www.lp.org/ Libertarian Party (United States)

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According to wikipedia, “The Libertarian Party is an American national libertarian political party that promotes civil liberties, free markets, and laissez-faire capitalism. The Libertarian Party was conceived at meetings in the home of David F. Nolan in Westminster, Colorado in 1971.The official formation of the Libertarian Party occurred on December 11, 1971 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.The founding of the party was prompted in part due to concerns about the Vietnam War, conscription, and the end of the gold standard.

Although there is not an explicitly-labeled “left” or “right” designation of the party, many members, such as 2012 presidential nominee Gary Johnson, state that they are more socially liberal than the Democrats, but more fiscally conservative than the Republicans. The party has generally promoted a classical liberal platform, in contrast to the social liberal and progressive platform of the Democrats and the more conservative platform of the Republicans.Current policy positions include lowering taxes, allowing people to opt out of Social Security, abolishing welfare, ending the prohibition of illegal drugs,and supporting gun ownership rights.

In the 30 states where voters can register by party, there is a combined total of 330,811 voters registered under the party. By this count the Libertarian Party is the third-largest party by membership in the United States and it is the third-largest political party in the United States in terms of the popular vote in the country’s elections and number of candidates run per election.

The Libertarian Party has many firsts to its credit, such as being the party under which the first electoral vote was cast for a woman in a United States presidential election, due to a faithless elector. Though the party has never won a seat in the United States Congress, it has seen electoral success in state legislative races. Three Libertarians were elected in Alaska between 1978 and 1984, with another four elected in New Hampshire in 1992″.

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