Following is the “preamble” of the TLC (Traditional Libertarian Constitutionalits) Platform. In many respects in resembles the Platform of the Libertarian Party, with areas of considerable departure. This platform reflects the views of a broad spectrum of reasonable Americans. It is not a “moderate” political position, although it expresses the rationale of people willing to be moderate in their evaluation of public policy.
Traditional Libertarian Constitutionalists
The traditional way in which the world has functioned best are conditions where all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.
Respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free, mutually beneficial, and a potentially prosperous world. Force, fraud, irresponsibility and a lack of accountability are detrimental to all human relationships. By eliminating these factors, and, only through freedom can peace and prosperity be fully realized.
Each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest will welcome the diversity that freedom brings. Every member of society ought to be free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference and/or coercion from government or any authoritarian power (other than of their own will).
In keeping with the idea that each individual is entitled to the free exercise of Liberty, the idea that each individual is also fully accountable for the consequences of the exercise of that Liberty is a just and correct principle. Accountability extends to enjoyment of health, happiness, and wealth gained. Yet, it also extends to restriction on the exercise of future freedoms, as a result of undisciplined use of personal Liberty.
The following paragraphs set forth basic principles, and the political stands flowing from those principles.
Statement of Principles
It is essential to defend the rights of the individual over the expanding authority of government to establish preemptive regulation in most forms.
Individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the mutual right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
Governments exist to provide specifically, but they ought not to violate the rights of any individual, as follows:
(1) The right to life — Traditional Libertarian Constitutionalists supports the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others;
(2) The right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly Traditional Libertarian Constitutionalists oppose all attempts by government to make laws encouraging or restricting the establishment of any religious organization, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the publication of views (free press); or the right of the people peaceably to assemble for the purpose of petitioning the Government for a redress of grievances; or by imposing censorship in any form; and
(3) The right to property — accordingly Traditional Libertarian Constitutionalists
a) Oppose all government interference with private ownership of capital and property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and
b) Oppose any form of government regulation of the financial management of private ownership of capital and property, and
b) Support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.
Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, Traditional Libertarian Constitutionalists oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit or choices of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is Free Market Capitalism.
Free Market Capitalism is essential for the best ordered society. Free Market Capitalism consists of absolute ownership and control of all resources of production being held in the hands of private individuals and groups of individuals in contract.
In future posts the entirety of this platform will be presented. Watch for them, and feel free to share them or criticize them.