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The Libertarian Party

The Libertarian Party is a United States political party created in 1971.

The Libertarian Party wants a mostly unregulated free-market economy, strong civil liberties, a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade, and opposition to the War of Drugs. The Libertarian Party also supports individual liberty, and reducing the size of the government. In general Libertarians are economically conservative and socially liberal.

Libertarians claim that their platform follows from the ultimate value of individual liberty: the right of individuals to exercise sole dominion over their own lives and property, and to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the right of others to do the same. To this end, Libertarians want to reduce the size of government (eliminating many of its current functions entirely), and cut taxes.

Within the larger framework of libertarian politics, the Libertarian Party's platform falls roughly in the realm of free market minarchism. The party advocates limiting the government as much as possible, within the framework of the United States Constitution. There is some internal disagreement about this platform, and not all the party's supporters advocate its complete implementation, but most think that the USA would benefit from some of the Libertarian Party's proposed changes. On the other hand, some Libertarians are actually anarcho-capitalists who view minarchy as a first step towards the abolition of government.

In 2002, the Libertarian Party received more than a million votes in the House of Representatives elections, more than twice the votes received by all other minority parties.

Currently on the ballot in 30 states/ 225,000 registered voters.

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