Libertarian Party Platform

1996 National Platform of the Libertarian Party

Adopted in Convention
July 1996
Washington, D.C.

Preamble

As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives, and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

Consequently, we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.

In the following pages we have set forth our basic principles and enumerated various policy stands derived from those principles.

These specific policies are not our goal, however. Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this end that we take these stands.

Table of Contents

Statement of Principles

I. Individual Rights and Civil Order

II. Trade and the Economy

III. Domestic Ills

IV. Foreign Affairs

A. Diplomatic Policy

B. Military

C. Economic Policy

D. International Relations

V. Omissions


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