LP Platform Committee application sample planks
In Libertarian on November 17, 2008 at 10:29 am
Applications for the LP’s Platform Committee were due this weekend, and were to include three sample planks. Following are the three I submitted. A fourth ‘bonus plank’ follows, especially for Robert Capozzi.
National and Community Defense
A community of free people will act in their own defense and that of their neighbors without compulsion. We oppose any form of compulsory military service, including taxation to support a standing or wartime military.
It is the right and responsibility of each individual to provide for his old age as he best sees fit. We therefore support the abolition of the compulsory, burdensome, and unworkable Social Security system. Those who have been victims of the Social Security tax and who can therefore rightfully expect some compensation for their effort should have a claim against government property.
Obedience to unjust laws perpetuates injustice. Therefore, we support peaceful disobedience of all unjust laws.
Bonus Plank: Offensive Weapons
Weapons which cannot be used without extensive concomitant damage to civilian populations (often called ‘weapons of mass destruction’) are – whether controlled by individuals or by states – the tools of terrorism, and as such have no place in the arsenal of a free people. We therefore support a ban on ownership of such weapons and call on the U.S. Government to divest itself of such offensive weaponry. The U.S. Government’s nuclear, chemical, and biological arsenals should be dismantled promptly, and further government research into the production of such materials should cease immediately.