Libertarian Forum of the Northeast Union

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Libertarian Forum
Leader Scott Taylor
Chairperson Andre Haney
Founded December 11, 1977
Headquarters 214th Avenue
Middletown, CT
Student wing Student Libertarians
Youth wing Young Libertarians
Women's wing Libertarian Women
Overseas wing Libertarians Abroad
Membership 618,278
Ideology Libertarianism
Laissez-faire
Non-interventionism
Social liberalism
Classical liberalism
Cultural liberalism
Fiscal conservatism
Political position Purple flag waving.png Big tent (economically right-wing, socially left-wing)
International affiliation International Alliance of Libertarian Parties
American affiliation Americans for Democracy and Liberty
Official colors      Gold-Yellow
Senate
5 / 36
House of Representatives
16 / 135
American Parliament
2 / 27
Governorships
2 / 18
Election symbol
Libertarian Party US Logo.png

Elections in the Northeast Union
Politics in the Northeast Union

The Libertarian Forum, also known as the Libertarian Party or more commonly as the Libertarians, is a political party in the Northeast Union and the leading libertarian party in the country. Founded in 1977, the party promotes civil liberties, non-interventionism, laissez-faire capitalism and shrinking the size and scope of the government. The party is the biggest right-leaning political party in the NU and stands out as a result in the Northeast due to their ideological contrast with the largely left-leaning nature of the country and its politics.

The party promotes a classical liberal platform and is more economically liberal than the Liberal-Republican Party and more fiscally conservative than the Social Democratic Party. The party's current fiscal politics call for lowering of taxes, the reduction of the national debt, allowing people to opt out of the Retirement Security Program, the dismantling of the welfare state, in party by utilizing private charities, and the reduction in the size of the federal government. Current cultural policies are supporting the same-sex marriage, ending the prohibition of illegal drugs, pushing for criminal justice reform, ending the use of capital punishment and supporting gun ownership rights. The Libertarian Forum is a big tent party and has attracted voters from across the political spectrum, but has attracted much of the country's conservatives and those on the political right due to the party being the largest party pushing for conservative policies, mostly on fiscal issues though.

The party was founded in the 1970s and remained on the fringe of Northeastern politics, but had risen to prominence in the 1990s and in 1998, the Libertarian candidate, Alan Martin Gray, won the 1998 presidential election and became the first Libertarian to be elected President of the Northeast Union. During his tenure, Gray had nominated one justice to the Supreme Court making it the first time a judge was appointed by the Libertarian Forum. The party would later return to its position as a prominent opposition party after the 2004 election. In the 2014 election, the Libertarians won a third of the votes in both the presidential election and the 2018 election partly as a result of winning over some voters from the Liberal Republicans.

Today the Libertarian Forum is the fourth largest party in the Northeastern Union with over 618,000 members. The party holds 19 seats in the House of Representatives and 6 in the Senate. It often works with the Liberal Republican Party in a coalition government as a means of advancing common interests and policies. As of 2019, the party is currently in a political coalition with the Liberal Republicans as an opposition force against the Progressive Green Alliance between the SDP and the Green Movement.

History[edit | edit source]

Formation[edit | edit source]

Before the party was formed, its historic predecessor was mainly in the center-right "New Nation" faction of the Conservative Republican Party, an ideological faction comprising of more libertarian to liberal conservative-leaning members of the party. The New Nation faction was focused on what they called "maximum freedom" where the party would support as little economic regulation as possible to promote innovation and economic freedom, but also supported social freedoms which included removing bans on abortion, supporting legal divorce and lowering the age of majority laws to 18. This faction grew in popularity even as the Conservative Republicans began to decline in the early 1970s due to infighting and inept party leadership and on December 11 1977, the New Nation faction broke off to form the Libertarian Forum and became its own separate political party.

In 1978, the Libertarian Forum campaign to be registered as an official political party by the National Electoral Commission which would allow the party and its candidates to appear on the ballot in local, state and federal elections. This was only achieved on August 18, 1979 when the commission met the party's demands and registered them as an official national political party capable of having candidates on the ballots of any and all elections in the country. The Libertarian Forum mangled to achieve this by reaching the threshold of having 30,000 members at least which was the primary threshold set by the commission at the time in order to determine if a political party is eligible to registered as one officially.

Rise into the mainstream[edit | edit source]

Gray's presidency[edit | edit source]

2003-Present[edit | edit source]

Organization[edit | edit source]

Structural composition[edit | edit source]

Voter base and membership[edit | edit source]

Libertarian National Committee[edit | edit source]

Political positions[edit | edit source]

Economic issues[edit | edit source]

Social issues[edit | edit source]

Foreign policy[edit | edit source]

  • Oppose all oppressive regimes worldwide.
  • Reform the institutions of the Conference of American States.
  • Avoid military intervention unless national security is at stake.
  • Oppose unfair treaties and trade deals in and beyond the CAS.
  • End any aid to oppressive regimes worldwide.
  • Withdraw all troops from Pashtunistan and the Middle East.

List of leaders[edit | edit source]

Electoral history[edit | edit source]