|- Libertarian Party - Principles -
Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, 1813
The Libertarian Party was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1972. At that time, 85 people formed the Party. Since then, the Libertarian Party has grown to become the third largest political party in the country.
But, what is a Libertarian? A Libertarian:
"For as long as most of us can remember, Republican and Democratic politicians have talked about solving the problems that face Americans; but their "solutions" have only worsened the situation higher and higher taxes; greater intrusions into our personal lives; more rapes, murders, and muggings, and a crumbling public school system graduating fewer and fewer people who can read.
We believe the American people like their counterparts in Eastern Europe have seen through the charade of big government. We believe the American people are ready for a fresh approach to the problems that plague us. Libertarian ideas were instrumental in the birth of our country, and they can inspire a return to the individual initiative, responsibility, and prosperity that were once part of the American dream. If you agree, we hope you will join us."
Quoted from the Libertarian Party general literature
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Libertarian Platform can be found HERE. [Sadly, since I posted this in 2004, the LP's Platform was recently and apparently illegitimately gutted with some 45 positions removed by those who would have us be just like the other Parties.]
A non-comprehensive history of the origins and fragmentation of the modern libertarian movement can be found HERE