About the Libertarian Party

We Are The Party of Principle

The Libertarian Party (LP) is the sole political organization upholding individuals as special beings with the power of autonomy and responsibility. That’s why we’re crowned the “Party of Principle,” proudly advocating for decreased government intervention, assuming personal accountability, and cultivating economic liberty. We are devoted to preserving the freedoms of each and every American, motivated to train them how to fully use their civil rights.

As a powerful advocate for civil liberties, we acknowledge the importance of upholding each Americans’ natural right to freedom. Committed to this cause and recognizing the responsibilities often associated with civic engagement, we empower individual citizens to voice their opinions through actionable measures like elections, protests, and petitions. Our members’ advocate for policies that prioritize the rights of the individual, as well as fighting for protections against our expansive government’s unrepresentative nature of “we the people.”

Members of the Libertarian Party Share:

A Strong Voice for Individual Liberty

Since 1971, the Libertarian Party has been presenting candidates in every election cycle. We strive to give liberty a voice and ensure that our candidates are promoting a strong message of freedom and civil liberties. By joining the LP, you can help to ensure that this message is heard in your own community and across the country.

A Commitment to Freedom

Libertarians strongly oppose any form of government interference into their personal, family, and business decisions. We believe that individuals should be free to make their own choices regarding their lives and interests as long as it does not harm anyone else. By joining the LP, you are helping to promote a commitment to freedom and personal responsibility for all.

Join the Libertarian Party Today

If you are looking for a way to make your voice heard and stand up for your civil liberties, then join the Libertarian Party today. By joining our movement, you can help to ensure that liberty is respected and protected across the country. Together, we can make sure that all individuals have the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams and find success in a free and open society.

The History of the Libertarian Party

The Libertarian Party of the United States was formed in Colorado Springs in the home of Luke Zell by a group of individuals led by David Nolan on December 11, 1971, after several months of debate among members of the Committee to Form a Libertarian Party, founded July 17. The formation was prompted in part by price controls and the end of the Gold Standard implemented by President Richard Nixon. The Libertarian Party viewed the dominant Republican and Democratic parties as having diverged from what they viewed as the libertarian principles of the American Founding Fathers. This group included John Hospers, Edward Crane, Manuel Klausner, Murray Rothbard, Roy Childs, D. Frank Robinson, Theodora (Tonie) Nathan,[citation needed] and Jim Dean.

A press conference announcing the new party was held on January 31, 1972, at the party’s headquarters in Westminster, Colorado. The first national convention, attracting 89 delegates from 23 states, was held that June in Denver, Colorado. According to Ron Crickenberger, former Political Director of the LP, a search of LP records showed that the LP had elected Miguel Gilson-De Lemos in a partisan local board race in New York even before the adoption of its first platform.[citation needed] Several others were also elected or appointed that year. Party leaders initially doubted they would even see six people elected or appointed by 2001, so this led to early optimism among some. However, in subsequent years the number of people in office seemed to be about 1% of its donor base: approximately 30 officeholders with 3,000 donors in 1981; 100 in office and 10,000 donors in 1991; and 600 and 60,000 in 2001.

In 1971, seventy-five percent of members supported running a presidential ticket and sixty percent supported running candidates for lower offices. Members of the party supported giving its presidential nomination to Murray Rothbard, Alan Greenspan, Vivien Kellems, A. Ernest Fitzgerald, Martin Anderson, Phil Crane, Robert A. Heinlein, H. R. Gross, Milton Friedman, Sam Ervin, Henry Manne, or Karl Hess. The party’s name was selected by a vote of 111 to 87 in favor. John Hospers won the presidential nomination for the 1972 presidential election against James Bryan and Tonie Nathan defeated Diana Amsden for the vice-presidential nomination.

By the 1972 presidential election, the party had grown to over 80 members and had attained ballot access in two states. Their presidential ticket received between 3,000 and 4,000 votes, but received the first and only electoral college vote for a Libertarian presidential ticket, from Roger MacBride of Virginia, who was pledged to Richard Nixon. His was also the first vote ever cast for a woman in the United States Electoral College. MacBride became the party’s presidential nominee in the 1976 presidential election. The 1976 election established the Libertarian Party as the number 1 alternative political party in the United States, and it remains the most successful alternative political party since the end of the Second World War.

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On the Issues

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. 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.

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