What makes the Libertarian Party different?

Libertarians are not progressives, and they’re not conservatives. Here’s what sets our party apart from the others.

No other political party is stronger on civil rights than the Libertarian Party

Libertarians prize civil rights above all else. This respect for the individual citizen is baked into our political DNA. We were promoting gay rights way back in 1972 – when our party was founded. The old “blue” party – the one that supposedly champions the rights of individuals – didn’t get on board with gay rights until a few years ago.

But we don’t only value the rights of traditionally marginalized people. Libertarians seek to defend and expand the civil rights of all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, national origin, preference of green over red (or vice versa) – or anything else. The Libertarian Party of New Mexico defends your right to pursue the lifestyle you want, as long as you do not infringe the rights of others or take their property. It’s a simple philosophy, and one that aligns perfectly with the way New Mexicans have lived throughout their history.

We don’t think the government should dictate how you do business

Libertarians believe the best way to ignite the New Mexico economy and foster job creation is to get government out of the way of entrepreneurs. The old “red” party says they are pro-business, yet they keep passing laws that make it difficult for New Mexicans to start new companies. We believe burdensome regulatory requirements stifle business growth, and we really mean it when we say we will work diligently to repeal regulatory laws that have no direct impact on health and safety.

We also realize that migrant laborers play a vital role in the success of many New Mexico businesses. The Libertarian Party of New Mexico supports the free movement of law-abiding people throughout the region, regardless of their national origin.

We think you know best how to educate your children

If you want to homeschool, more power to you. If you want to put your children in public schools, great. If you choose private education, good for you. Both of the old parties, on the other hand, think it’s their job to force your children to pursue a college prep curriculum of some sort – or face legal consequences.

Libertarians believe the government should not dictate the type or manner of education for your children. We believe nobody knows your children better than you do, and thus you are in the best position to decide what type of education benefits them the most. The Libertarian Party of New Mexico always will fight to give parents maximum education options, be it in the form of school vouchers or the repeal of regulations that make it difficult for you to pursue the educational path of your choice.

Libertarians want you to keep all of the money you earn from your job

We absolutely oppose income tax. You work hard for your paycheck, and the government has no right to seize a portion of it each payday. Neither the old “blue” party or the old “red” party believes that. If they did, they would have done something about it long ago.

Libertarians believe a better alternative to income tax is a consumption tax, such as the Fair Tax. This type of system is easily implemented at the state level. The Libertarian Party of New Mexico strongly believes this type of tax system will reinvigorate the state’s economy while maintaining adequate funding for our state’s spending priorities.

And, yes, we do support marijuana legalization

In fact, we think it’s a travesty that the New Mexico legislature has not moved to legalize marijuana yet. While our neighbor to the north, Colorado, reaps the economic rewards of a vibrant marijuana industry, New Mexico’s red and blue lawmakers all sit on their hands.

Of course, legalizing marijuana also would reduce overall crime in our state, particularly violent border crime related to drug trafficking. As a matter of civil rights and for the economic benefits and crime reduction, the Libertarian Party of New Mexico strongly advocates for marijuana legalization.

That’s just for starters

Our full state platform is coming to this website soon. Meanwhile, you can learn more about the Libertarian Party by reading the national platform.

It’s time to ditch the red and the blue and go for the gold: the Libertarian Party

In media reports, the Libertarian Party is represented by the color gold. It’s almost the same shade as the the New Mexico state flag. We think of the Libertarian Party as the  gold standard for ethical, people-centered politics, so this color suits us just fine.

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