Possible 2010 LP Platform Goals

Fixes for semantic bugs
Extra defense for candidates
Extra guidance for candidates
General style improvements

  • General: change 1st-person "we" to 3rd-person "Libertarians" [MC RSB]
  • Preamble: planks, not "pages" [BH]
  • 1.0: informed competence or adulthood or responsibility is required to exercise a right [AGM BH DS GM MC RR]
  • 1.0: qualify "choices in life" to exclude aggression [AGM BH MC]
  • 1.0: "mean we necessarily" => "necessarily mean we" [BH]
  • 1.0: tweak the non-aggression language e.g. rephrase in terms of choice [AGM BH GM MC]
  • 1.1: include the rest of the 1st Amendment: assembly and petition [AGM BH DS GM MC RP]
  • 1.1: address the tragedy of the broadcast-spectrum commons [AGM BH]
  • 1.1: change "actions which aid" to e.g. "subsidizing" or "promoting" [BH DS GM MC]
  • 1.1: defend copying for personal use [BH MC]
  • 1.1: oppose bans on information/media technology [BH DS RP MC]
  • 1.1: clarify that religion cannot excuse aggression [AGM BH MC]
  • 1.1: broadly rewrite the Expression and Communication plank [AdM]
  • 1.2: defend voluntary information sharing [AGM BH]
  • 1.2: the 4th Amendment recognizes rights, not creates them [AGM BH DS GM MC RP]
  • 1.2: mention electronic privacy [AGM DS GM MC]
  • 1.2: oppose rights diminution due to classification as a security risk [CJ GM]
  • 1.2: clarify that drug freedom is not for children [AGM BH DS GM MC RR]
  • 1.2. add specifics about probable cause and modern privacy concerns [AGM]
  • 1.3: "rights" => "treatment" [BH GM MC RP]
  • 1.3: "gender or gender identity" => "sex or gender identity" [GM RP]
  • 1.3: mention freedom of association of voluntary groups [AGM]
  • 1.3: mention that courts can adjudicate contractual relationships [AGM]
  • 1.4: oppose abortion subsidies and mandates [AGM BH GM JH SH]
  • 1.4: oppose a broad range of procreation bans, subsidies, and mandates [BH DS]
  • 1.4: add language to the abortion plank welcoming pro-lifers [AGM CJ JH]
  • 1.4: broadly rewrite the abortion plank [GM JH SH]
  • 1.5: "restitution of the victim": change "of" to "to" or "for" [AGM BH]
  • 1.5: add more protections e.g. self-incrimination, double jeopardy, cruel & unusual, ex post facto [AdM BH GM]
  • 1.5: restate jury nullification as a right of defendants, not juries [GM JR]
  • 1.5: move victimless crime and drug language to Crime and Justice plank [AGM GM MC]
  • 1.5: broadly rewrite the Crime and Justice plank [AdM]
  • 1.5: split into separate Crime and Justice planks [GM RSB]
  • 1.6: qualify gun rights as being for peaceful adults [AGM BD BH DS MC]
  • 1.6: invoke the 2nd Amendment [BH DS GM MC RSB]
  • 1.6: property owners may disallow guns [AGM BH MC]
  • 1.6: broaden to include all personal self-defense weapons [AGM BH]
  • 1.6: broadly rewrite the Self-Defense plank [AdM AGM]
  • 2.0: clarify that products must not be deceptively unsafe [AGM MC]
  • 2.0: emphasize the opportunities created by free markets [AGM MC RSB]
  • 2.0: broadly rewrite the Economic Liberty plank [AdM GM]
  • 2.1: don't concede that rights can ever conflict with each other [SH]
  • 2.1: broadly rewrite the Property and Contract plank [AdM AGM GM]
  • 2.2: change to "advocacy" in "environmental advocates and social pressure" [BH MC]
  • 2.2: instead of "sensible use"/"misuse" of resources, say polluters must pay [BH MC]
  • 2.2: broadly rewrite the Environment plank [AdM BH CJ GM]
  • 2.3: advocate the freedom of energy markets to induce conservation [BH MC]
  • 2.3: oppose government limits on liabilities for e.g. nuclear energy [BH]
  • 2.3: broadly rewrite the Energy and Resources plank [AdM BH CJ RR]
  • 2.3: delete the Energy and Resources plank [AGM]
  • 2.3: move Resources into new plank about homesteading [RP]
  • 2.4: add language against bailouts/fraud to 2.4 or 2.6 [AGM BH]
  • 2.4: "abolishment" => abolition, "legal requirements" => laws [BH MC]
  • 2.4: broadly rewrite the Government Finance and Spending plank [AGM]
  • 2.5: audit the Fed [GM]
  • 2.5: remove opposition to legal tender laws [AGM GM MC]
  • 2.5: broadly rewrite the Money and Financial Markets plank [AGM JR]
  • 2.6: discuss corporate limited liability and/or personhood [BH RR]
  • 2.6: discuss government utilities [AGM BH]
  • 2.6: qualify "free markets" as "free and competitive markets" [AGM MC]
  • 2.6: invoke Constitution for divestment of governmental functions [AGM MC]
  • 2.6: say government shouldn't compete with private industry [AGM MC]
  • 2.7: clarify to not protect employment for e.g. aggressors or children [AGM BH MC]
  • 2.7: oppose mandated benefits from employers [AGM]
  • 2.7: remove irrelevant objection to forced retirement [AGM]
  • 2.7: specifically oppose affirmative action [AGM]
  • 2.7: explicitly state the principle of freedom of association in employment [AGM BH]
  • 2.8: delete "like any other service" [BH]
  • 2.8: broadly rewrite the Education plank [AdM CJ GM GS JH KD RSB RR]
  • 2.9: advocate some more specific healthcare freedoms [AGM BH MC]
  • 2.9: clarify that the level of healtchare you want can be zero [AGM]
  • 2.10: broadly soften the Social Security phase-out language [AGM GM GS MC]
  • 2.10: talk more about the merits of voluntary charity [BH DS GM GS MC]
  • 3.0: improve language about the Constitution [GM GS]
  • 3.0: broadly rewrite the Securing Liberty plank [GS JR SH]
  • 3.1: oppose peacetime militarization of our borders [RP]
  • 3.1: fix the confusing "should both abandon" wording [AGM BD MC]
  • 3.1: broadly rewrite the National Defense plank [GS SH]
  • 3.2: don't falsely say the Bill of Rights has no wartime exceptions [AGM BH MC RP]
  • 3.2: broadly rewrite the Internal Security and Individual Rights plank [GM RP]
  • 3.3: clarify first sentence re: the antecedent of "its" [AGM BH]
  • 3.3: oppose only intentional attacks on the innocent [AGM]
  • 3.4: clarify the conditions for immigration [AGM BH DS MC RP]
  • 3.5: remove the thought-police condemnation of bigotry [AGM GS RP]
  • 3.5: parents may not abuse/neglect/endanger children [BH MC]
  • 3.5: also oppose granting of privileges based on such traits [RP RR SH]
  • 3.5: broadly rewrite the Rights and Discrimination plank [AdM GM RP]
  • 3.5: minors have the right to sue for emancipation [BH]
  • 3.6: clarify that "electoral systems" means voting systems not Electoral College [AGM]
  • 3.x: add new plank about secession and indigenous peoples [RP]
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