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John Locke (August 1632 – 28 October 1704)

Libertarians strive for a free, peaceful, abundant world where each individual has the maximum opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and to realize his or her full potential.

The core idea of Libertarianism is simply stated but profound and far-reaching in its implications: Libertarians believe that each person owns his/her own life and property. Everyone has the right to make one’s own choices as to how to live life, as long as respect is given for the right of others to do the same. Another way of saying this is that Libertarians believe you should be free to do as you choose with your own life and property, as long as you don’t harm the person and property of others.

Libertarianism is thus the combination of liberty (the freedom to live your life in any peaceful way you choose), responsibility (the prohibition against the use of force against others, except in defense), and tolerance (honoring and respecting the peaceful choices of others).

Liberty is one of the central lessons of world history. Virtually all the progress the human race has enjoyed during the past few centuries is due to the increasing acceptance of free markets, civil liberties, and self-ownership.

Our goal as Libertarians is to bring liberty to the world, so that these wonderful and proven ideas can be put into action. This will make our world a far better place for all people. We hope you will join us in embracing this ideal – and in taking a stand to personally bring about a world of liberty, abundance, and peace!