Use this page to learn more about the libertarian party
Become a member – Make sure to leave a note that the LPMC is what inspired you to join!
LP National Committee – Here you can see who your representatives are and get contact information for anybody on the national committee
LP Staff – The LP has several staffers who are here to assist members, candidates and affiliates however they can. They are a valuable resource and source of information
LP State Affiliates – You are also going to want to become a member of your state and county libertarian party affiliates. Each state party website should have info on them about the county affiliates. Make sure to reach out to at least your county chair and let them know you want to get involved.
LP Platform – This is what we as a party are all about. Changes are proposed and implemented by the delegates every 2 years at the national convention
LP Bylaws – These are the rules that govern the LNC and the LP. Familiarizing yourselves with the bylaws will come in handy as you get more involved.
LP Committees – These are working groups within the party that work on differing tasks that need done by the party. Each of the state and county parties have committees too. Getting on a committee is a great way to get started being active within the Libertarian Party
LP History – The Libertarian Party has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1971. There is a whole wealth of knowledge here on the party, its caucuses, history, important resolutions. Everything you can think of.
Sign up to follow LNC votes and LNC Business via email –
This will send you emails about the goings on with the Libertarian National Committee, their debates over issues, who is voting what way on measures, what passes, what fails, etc.
LP National Convention – The national convention is where we elect presidential nominees, party leadership, and propose changes to they bylaws. It is vitally important that as many LPMC members as possible attend the bi-annual national conventions to keep the party honest.
New to the Libertarian Party? Please check out our “Beginners Guide the LP” to help get yourself acclimated. The LPMC will be utilizing our teams at the state and local level to advance liberty by supporting Libertarian candidates primarily at the local and county levels, through ballot initiatives and/or referendums, issue based lobbying at the local or state level, as well as influencing the Libertarian Party and its state affiliates.
Below is the pool of causes and actions that the LPMC will be carrying out across the United States, from within the Libertarian Party, to campaigns and initiatives and lobbying efforts at the local and state level.. #TakeHumanAction!
Inside the Libertarian Party
Libertarian Party Candidate Recruitment and Support: This is the fundamental function of the Libertarian Party itself. The LPMC will be focused on supporting local and county level campaigns.
Local Libertarian Party Affiliate Organization and Creation: Creating new county level affiliates of the LIbertarian Party should be the first priority of our state teams. This will help us bolster our numbers and ultimately our influence within the Libertarian Party.
Attend your State Libertarian Party Convention: Several states have conventions coming up in March and April. This is where bylaws changes can be made and state party officers are chosen. Make sure to go, network and support the best people for the officer jobs. Let us know if you plan on running for a state position yourself.
Referendum: A legislative referendum is when a legislature places an issue on the ballot for voters to decide. A veto referendum is when voters decide directly whether to keep a law that’s already been passed, usually after collecting signatures to place the question on the ballot.
Lobbying: The attempt to persuade another person to accept your position, including all attempts to influence elected officials who create laws and set policies by other legislators, constituents or organized groups. This is how you will have to introduce bills in states that do not have ballot initiatives—by convincing a representatives to introduce and pass a bill.
The LPMC will use ballot initiatives, referendums, and lobbying at every level of government (federal, state, county, municipal, etc.), choosing the most effective means allowed in each particular case. You can start a ballot initiative in your state much like Decriminalize Denver to legalize Gold and Silver for example, or you can lobby your local government to pass a bill to decriminalize marijuana, or bring attention to tax issues locally. These efforts will enable us to form issue based coalitions with both republicans and democrats on a variety of issues.
States that Allow Ballot Initiatives and Referendum Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Maryland (Veto referendum only), Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico (Veto referendum only), North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, District of Columbia If you plan on starting or supporting either a ballot initiative, referendum or an issue-based lobbying effort at any level, you are going to need to find the appropriate representatives:
Examples of issues to pursue through initiative, referendum, and lobbying
(Thanks to the Tenth Amendment Center for much of the sample legislation below.)
If you use any of these as a template, make sure to look out for any cited codes, statutes or precedent so that you can replace it with an appropriate alternative that may exist in your state. Also be sure to make sure that “City of ____” or “Municipality of ____” is changed to reflect where you are doing this at.
Local level: Ban Local Assistance to Federal Gun Control –Sample Legislation
“AN Ordinance, which shall be known and may be cited as the “2nd Amendment Preservation
Ordinance.” To prevent federal infringement on the right to keep and bear arms; nullifying all federal acts in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
Ordinance to Limit Surveillance Tech – Sample Legislation:
This bill will require the local government to give permission to law enforcement before it can use any surveillance technology.
Local Cannabis Decriminalization: Sample Legislation:
This bill will make possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana within the jurisdiction of the local govt a summary offence with a $25 fine.
Local Psilocybin Decriminalization – Sample Legislation
This bill will completely decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms at the local level.
Current Efforts: Decriminalize Denver – Kevin Matthews, Executive Director
State Legalization of Gold and Silver as Legal Tender – Constitutional Tender Act:
This bill will allow gold and silver to be used as legal tender within the state in which it is passed. This creates competition with the Federal Reserve Note
– Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act: These bills creates a prohibition on assistance to federal agencies engaged in illegal collection of electronic data or metadata from the people within a given state.
Ban Future Gun Control Legislation –Line in the Sand Act:
This bill prevents State Police from enforcing federal gun control laws.
Stingray Law Enforcement Prohibition –Sample Legislation:
“AN ACT Relating to prohibiting the use of a cell site simulator device without a warrant; amending RCW 9.73.260; adding a new section to chapter 9.73 RCW;”
State Cannabis Recreational Legalization – The P.E.A.C.E Act:
This bill legalizes the recreational use of cannabis at the state level.
Audit The Federal Reserve –H.R. 24:
A full, independent audit of the Federal Reserve.
Peace Tax Fund –H.R. 1947:
“This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to establish in the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund for the deposit of income, gift, and estate taxes paid by or on behalf of taxpayers: (1) who are designated conscientious objectors opposed to participation in war in any form based upon their sincerely held moral, ethical, or religious beliefs or training (within the meaning of the Military Selective Service Act); and (2) who have certified their beliefs in writing.”
Economic Freedom Zones –S. 1551:
“The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow reduced tax rates, tax credits, tax-exempt educational savings accounts, increased expensing of business property, and other tax incentives for individuals and businesses located in” areas that qualify as an economic freedom zone.
Federal Hemp Legalization – H.B. 5780:
An act legalizing industrial hemp.
Looking to get active with us in the Libertarian Party? The LPMC thanks you for joining and taking action! It can be frustrating and intimidating trying to find your way and to be effective if you have never been involved in politics before. This will serve as a crash course for what you need to know to get started.
What You Can Do Right Now
– Become a member of the National Libertarian Party. Some states require national membership in order to be selected as a delegate to the national convention.
– Become a member of your state Libertarian Party, find your state party officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer). You can usually find this information on your state party website in a “about us”, “about the party” or “meet the team” page. You can also look at the attendance at each state’s last meeting in their meeting minutes. Becoming a member of your state party will give you a voice and vote in matters of your state party. From there you can build your network.
– When you make contact with a party officer, find out if there is a county affiliate in your county. If there is no county affiliate in your area, ask them how to start one! Creating new county affiliates is one of the most productive things you can do. If there is an existing county affiliate, find out who organizes it, contact them and start attending those meetings as well.
– Attend your State Libertarian Convention: Several states have conventions coming up in March. Think you got what it takes to be a party officer at the state level? Then throw your hat in the ring and start organizing support in your state. If nothing else, you will get to meet and network with the most active people in your state parties.
– Start Small: There are many ways that you contribute. You can volunteer for your state our county LP social media team, you can help with ballot access petitioning, attend the meetings for both the state and county Libertarian Parties. This will help you to learn how the party works and find your niche.
– Consider becoming a delegate for the National Convention. This is where we vote on changes to the bylaws, presidential candidates, national party officers, and other business. If you are unhappy with leadership, or the direction of the party, you are going to want to plan on getting down to the convention in Austin, TX in 2020. Here is the Convention Website. The dates for the convention are.
– Attend your local and/or state government meetings. This will enable you to see who is active in your state or community, who your representatives are and begin networking with them. That will go a long way towards creating coalitions.
– Find out who the leadership is in your local and state Republican and Democrat parties. Doing this will enable to form issue coalitions and see what kind of lobbying or initiative efforts you may be able to make the first move on and get support for.
Basics of the Libertarian Party
The LP has three levels: The national Libertarian Party (which is governed by the Libertarian National Committee, or LNC), state affiliates, and county affiliates. You can and should become a member of all three levels. If you have not become a member of your state party, do so and contact your state chair. This caucus plans to focus mainly on local candidates, so we encourage you to find your local chapter after you become a member. If one does not exist in your area, contact us and we’ll help advise you on creating a new county affiliate.
Committees are working groups that generate reports and do the work of the party in some specific or specialized way. For example, the LP has the Blockchain Committee, and the Convention Oversight Committee. You will want to join committees if you are looking to advance your network and position in the party. You can find what National Libertarian Party Committees exist at that link.
Libertarian National Committee: If you want to contact a member of the national leadership, or your Regional Representative of the LNC, this is where you can find them and their contact information. State Libertarian Parties: Choose your state, and it will route you to the website for your state Libertarian Party. You will be able to find our who your state LP board members are and how to contact them there. This will help you locate your county affiliates as well.
If you are going to be active in politics at any level, you are going to need to familiarize yourself with the basics of Robert’s Rules of Order which is the parliamentary procedure used at business meetings. These rules will be in place at all business meetings.
Officers: Chairman/President – Duties are generally as follows: To open the session at the time at which the assembly is to meet, by taking the chair and calling the members to order; to announce the business before the assembly in the order in which it is to be acted upon; to recognize members entitled to the floor; to state and to put to vote all questions which are regularly moved, or necessarily arise in the course of the proceedings, and to announce the result of the vote; to protect the assembly from annoyance from evidently frivolous or dilatory motions by refusing to recognize them; to assist in the expediting of business in every way compatible with the rights of the members, as by allowing brief remarks when undebatable motions are pending, if he thinks it advisable; to restrain the members when engaged in debate, within the rules of order; to enforce on all occasions the observance of order and decorum among the members, deciding all questions of order (subject to an appeal to the assembly by any two members) unless when in doubt he prefers to submit the question for the decision of the assembly; to inform the assembly, when necessary, or when referred to for the purpose, on a point of order or practice pertinent to pending business; to authenticate, by his signature, when necessary, all the acts, orders, and proceedings of the assembly declaring its will and in all things obeying its commands.
Vice Chair – Immediately subordinate to a chairman and serving as such in the latter’s absence; a person who acts for and assists a chairman
Secretary – The recording officer is variously called Clerk, or Secretary, or Recording Secretary (where there is also a Corresponding Secretary), or Recorder, or Scribe, etc. The secretary is the recording officer of the assembly and the custodian of its records except such as are specifically assigned to others, as the treasurer’s books. These records are open, however, to inspection by any member at reasonable times, and where a committee needs any records of a society for the proper performance of its duties, they should be turned over to its chairman. The same principle applies in boards and committees, their records being accessible to members of the board or committee, as the case may be, but to no others.
Treasurer – Serve as custodian of the funds of the organization, keeping careful records of all receipts and making no disbursements without the authority of the assembly (including established authorizations found in the organization’s rules), prepare financial statements and report to the board and members, and take responsibility for any and all reports required by taxing authorities.
Basic Procedure: Meetings generally follow an order of operation from opening to close. That generally goes as follows:
1. Call to Order – The meeting begins.
Roll call – The process of calling out a list of names to establish who is present.
Reading of Last Meeting’s Minutes – Minutes are the instant written record of a meeting or hearing. They typically describe the events of the meeting and may include a list of attendees, a statement of the issues considered by the participants, and related responses or decisions for the issues.
Officer’s Reports – The reports of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer.
Committee Reports – These reports are given by the chair of each committee.
Special Orders – Motions that are of a pressing matter or time sensitive.
Unfinished Business – Motions from a prior meeting that were not addressed before adjournment.
New Business – New motions that are added to the agenda and filed with the secretary prior to the beginning of the meeting.
Adjournment – The meeting is closed.Gaining the floor: You must be recognized by the chair before you can enter a main motion. Some motions, such as Point of Information, may be entered without prior recognition. Once recognized, you may proceed with such motions.Motions – There are 4 types of Motions: Main, Subsidiary, Privileged and Incidental. The two most common are:
1.Main Motion – A motion that brings new business before the assembly. In a meeting, each issue, or motion is handled one at a time.
2. Subsidiary Motions – These are secondary motions that can be applied to the main motion. Amendments are subsidiary motions, for example.
Most Common Motions:
Main Motion – Brings new business (the next item on the agenda) before the assembly. Each motion needs support, or a Second from another member of the body before they will be recognized by the chair.
Point of Order – Infraction of the rules, or improper decorum in speaking. Must be raised immediately after the error is made
Point of Information – Generally applies to information desired from the speaker: “I should like to ask the (speaker) a question.”
Point of Privilege – Pertains to noise, personal comfort, etc. – may interrupt only if necessary!
Amendments – Inserting or striking out words or paragraphs, or substituting whole paragraphs or resolutions. You may also amend amendments
Table the Motion – When it is necessary to suspend consideration of a main motion in order to deal with another matter that has come up unexpectedly and which must be dealt with before the pending motion can be properly addressed.
Postpone to A Certain Time – delay action on a pending question until a different day, meeting, hour or until after a certain event.
Suspend the Rules – Allows a violation of the assembly’s own rules (except Constitution); the object of the suspension must be specified
Appeal The Decision of the Chair – Appeal for the assembly to decide – must be made before other business is resumed; NOT debatable if relates to decorum, violation of rules or order of business
Call the Question/Close Debate – Closes debate if successful – may be moved to “Close Debate” if preferred
Resolutions – Motion that needs to be expressed formally in writing, to attach a special level of importance. Because of the form — beginning with the word Resolved and following with either a statement of opinion or a statement authorizing or directing some action — such a motion is called a resolution. Become A Delegate to the National Convention
If you would like to travel to Austin, Texas for the 2020 Libertarian Party National Convention as a delegate to vote on party business, the platform, the President and Vice President nominations as well as the party officer nominations, please refer to our “Delegate Checklist”
The requirements needed to be a delegate to the Libertarian National Convention differ slightly from state to state. The specifics can be found in each state party’s bylaws and may very well be easier than the process described here. The below checklist is how to play it maximally safe and will make you eligible to be a delegate in all 50 states.
Are you a registered Libertarian?
You can find information on registering to vote Here
Are you a member of the national Libertarian Party?
Sign up to become a member Here. Make sure to get your free shirt! Make sure to do this at least 90 days
Are you a member of your state Libertarian Party? Sign up on your state parties website, or contact a member of your state party for details. You can find State Party Information Here. Also make sure to check your state’s bylaws for information about becoming a delegate and contact your state chair or vice chair.
Are you attending your State and/or local LP meetings? It is very, very important that you are active in at least your county party. If you show up to your state convention looking to be a delegate and nobody knows who you are and you have not done any work for the party, it is unlikely that you will be elected delegate. Attend your county and party meetings, get stuff done, network with other members of the party. Make yourself a known quantity. It will help you become a delegate as well as help our image as a caucus.
Have you purchased a ticket for your State LP’s Convention?
State Convention info Here
Have you declared you are running for delegate? Consult your state LP Bylaws and talk with your State LP Chair. You will need to attend your state convention, declare that you are running to be a delegate, and then be elected as a delegate. Make sure to visit your state party website and mark the state convention date/s on your calendar. Have you read the LP Platform?
Read it Here
Have you read the LP Bylaws and Convention Rules?
Read them Here
Statement of Purpose: Our purpose is to promote economic literacy within the Libertarian Party as taught by the Austrian school of economics, to stress the importance of sound economics as critical to the Libertarian Party message, and to advocate applying the science of human action—praxeology—in Libertarian Party efforts to counter the statism of both Democrats and Republicans. We promote opposition to war, advocacy of decentralization, and privatization both politically and monetarily as the highest priority issues for all libertarians. As a community and work culture, our emphasis is on coalition building- working together on things which we agree, in order to achieve political objectives in the real world and expose non-libertarians to the superiority of governance by the market instead of the State.
Plank 1 – Property Rights: We recognize the right to property as natural and self-evident, and advocate private property rights from both an ontological and utilitarian perspective. We affirm that private property rights extend from self-ownership and the scarcity inherent to our material existence. We condemn all fraud and initiatory violence towards a person’s life, liberty, and property. We contend that private property is the best way to reduce and reconcile conflict between individuals. We advocate non-corporatist privatization wherever possible. We categorically reject socialism, defined as the non-private collective ownership of resources.
Plank 2– Economics: Economics is the study of human action in the context of scarcity. We recognize the Austrian School of Economics as the preeminent body of economic science, whose analysis acts as a polestar, informing and under-girding libertarian political prescriptions.
Plank 3– Money: We reject all forms of State intervention into monies and currencies, with the understanding that competing monies are the cornerstone of a functional economy. We define State intervention to include, but not be limited to, private or public central banking, State issue of currency, banking regulations, the State making purchases of monies, currencies, stocks, bonds, treasuries, or specie, and legal tender laws. We support the aggression-free competition and proliferation of free market monies and currencies in all their forms.
Plank 4 – Decentralization: We recognize that freedom of association manifests itself politically in the form of absolute right of self-determination. We support decentralization – subsidiarity, secession, nullification, and localism – of political units all the way down to the individual as a means of expanding choice and competition in governance for all individuals. We recognize and affirm that the State is not the same thing as governance.
Plank 5– War: We advocate the abolition of empire including ending the terror war, bringing all the troops home, and closing at least all foreign bases. We advocate a policy of armed neutrality in all conflicts where we are not directly attacked, and the transition of defense and security services from the State to the free market whenever and however feasible, including the abolition of gun control laws. We advocate peace and trade with all, alliances with none. We support the precipitous reduction of nuclear arms. We reject non-defensive war against state actors, and reject war as a means of pursuing justice against non-state aggressors. We reject first-use of sanctions, being a form of siege and therefore an act of war. We reject the subsidy of business through taxpayer funded security and intelligence services. We reject the State’s use of proxy entities to perform any of these activities.
Plank 6 – Lifestyle Choices: We take no stance on the personal, cultural, or social preferences of individuals or groups. One’s lifestyle is merely an extension of their property rights. Thus, no individual or group can rightfully claim jurisdiction over the lifestyle of another. We assert only that any and all lifestyle choices must not violate the property rights of others.
Plank 7 – Identity Politics: We categorically reject all forms of identity politics as nothing more than weaponized tribal collectivism that is antithetical to individualism.
Plank 8 – Omissions: Our silence about any other particular government law, regulation, ordinance, directive, edict, control, regulatory agency, activity, or machination should not be construed to imply approval. We seek to enunciate our top priorities, not the entirety of our positions.