Libertarian Party of Collier County, Florida

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OUR PRINCIPLES

The goal of the Libertarian Party is to promote Liberty. We strive for and strongly promote the same principles held by our founding fathers which sparked the American Revolution. The political philosophy we embrace is that each individual has a right to live their lives and use their property as they see fit, as long as they respect the full right of others to do the same. We consistently and firmly advocate personal and economic freedom and a noninterventionist foreign policy.

We believe that "power corrupts," and that politicians cannot be counted on to put people's rights ahead of the demands of powerful groups and lobbyists and their own desire for reelection and more power.

We believe that the free market economic system has proved itself to be the best system for providing consumers with the products and services they want and for dramatically increasing the standard of living, especially for the poor and middle classes. Government should not have the power to tell people what type, quantity, or quality of goods and services they must produce or buy; or, the power to prohibit peaceful activities even if some people don't approve of them. We believe that Americans should have the right to trade with people of other countries, directly and indirectly by buying imported products, without tariffs or quotas.

We oppose government attempts to redistribute income from poor to rich or from rich to poor. We oppose all government subsidies and favors to any groups or individuals. We advocate an end to government spying and harassment, and repeal of all "victimless crime" laws.

We strongly support law-enforcement that ensures that everyone obeys the basic rules of not using force against others (except in self-defense) and not committing fraud or theft.

We advocate a foreign policy of noninterventionism and that the U.S. government should not be involved with the internal affairs of other countries. We believe that the sole purpose of the American military should be the defense of the U.S. We advocate an end to all tax-financed foreign aid programs, as we believe that charity should be voluntary. We absolutely oppose conscription (the draft) in war or peace--it's a form of slavery.

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
    -- Thomas Jefferson


  
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