What is a Libertarian?

Short and Sweet

“Don’t hurt people and don’t take their stuff.”

That is what Libertarians believe. It’s as simple as that. We call it the “Non-Aggression Principal”, the “NAP”.

Only Three Options

Looking at most campaign web sites one has to drill down site to discern the philosophical leanings of the candidate. For those familiar with basic economics as applied to politics, there are only three choices: Libertarianism (that’s Martin), Socialism (for example, Bernie Sanders), and Interventionist (that’s 99% of all politicians, Democrat and Republican). Libertarians believe in private property. Socialists believe in government ownership of the means of production. Interventionists believe in nominal private property (in name only, little actual control) and significant, sometimes practically total regulation depending upon the importance of the economic domain to the empire.

About Libertarians

The Libertarian Party of the United States was formed in Colorado on December 11, 1971. The first national LP convention was held in June 1972. Martin attended the first Libertarian Party of Georgia state convention in December 1972 (if memory services). Martin attended the 2016 National LP Convention in Orlando, FL, and the 2017 Georgia LP convention near Atlanta. Martin has been a Libertarian for over 44 years. Whether Martin has been a Georgia Libertarian for longer than any other living person has not been confirmed, but it is possible.

For a more detailed explanation of Libertarian views, read our 2016 Party Platform.