The Libertarian Party proudly stands on publicly stated philosophical principles, namely those of libertarianism, hence the name of the party. While the word “libertarian” actually means something, the Republican and Democratic parties have exploited the meaninglessness of their names to the fullest extent by allowing their positions on issues to change radically in order to simply win votes and keep a hold on power. The Libertarian Party is different. On principle, libertarians have always sought to empower the individual instead of the government. Since the inception of the Libertarian Party in 1971, our Statement of Principles, which explains the rationale behind our platform, has remained untouched. We have always fought for all of your rights, even the unpopular ones, and that will never change.

Why is there a Libertarian Party?

Many of us are "libertarians" we voluntarily interact with family, neighbors, business associates and community daily but the two private parties the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Party are both wings of the same bird of prey - billions spent on the military industrial complex, shredding the Constitution and our Bill of Rights through the Surveillance state all in the name of "National Security" - we demand accountability & transparency on all levels of Governance thus no more Coke/Pepsi it's time for a principled Party that believes in social and political justice and change in a Peaceful way - through the ballot box & voluntary cooperation. Good ideas do not require force.   

What can I do to make a difference, I am one person

First every registered Libertarian provides more power in the ballot booth - we are a "minor" political party so we have more requirements or hurdles to even participate whether it's the amount of petition signatures our Candidates need to get on the ballot or participate in debates / the soap box. When you become a dues paying member of the State Party those funds directly help pay our Executive Director who is full time, as we are all volunteers. Same with joining the National Level so the Party can focus on Federal Issues. We accept local donations that are used for maintenance of our website, obtaining a dedicated phone number and can help with advertising and outreach as we continue to grow. Participate in one of 5 parades that we annually are in.

Neither! Libertarians don’t fit at all inside the “left-right” paradigm. Libertarians have an entirely unique view of the world: that human interaction ought to be as voluntary as possible. Although we are commonly described as “fiscally conservative and socially liberal”, that is not entirely correct. In truth, although you would never guess it by looking at their behavior, it is really that the Republicans claim to be fiscally libertarian and the Democrats claim to be socially libertarian! That said, libertarians approach politics and policy from a completely different angle than the big two parties, but their policies at least superficially resemble parts of what libertarians call for.

Generally, no, although most libertarians would acknowledge that strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution would surely be a more desirable system of government than the one we currently have. You will find that many libertarians vigorously oppose and call for the repeal of the 16th Amendment, which essentially served to legalize the income tax. Most of the arguments you will hear libertarians make are not Constitution-based, or for that matter even law-based. Rather, you will see an abundance of ethics and economics.

Libertarianism as a philosophy is wholly independent of the U.S. Constitution, which itself was actually based largely on the preexisting classical liberal views of many of its authors and signers. The Constitution is by no means a perfect blueprint to a voluntary society, but returning to Jeffersonian “strict constructionism” would be a major first step towards achieving one.