1972/06/17/Libertarian Party Platform of 1972

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We hold that each individual has the right to exercise sole dominion over his own life, and has the right to live his life in whatever manner he chooses, so long as he does not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live their lives in whatever manner they choose.

Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the life of the individual and seize the fruits of his labor without his consent.

We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that the sole function of government is the protection of the rights of each individual: namely (1) the right to life -- and accordingly we support laws prohibiting the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action -- and accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property -- and accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support laws which prohibit robbery, trespass, fraud and misrepresentation.

Since government has only one legitimate function, the protection of individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. Men should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders on a free market; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of man's rights, is laissez-faire capitalism.


Page typeLink +
SiteThe American Presidency Project +
Summary"We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state, and defend the rights of the individual." +
Thing typeArticle +
TitleLibertarian Party Platform of 1972 +
Title/shortLibertarian Party Platform of 1972 +
TopicUS/Libertarian Party +, Party platforms +, Government + and Government/purpose +
When postedJune 17, 1972 +
URL
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http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=29615 +