What does it mean to be a Libertarian? The idea behind libertarianism is that choices regarding one’s life, liberty and property are best left to the individual. In a free society, each person is trusted to make choices regarding their own body, money and possessions as long as their choices do not interfere with anyone else’s ability to do the same. Any attempt by a government or persons in a position of power to restrict or outlaw someone’s right to make these decisions is a violation of rights. In a nutshell, Libertarians believe in minimum government, maximum freedom and elimination of taxes. Take a look at this brief video for further explanation.
Where do you stand?
If you feel that this message resonates with you, we encourage you to take this brief political compass test that can really help determine just how libertarian you are. If the ideals of libertarianism are new to you, you may find you landed a bit closer to authoritarian than you expected. Don’t worry, that happens to a lot of us. On the other hand, we encourage you to come to one of our meetings, bring lots of questions, and be prepared for a friendly group of people who will be happy to assist.
Here are several other online resources about the party and libertarian basics we hope you will explore and find useful.
- The National Libertarian Party Statement of Principle and Platform
- Michigan Libertarian Party Statement of Principle and Platform
- Official Jo Jorgensen campaign website, our POTUS candidate
- Larry Sharpe explaining why we have an “-ism” (video)
- Libertarian Leadership Academy, Non Aggression Principle (video)
- An Introduction to Libertarianism, Libertarianism.org (video)