Libertarian Party Platforms

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The various Libertarian Party platforms have been amazingly extreme and one of the best arguments AGAINST libertarianism. So radical, that they have mostly been purged from the web so as not to embarrass the party. They grew more and more detailed and outrageous until 2006 when they were abbreviated so that they wouldn't frighten off newcomers. The newest platforms show only the mildest, vaguest tip of the libertarian iceberg.

The current platform is available at The Libertarian Party web page. Older versions are available at The Libertarian Party via the WayBackMachine (Internet Archive.)

One of the more persistant and comical parts of all the platforms has been "The Pledge": "I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals." The pledge is nonsensical because of the violence inherent in the institution of property. The purpose of the pledge is as a fig leaf; to give libertarians plausible deniability of the violent extremism that libertarianism has always attracted. But it's quite amusing to hear how much party members disagree over what it means: whether it is or isn't ok to overthrow the US because it has "initiated force" and they would be "retaliating". There is no such "restriction" on non-LP libertarians.

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1980 Platform of the Libertarian Party
The platform from when David Koch ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate. Full of weirdness!
1992 National Platform of the Libertarian Party
A long, detailed platform that includes the extreme Children's Rights plank.
  • Abolition of regulation: prostitution, drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography, weapons, food, etc. (I.3).
  • No restrictions on polygamy, child prostitution, baby selling, etc. (I.11, I.21).
  • Abolition of patents and copyright (II.6).
  • Privatization of air and water (III.2).
  • Abolition of public funding for education (III.4).
  • Abolition of Medicaid and Social Security (III.8).
  • Secession at all levels (IV.A.5).
2004 National Platform of the Libertarian Party [More...]
The last of the long, detailed platforms before the 2006 purge. It already had been watered down from some of the extremism of earlier versions.
The Portland Plank Massacre of 2006 [More...]
What really happened at the Libertarian Party convention that reduced the platform from 61 lengthy planks to 15 paragraphs?
What Do the Koch Brothers Want?
"The agenda of the Koch brothers is to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the most vulnerable in this country." Based on the 1980 Platform of the Libertarian Party.
You don't know what 'Libertarian' means... [More...]
Polls show that people who claim to be libertarians don't know what they are talking about by the standards of the odious 1980 Libertarian Party Platform.

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