The Libertarian Party is America and Indiana’s third largest political party founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. Our vision is for a world in which all individuals can freely exercise the natural right of sole dominion over their own lives, liberty, and property by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office, and moving public policy in a libertarian direction. In accordance with the Libertarian Pledge we do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals.
The Libertarian Party of Indiana was formed in 1974, and has maintained ballot access since 1994. Joe Hauptmann, a Boone County resident, currently serves as Chairman.
Purpose and Principles
The mission of the Libertarian Party is to move public policy in a libertarian direction by electing candidates of the Libertarian Party to public office.
The Libertarian Party of Indiana affirms the following principles:
- That all people possess certain unalienable natural rights, and that among these are rights to life, liberty, justly acquired property, and self-governance.
- That the only moral basis of government is the preservation and protection of unalienable natural rights.
- That no person or institution, public or private, has the right to initiate the use of physical force or fraud against another person, and that all people are bound, without contract, to abstain from infringing upon the natural rights of other people.
- That all people are entitled to choose their own lifestyles, as long as they do not forcibly impose their values on others.
- That the voluntary and unrestricted exchange of goods and services is fundamental to a peaceful and harmonious society.
View the National Libertarian Party Platform here.
- Property Tax Repeal/Reform — The Libertarian Party of Indiana is at the forefront of the battle to eliminate or reform property tax laws in the state. Proposed in the early 2000’s, the LPIN activists proposed a sensible alternative for moving Indiana away from unconstitutional taxes. The plan, designed for incremental change, allows for equitable assessment of property based upon square footage in three classifications: residential, industrial/commercial and agricultural. We want a fair tax system for farmers, small business owners, and home owners alike. The eventual goal for most in the party is the elimination of the tax. View the 2001 Libertarian Party of Indiana Property Tax Reform Plan here.
- Support for Small Business — The Small Business Initiative builds upon the rights of small business owners to operate their businesses as they see necessary with little interference from government. Excessive taxation, restrictive business licensing and expensive permitting should be examined and minimized. Our laws should protect the interests of entrepreneurs and pave a way for a thriving private economy free from corporate welfare and transference of tax dollars from one business interest to another.
- Electoral Reform — The Libertarian Party of Indiana believes in true election reform and the administration of fair elections. Free speech should not be hindered by overreaching campaign finance laws. Every vote should count and we should count every vote. We must provide a verifiable paper audit trail with each election. We cannot accept paperless, electronic voting equipment. We cannot accept Gerrymandered districts any longer.
- Defense of Private Property — Be it opposition to eminent domain and forced annexation or defending the rights of restaurant owners to offer a smoking section, the Libertarian Party of Indiana fervently defends the property rights of individuals and corporations alike.
- We stand for school choice. Parents and the local community is the final authority on educational standards. Money should always follow the student.
- We stand for a true free market economy, which is self regulating.
- We stand for state sovereignty, believing that the Tenth Amendment should be obeyed. The Bill of Rights are not polite suggestions. Citizens can monitor and control their government far easier at a local level.
View the National Libertarian Party Issues here.
The Libertarian Party of Indiana is the only party other than the Democrats and Republicans with ballot access in Indiana. Hoosier Libertarians have continually earned ballot access since 1994. Other parties have tried – and failed, to gain ballot access. We take pride in our consistent presence.
We are the new political center. Hoosier Libertarians advocate smaller government while vigilantly defending civil liberties. In a time of unprecedented spending and regulation from both major parties, Hoosier Libertarians are a sensible and credible alternative to the parties of big government.
We fight issues that matter to Hoosiers. In the last decade, Hoosier Libertarians came to the defense of eminent domain abuse victims, marched in opposition to draconian property tax laws, fought for reduced small business licensing and pursued equity, fairness and transparency in our elections.
Hoosier Libertarians lobbied dozens of city and town councils across Indiana to allow property owners to make the decision on smoking on their property, not the government. These efforts included the town of Fishers, who later resoundingly defeated a proposed smoking ban that would have shut down many of the small business owners responsible for the town’s economic prosperity.
Most important, we are Hoosiers. Hoosiers committed to creating the best opportunities for economic and social growth in our own communities. We are business owners, educators, attorneys, homemakers, preachers, blue-collar and white-collar workers, parents, students, retirees and community leaders. We share one vision and one commitment. We believe Libertarian principles make the best public policy and we are dedicated to electing Libertarians who share our beliefs.
We encourage all citizens to participate in local and national politics.
Libertarian Party History
For a history of of the national Libertarian Party, please click here.