How Do Libertarians View Government?

We have established principles through which we view all laws, pending legislation, and government action.  This is the cornerstone of our thought.  Read the LP Georgia platform here and the national LP platform here.

Secondly, we look to the Constitution.  In the majority of cases, a written constitution will harmonize with the libertarian view of government: less government intervention and more freedom.  We view government as our founders did: men and women can rule themselves and make the best choice for their situation.  A government exists to protect from someone’s rights being trampled on.  It protects us with equal justice.  If someone commits fraud, theft, murder, or another act of violence, then they should be punished.  The rules should be written down, and followed.  We call this the rule of law.

We are a separate party and a separate philosophy from conservatives, liberals, and progressives because we believe they have gone past the rule of law, and have crept in to the rule of men.  The rule of men is a tricky thing.  It can be bought, it picks favorites, and sometimes can be unjust.  When the government starts trying to intervene in economic, personal, or foreign affairs, it disrupts the natural order of human interactions.  It’s like building a dam in a river.  Yes, there may be a good reason, but there will also be a lot of other unintended consequences.

We believe that the less government there is, the better your life will be.  Would a libertarian society be perfect?  No, there is no utopian solution.  Our country has a tremendous amount of government.  Would you consider our world today perfect?  No.  Have you noticed that for each problem you identify, there is probably a “government solution” causing it!

The bottom line is this:  Government forces you to do things.  In many cases, it give you two choices: “Do what we say or go to jail.”  The only time that force should be used is when you’ve violated the rights of another through violence, fraud, theft, etc…  It shouldn’t be used to force you to buy health insurance, for example.  Is it a good choice in this day and age to have it?  Absolutely!  There are serious consequences if you don’t.  But you make that choice.  If you make the wrong choice, then that failure will make you stronger.  The risk of failure means more people make better choices.

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National LP Views

If you read the platform adopted by the state Party, you’ll notice that we do not structure our platform through many planks to touch on every issue imaginable.  We focus on general principles to allow our candidates and our leaders the flexibility to discuss issues from all points of view.  To find specific issue questions, we’ve included below many planks from LP National’s platform, amended or affirmed bi-annually at each Libertarian National Convention.


Libertarians believe the answer to America’s political problems is the same commitment to freedom that earned America its greatness: a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to civil liberties and personal freedom that marks this country above all others; and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by America’s founders.”