The Libertarian Party is the political wing of the libertarian movement. The Libertarian Party exists to move American politics and socitey in a more Libertarian direction. The Libertarian Training Center exists to give Libertarians to tools and skills necessary to win elections and to advocate for issues effectively.
What’s the best way to use this site?
1. Start with our links section on the right. We post articles highlighting new sites, manuals, training classes and other resources. In the pages section (look right below this post for the site map), you can easily access the inside of our site.
2. Our staff has collected manuals from across the political spectrum. Some of the LP manuals date back to the founding of our party! They cover many areas of politics. Also, check out our SlideShare page for many great resources.
3. View Training TV. We are currently streaming our Candidate Training class, and over the next few months, we’ll be shooting more videos. We’re going to show you local libertarians engaged in politics instead of writing it out on a white board.
4. Share with other libertarians and activists!
5. Check back frequently. We’ll be adding more features to the site. We’re also planning in-person training classes.
What do we work for?
Purpose and Principles
The mission of the Libertarian Party is to move public policy in a libertarian direction by electing candidates of the Libertarian Party to public office.
The Libertarian Party of Indiana affirms the following principles:
- That all people possess certain unalienable natural rights, and that among these are rights to life, liberty, justly acquired property, and self-governance.
- That the only moral basis of government is the preservation and protection of unalienable natural rights.
- That no person or institution, public or private, has the right to initiate the use of physical force or fraud against another person, and that all people are bound, without contract, to abstain from infringing upon the natural rights of other people.
- That all people are entitled to choose their own lifestyles, as long as they do not forcibly impose their values on others.
- That the voluntary and unrestricted exchange of goods and services is fundamental to a peaceful and harmonious society.
View the National Libertarian Party Platform here.
- Property Tax Repeal/Reform — The Libertarian Party of Indiana is at the forefront of the battle to eliminate or reform property tax laws in the state. Proposed in the early 2000′s, the LPIN activists proposed a sensible alternative for moving Indiana away from unconstitutional taxes. The plan, designed for incremental change, allows for equitable assessment of property based upon square footage in three classifications: residential, industrial/commercial and agricultural. We want a fair tax system for farmers, small business owners, and home owners alike. The eventual goal for most in the party is the elimination of the tax. View the 2001 Libertarian Party of Indiana Property Tax Reform Plan here.
- Support for Small Business — The Small Business Initiative builds upon the rights of small business owners to operate their businesses as they see necessary with little interference from government. Excessive taxation, restrictive business licensing and expensive permitting should be examined and minimized. Our laws should protect the interests of entrepreneurs and pave a way for a thriving private economy free from corporate welfare and transference of tax dollars from one business interest to another.
- Electoral Reform — The Libertarian Party of Indiana believes in true election reform and the administration of fair elections. Free speech should not be hindered by overreaching campaign finance laws. Every vote should count and we should count every vote. We must provide a verifiable paper audit trail with each election. We cannot accept paperless, electronic voting equipment. We cannot accept Gerrymandered districts any longer.
- Defense of Private Property — Be it opposition to eminent domain and forced annexation or defending the rights of restaurant owners to offer a smoking section, the Libertarian Party of Indiana fervently defends the property rights of individuals and corporations alike.
- We stand for school choice. Parents and the local community is the final authority on educational standards. Money should always follow the student.
- We stand for a true free market economy, which is self regulating.
- We stand for state sovereignty, believing that the Tenth Amendment should be obeyed. The Bill of Rights are not polite suggestions. Citizens can monitor and control their government far easier at a local level.
View the National Libertarian Party Issues here.