revised in convention, July 18, 2020)
Libertarian Party does not believe in or advocate the initiation of
force to achieve social or political goals.
seek a society based on personal liberty and responsibility—a
society in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives.
The most desirable method of realizing such a society is to follow
the natural order that arises when the inalienable rights of
individuals to life, liberty and property ownership are respected and
have the right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest,
and pursue happiness in whatever manner they choose, so long as they
do not forcibly interfere with those same rights of others. The
peace, prosperity, and diversity that such freedom brings is a goal
toward which Libertarians aim.
essential precondition for a free society is that people have the
freedom to follow their own dreams in their own ways without
government interference. This precondition allows that the only
legitimate function of government, where it exists, is the protection
of the inalienable rights of its citizens. To that end, government at
all levels should be strictly limited to the essential services
necessary to uphold individual rights, maintain public order, and
adjudicate disputes. Government at the state and federal level should
be involved only in issues not best handled by local or regional
oppose interventions by the federal government in state, local or
personal affairs that impair regional efforts to secure more
state government has no duty to enforce federal laws not authorized
by the US Constitution, and which do not protect the life, liberty,
or property of Michiganders. Federal agents enforcing such acts and
powers in Michigan must face state level criminal prosecution.
support proportional representation in the Michigan State Senate,
until such time as the Senate can be eliminated.
the absence of a declaration of war by the United States Congress,
we oppose any use of Michigan troops by the federal government for
any purpose other than natural disaster relief.
have the right to defend themselves and others. Article I, Section 6
of the Michigan Constitution states: “Every person has a right to
keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.” We
oppose any law that dilutes the right of a law-abiding person to own
a firearm or other means of self-defense.
oppose any form of discrimination by government based on race,
ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other group
or individual identification. Each person has the same inalienable
rights that the State has a duty to protect.
government should be removed entirely from the licensing process,
including, but not limited to, occupational licensing. It has
produced no better results than private licensing and amounts to
another tax. For example, marriage licenses are contracts between
individuals and should be left to the individuals, their attorneys
and religious officials, without the need to pay the state for a
stamp of approval.
support returning to a part-time legislature, which is sufficient to
carry out the legislative duties as prescribed by our state
advocate a sunset law requiring an automatic end to most government
offices, agencies, departments, laws, regulations, taxes, and
expenditures within ten years if not reauthorized.
oppose immunities for any public officials or employees for illegal
acts or omissions. Like any individual, they should be subject to
criminal prosecution and held personally liable for any injuries
caused by their actions. Therefore, we seek to abolish the
protections of qualified immunity.
should be maximum separation of legislative, executive and judicial
believe the government should not force individuals to alter their
schedules through the practice known as daylight savings, as the
manipulation of time is not within the government’s legal
oppose the federal government’s inhumane policies toward
undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers. We support laws that
would discontinue cooperation by state and local agencies with
Immigration and Customs Enforcement for undocumented immigrants.
only electoral duty of the state government should be providing for
fair and efficient conduct of elections. Political parties, like any
private voluntary group, should be free from government control and
allowed to establish their own rules for nomination procedures and
conventions. All taxpayer-funded subsidies to candidates for public
office and political parties, including primaries and conventions,
should be eliminated.
support the addition of the alternative “None of the above is
acceptable” to all ballots. We further propose that in the event
that “None of the above is acceptable” receives a plurality of
votes in any election, a new election shall be held for which none
of the losing candidates shall be eligible. Other forms of voting
should also be considered, such as ranked choice voting or
finance laws are unwarranted restrictions of free speech or
association and should be repealed.
time during which voters may circulate any statewide petition should
be extended to two years.
should have the power of referendum on all existing or new
support efforts to make voting less difficult for all voters.
incarcerated, citizens should retain the right to vote.
current practice of forced jury duty should be replaced by volunteer
common law authority of a trial by jury preceded our constitution
and is the foundation of our legal system. If a jury of peers deems
a law unjust, oppressive or inappropriately applied, it has the
right and duty to acquit the defendant.
support the right of defendants to a fully informed jury, which
would require judges to instruct jurors of their authority to judge
not only the facts, but also the justice of the law according to
their own good consciences. We support restitution for victims of
crimes at the expense of the perpetrator. The victim should have the
right to pardon the perpetrator, provided the victim is not
threatened or coerced.
adjudication of disputes by mutually acceptable judges or mediators
should be encouraged.
oppose no-fault laws that deprive the victim of the right to recover
damages from those responsible for causing harm. In addition, we
oppose all mandatory insurance laws.
right of trial by jury should be allowed in all civil or criminal
use of civil asset forfeiture to enforce laws circumvents
constitutional protections and should be ended.
police roadblocks and other searches without probable cause bypass
constitutional protections and should be prohibited.
support equal treatment and oppose discrimination on the basis of
sex and sexual orientation in any judicial proceeding adjudicating a
parental right, privilege or obligation concerning their child.
individual who violates the rights of another should be held liable.
deny the legitimacy of criminal prosecutions of persons who have
victimized no one. To prevent false prosecutions, we affirm the
right of alleged victims to end prosecutions by freely asserting
their objection to it. This does not preclude prosecution in cases
where a victim remains silent, nor shall it preclude prosecution
where a victim has been coerced into objecting.
person should be denied due process on the basis of age or
believe the largest threat to public safety is the government
itself, and thus the right to bear arms exists primarily to ensure
the people the ability to effectively resist tyranny.
enforcement cannot guarantee individual safety. Self-protection is a
personal responsibility. All individuals have the right to defend
themselves and to possess the means to do so, as guaranteed by the
state constitution Article I, Section 6
we believe that government transparency is essential to public
accountability. Complaints of police misconduct should be should be
open to public scrutiny. We support the revision of the Freedom of
Information Act to remove the exemption of these records.
free from incarceration, all rights should be restored immediately
and the classification of “felon” should not impede one’s
prison facilities should be used only for the incarceration of
individuals who have proven themselves a threat to others.
laws should be repealed as an individual’s behavior is not the
responsibility of the state or municipality.
requiring the use of seat belts or other personal protection devices
are misguided, paternal, and should be repealed. Individuals must
assume responsibility for their own safety.
should confine itself to protecting individuals from aggression,
coercion and deceit. We oppose all laws and regulations that attempt
to protect individuals from the consequences of their own behavior.
While not necessarily condoning such activities, we advocate the
repeal of all laws criminalizing gambling, possession and sale of
drugs and alcohol. All those presently incarcerated or ever
convicted solely for the commission of these victimless crimes
should be pardoned and their records expunged.
communities may enforce rules that prohibit certain activities to
which all members subscribe, such as substance-free dorms.
call for the repeal of all laws criminalizing actions between
consenting adults. Libertarians support the repeal of all laws
criminalizing the offer of sexual services for compensation by
consenting adults, as well as the repeal of all laws criminalizing
voluntarily seeking out sexual services for hire.
natural, lawful, unalienable, and absolute rights of the citizens of
Michigan to cultivate and utilize the natural plant known as
cannabis shall not be infringed. All local and state laws regarding
cannabis should be repealed, nullified or otherwise abrogated. All
prior and current non-violent cannabis related convictions should be
null and void and expunged from those individual’s records.
taxation is theft, the legislature should find more voluntary means
of supporting state services, such as lotteries and user fees.
income tax should be repealed.
of privately owned real property should be eliminated. In effect, it
makes the state the owner of all lands by forcing individuals to pay
rent to the state or forfeit their title.
remaining personal property tax on Michigan businesses should be
favoritism should be illegal. Abatements, subsidies, credits, or
other incentives to businesses based on geographical area, job
creation, or any other criteria deny equal protection under the law.
oppose any sales or use tax, including on the Internet.
believe in the free market, thus the complete separation of the
economy and the state.
commercial enterprises should be granted legal monopoly status,
including the so-called natural monopolies of electricity, natural
gas, water supplies, telephones, and cable television. The Michigan
Public Service Commission should be abolished and all rate
regulation in these industries ended. The right to offer such
services in the marketplace should not be curtailed. We also call on
the legislature to end the state monopoly on lotteries.
regulation of industries such as insurance and communications, and
professions such as medicine and law, should be ended. They should
be regulated by trade or consumer groups.
condemnation of private property for public use should only be
allowed when necessary for the protection of the rights of the
recognize all mutually agreed upon forms of trade, including, but
not limited to non-fiat currencies such as precious metals,
cryptocurrencies and bartering.
oppose all government restrictions upon voluntary peaceful use of
outer space, though this does not absolve launch providers or
payload owners of damage they may cause to others.
for the needy by forcibly taxing others is contrary to the
legitimate function of government, which is to protect the rights of
everyone. Disbursing charity from a welfare system costs society
more than it gains. It is inefficient, open to fraud and abuse, and
creates resentment. Traditional, voluntary sources of emergency
support from families, churches, private charities, and mutual aid
societies have always been more humane, more effective, and
willingly borne by the givers. Therefore, we call for the complete
disbandment of the welfare state.
oppose all attempts to criminalize the victims of coercion, such as
the homeless. We therefore call for the immediate repeal of all laws
against sleeping, camping, eating, feeding, or solicitation.
is an individual or parental responsibility and best handled at the
most local level. We advocate the separation of school and state.
parents are best situated to decide what is in their own children’s
best interests, we support all measures that enhance the educational
choices available, such as charter schools, tax credits for private
school tuition, and home schooling.
attendance and truancy laws should be repealed. Students cannot be
forced to learn, and teachers should not be forced to act as
juvenile delinquency officers.
individuals, regardless of age, are entitled to the protections of
the constitutions of the United States and Michigan. Random drug
tests, locker searches without probable cause, censorship of student
publications, corporal punishment, or any similar actions violate
votes relevant to school operations, including millage proposals,
bond issues and school board elections, should be placed only on the
regular, biannual ballot.
from public safety, there is no greater concern for the people of
Michigan than having a safe, healthy environment. We look forward to
the day when all property not required for police and court
functions is returned to private ownership and control.
call for the restoration of every individual’s ancient, common law
standing to sue for trespass any individual business, government or
other group that pollutes their property.
oppose creation of new government parks or wilderness and recreation
areas. Such parks and areas that already exist should be transferred
to non-government ownership. Pending such transfer, their operating
costs should be borne by their users rather than by taxpayers.
support efforts to hold all individuals, businesses and governments
accountable for the pollution they cause. With respect to so-called
orphan sites, where those responsible for contamination of ground or
water either cannot be found or cannot be made accountable for the
damage they caused, we support the use of the Natural Resources
Trust Fund currently earmarked for expansion of state parks to be
redirected to clean up.
most fundamental property right is an individual’s right to own
and control their own body. All individuals have the right to
determine their own health care needs and treatment. Exercise of
this right does not remove the moral obligations not to violate the
rights of others. We recognize the state, when it exists, has a duty
to protect the rights of others, particularly those in society who
are the most vulnerable, including the very old, the very young, and
the mentally handicapped. The state, where it exists, does have a
duty to protect the life of all individuals, and should prosecute
those who utilize force or fraud to end life.
right of people to extend or end their lives with dignity should not
be infringed. We support the freedom to use living wills and durable
medical powers of attorney.
recognize the right to political secession. Exercise of this right,
like the exercise of all other rights, does not remove legal and
moral obligations not to violate the rights of others.
Libertarian Party of Michigan ratifies and hereby includes in this
document the platform of the national Libertarian Party.
silence about any other particular government law, regulation,
ordinance, directive, edict, control, restriction, regulatory agency,
or activity should not be construed to imply approval.