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The Alaska Libertarian Party
200 w 34th Ave # 543
“Life, Liberty, Property”
Adopted in Convention, April 26, 2014 Anchorage Alaska
As Alaskan Libertarians, We believe that individuals have the right to life, liberty, and property.
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 true freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.
We defend each individual’s right to engage in any activity that does not actively violate another's right to life, liberty, and property, 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.
Statement of Principles:
The Party challenges the omnipotent state and defends the rights of the individual.
We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their
own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as
they do not forcibly interfere with the equal rights of others to live in whatever
manner they choose.
1.0 Personal Liberty
Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and to accept responsibility
for consequences for the choices they make. No individual, group, or government may
initiate force against any other individual, group or government. Our support of
any individual’s right to make choices in life does not mean that we necessarily
approve or disapprove of those choices. Government does not have the authority to
define, license, or restrict personal relationships between consenting adults.
1.1 Communication and Expression
We support full freedom of expression and oppose government censorship, regulation, or control of communications media and technology. We favor the freedom to engage in or abstain from any activities including religious that do not violate the rights of others. We oppose government actions which either aid or attack any religion.
1.2 Personal Privacy
We support the rights recognized by the Fourth Amendment to secure in our persons,
homes, and property. Protection from unreasonable search and seizure should include
records held by third parties, such as email, medical, and library records. Only
actions that infringe on the rights of others can properly be termed crimes. We favor
the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims. We oppose all forms of
electronic surveillance or information gathering without the consent of the individual.
1.3 Crime and Justice
Government exists to protect the rights of every individual including life, liberty
and property. Criminal laws should be limited to the violation of the rights of others
through force or fraud, or deliberate actions that place others involuntarily at
significant risk of harm. Individuals retain the right to voluntarily assume risk
of harm to themselves. We support restitution of the victim to the fullest degree
possible at the expense of the criminal or the negligent wrongdoer. We oppose reduction
of constitutional safeguards of the rights of the criminally accused. The rights
of due process, a speedy trial, legal counsel, trial by jury, and legal presumption
of innocence until proven guilty, must not be denied. We assert the common-law right
of juries to judge not only the facts but also the justice of the law.
The only legitimate use of force is in defense of individual rights-life, liberty, and justly acquired property-against aggression. This right is inherent in the individual, who may agree to be aided by any other group. We affirm the individual right recognized by the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms, and oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense. We oppose all laws and treaties at any level of government including the United Nations, requiring registration of, or restricting, the ownership, manufacture, or transfer or sale of firearms or ammunition. We support the right of defense of life, liberty and property anywhere, anytime by any means for one’s self or others.
1.5 Economic Liberty
We advocate that all members of society have abundant opportunities to achieve economic
success. A free and competitive market allocates resources in the most efficient
manner. Each person has the right to offer goods and services to others in a free
market. The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property
rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade
is protected. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or
manage trade, are improper in a free society.
1.6 Property and Contract
Property rights are entitled to the same protection as all other human rights. The
owners of property have the full right to control, use, dispose of, or in any manner
enjoy, their property, including sub-surface rights, without interference, until
and unless the exercise of their control infringes the valid rights of others. We
oppose all controls of wages, prices, rents, profits, production, and interest rates.
We advocate the repeal of all laws banning or restricting the advertising of prices,
products, or services. We oppose all violations of the rights to private property,
liberty of contract, and freedom of trade. The right to trade includes the right
not to trade- for any reasons whatsoever. Where property, including land, has been
taken from its rightful owners by the government or private action in violation of
individual rights, we favor restitution to the rightful owners. The government does
not have the right under the laws of eminent domain to take from one citizen and
give to another.
Large scale industrial projects that present the prospect of an environmental disaster
should be licensed only upon the posting of a bond by a third-party who would be
responsible to cover all of the costs of cleanup and environmental restoration. This
includes nuclear power plants, undersea oil-drilling and large-scale toxic chemical
production. All activities that contaminate the environment should be restrained
by strict liability laws that place the burden of pollution abatement and compensation
for direct harm to others on the party who created the pollution product or service.
We support a clean and healthy environment balanced with a prudent exploitation of
natural resources. The best way to protect the environment is through a vigorous
protection of private property rights and a free market economy. We are opposed to
any regulatory agencies having the force of law.
2.0 Energy and Resources
While energy is needed to fuel a modern society, government should not be subsidizing any particular form of energy. We oppose all government control of energy pricing, allocation, and production.
2.1 Government Finance and Spending
All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. We call for the repeal
of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal
programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution.
2.2 Money and Financial Markets
We favor free-market banking, with unrestricted competition among banks and depository
institutions of all types. Individuals engaged in voluntary exchange should be free
to use as money any mutually agreeable commodity or item. We support a halt to inflationary
monetary policies and unconstitutional legal tender laws. We support the abolishment
of the Federal Reserve system. We support the private ownership of precious metals.
2.3 Monopolies and Corporations
We defend the rights of individuals to form corporations, cooperatives and other
types of companies based on voluntary association. We seek to divest government of
all functions that can be provided by non-governmental organizations or private individuals.
We oppose government subsidies and regulation to business, labor, or any other special
interest. Industries should be governed by free markets.
2.4 Labor Markets
We support repeal of all laws which impede the ability of any person to find employment.
We oppose government-fostered forced retirement. We support the right of free persons
to associate or not associate in labor unions, and an employer should have the right
to recognize or refuse to recognize a union. We oppose government interference in
bargaining, such as compulsory arbitration or imposing an obligation to bargain..
Education, like any other service, is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality and efficiency with more diversity of choice. Schools should be managed locally to achieve greater accountability and parental involvement. Recognizing that the education of the children is inextricably linked to moral values, we would return authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. In particular, parents should have control of and responsibility of their children’s education.
2.6 Health Care
We support a free market healthcare system.
2.7 Retirement and Income Security
Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government.
We would phase out the current government-sponsored Social Security System and transition
to a private voluntary system. The proper and most effective source of help for the
poor is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals. We believe that
members of society will become more charitable and civil society will be strengthened
as government reduces its activity in this realm.
2.8 National Defense
we support a sufficient voluntary military force to provide against foreign aggression. The United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world. We oppose any form of compulsory national service.
2.9 Internal Security and Individual Rights
The Patriot Act is in violation of the Constitution. We support the repeal of the Patriot Act and the abolition of the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Safety Administration.
3.0 International Affairs
American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Our foreign policy should emphasize defense against attack from abroad and enhance the likelihood of peace by avoiding foreign entanglements. We would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid. We recognize the right of all people to resist tyranny and defend themselves and their rights. We condemn the use of force, and especially the use of terrorism, against the innocent, regardless of whether such acts are committed by governments or by political or revolutionary groups.
3.1 Free Trade and Migration
We support the removal of governmental impediments to free trade. We support control
over the entry into our country of foreign nationals who pose a credible threat to
security, health or property. We reject any supra-national organization which is
not subject to the US constitution.
3.2 Rights and Discrimination
Government may not discriminate based on any individual’s rights. Group rights do
not supersede individual rights.
3.3 Representative Government
We support electoral systems that are more representative of the electorate at the
federal, state, and local levels. As private voluntary groups, political parties
should be allowed to establish their own rules for nomination procedures, primaries
and conventions. We call an end to any tax-financed subsidies to candidates or parties
and the repeal of all laws which restrict voluntary financing of election campaigns.
We oppose laws that effectively exclude alternative candidates and parties, deny
ballot access, gerrymander districts, or deny the voters their right to consider
all legitimate alternatives.
Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of individual liberty, it is
the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to agree to such new governance
as to them shall seem most likely to protect their individual liberty.
3.5 Sovereign Rights
The ALP supports the process of inter-position and nullification of any laws which
violates the U.S. constitution or is detrimental to the sovereign rights of Alaska
3.6 Alaska Lands
The ALP supports the end of all federal sovereignty of Alaska Lands. The people of Alaska have sole authority to administer all lands within it’s borders, except as provided for by the U.S. Constitution.
Libertarians are Classical Liberals
The Founding Fathers were Classical Liberals
3 Skepticism About Power
4 Rule of Law
5 Civil Society
6 Spontaneous Order
7 Free Markets
10 Limited Government