this count the Libertarian Party is the third-largest party by membership in the United States and it is the third-largest political party in the United States in terms of the popular vote in the country’s elections and number of candidates run per election. Due to this, it has been labelled by some as the United States’ third-largest political party. It is also identified by many as the fastest growing political party in the United States.
As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others. We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized. Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power. These specific policies are not our goal, however. Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this end that we take these stands.
Libertarianism In the United Kingdom
The Libertarian Party in the United Kingdom is a political movement concerned with the pursuit of propertarian libertarian ideals in the United Kingdom. While not as prominent as libertarianism in the United States, after the 1980s and the economic liberalism of the premiership of Margaret Thatcher, the libertarian movement became more prominent in British politics In the Conservative Party, there is a faction of libertarians based around Thatcherism.