- Each individual has the right to his or her own life, and this right is the source of all other rights.
- Chief among those rights is that of liberty -- the individual's right to peacefully pursue his or her own goals without being subject to force or fraud initiated by others. The right to liberty includes: freedom of thought, of conscience, of expression, of property, of movement and of association.
- In order to protect the life, liberty and property of all, human society requires government, an institution charged with the task of barring force and fraud from social relations. This is the fundamental role of government and the basis of its legitimacy.
- The proper functions of government therefore are:
- providing a framework of objective laws within which individuals may be certain of their rights and may settle their disputes;
- providing protection from criminals; and
- providing protection from foreign invaders.
- In order to ensure that government does not exceed its protective function and become tyrannous, its powers must be strictly limited by the constitutionally entrenched rule of law.
- As a consequence of all the above, every individual -- as long as he or she respects the life, liberty and property of others -- has the right to live as he or she sees fit.
The Choice: Freedom or Big Government
Years of uncontrolled government growth have damaged our economy and diminished the liberties we inherited. The politicians still hold to the socialist dream of a state-directed society. The Libertarian Party takes the opposite approach.
The Libertarian Credo
WE believe in limited government and the rule of law.
WE believe in individual freedom and personal responsibility.
WE believe in the free-market economy.
WE believe that the government which governs LEAST governs BEST