reply to post by Tazkven
To give you my opinion of those specific questions you asked…
1) People should be free. If they choose to come together in a group to further their prosperity through collective bargaining, they should be
allowed to do so. The phrase “Strength in numbers” is not a theory or philosophy, it is a fact of reality.
2) Pro life or Pro choice. Most Libertarians are by default “pro choice" primarily because what another person chooses to do with their body, or
their home or their mind is no one else’s business…period…especially the damn Gov.
3) Free trade…I can quote you right out of the party platform on this one…most completely miss the point though. They think Libertarians want to
ship all the jobs to countries to be done by slaves…not true. What Libertarians want is the Government out of the middle of it…stop meddling,
taxing and controlling. Here is the party platform position…Free trade between two consenting adults should be just that. The Gov's purpose is to
protect our borders, our rights and our property...that's it.
From the Libertarian Party Platform
2.0 Economic Liberty
Libertarians want all members of society to have abundant opportunities to achieve economic success. A free and competitive market allocates resources
in the most efficient manner. Each person has the right to offer goods and services to others on the free market. The only proper role of government
in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. All
efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, are improper in a free society.
2.1 Property and Contract
Property rights are entitled to the same protection as all other human rights. The owners of property have the full right to control, use, dispose of,
or in any manner enjoy, their property without interference, until and unless the exercise of their control infringes the valid rights of others. We
oppose all controls on wages, prices, rents, profits, production, and interest rates. We advocate the repeal of all laws banning or restricting the
advertising of prices, products, or services. We oppose all violations of the right to private property, liberty of contract, and freedom of trade.
The right to trade includes the right not to trade — for any reasons whatsoever. Where property, including land, has been taken from its rightful
owners by the government or private action in violation of individual rights, we favor restitution to the rightful owners.
We support a clean and healthy environment and sensible use of our natural resources. Private landowners and conservation groups have a vested
interest in maintaining natural resources. Pollution and misuse of resources cause damage to our ecosystem. Governments, unlike private businesses,
are unaccountable for such damage done to our environment and have a terrible track record when it comes to environmental protection. Protecting the
environment requires a clear definition and enforcement of individual rights in resources like land, water, air, and wildlife. Free markets and
property rights stimulate the technological innovations and behavioral changes required to protect our environment and ecosystems. We realize that our
planet's climate is constantly changing, but environmental advocates and social pressure are the most effective means of changing public behavior.
2.3 Energy and Resources
While energy is needed to fuel a modern society, government should not be subsidizing any particular form of energy. We oppose all government control
of energy pricing, allocation, and production.
2.4 Government Finance and Spending
All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service
and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax
collectors. Government should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent. We support the passage of a "Balanced Budget
Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes.
2.5 Money and Financial Markets
We favor free-market banking, with unrestricted competition among banks and depository institutions of all types. Individuals engaged in voluntary
exchange should be free to use as money any mutually agreeable commodity or item. We support a halt to inflationary monetary policies and
unconstitutional legal tender laws.
2.6 Monopolies and Corporations
We defend the right of individuals to form corporations, cooperatives and other types of companies based on voluntary association. We seek to divest
government of all functions that can be provided by non-governmental organizations or private individuals. We oppose government subsidies to business,
labor, or any other special interest. Industries should be governed by free markets.
2.7 Labor Markets
We support repeal of all laws which impede the ability of any person to find employment. We oppose government-fostered forced retirement. We support
the right of free persons to associate or not associate in labor unions, and an employer should have the right to recognize or refuse to recognize a
union. We oppose government interference in bargaining, such as compulsory arbitration or imposing an obligation to bargain.
Education is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality, accountability and efficiency with more diversity of choice. Recognizing
that the education of children is a parental responsibility, we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children,
without interference from government. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children's education.
2.9 Health Care
We favor restoring and reviving a free market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance
they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects
of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. People should be free to purchase health insurance across state lines.
2.10 Retirement and Income Security
Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government. Libertarians would phase out the current government-sponsored Social
Security system and transition to a private voluntary system. The proper and most effective source of help for the poor is the voluntary efforts of
private groups and individuals. We believe members of society will become more charitable and civil society will be strengthened as government reduces
its activity in this realm.
Read the rest of the platform at the above linked address
edit on 2/19/2013 by Jeremiah65 because: (no reason given)
2/19/2013 by Jeremiah65 because: (no reason given)