Who are the Libertarians and why do they bother?

Joe Hauptmann, Libertarian Party of Indiana State Chair, recently had an editorial in the Greensburg daily News.

Since 1994, Indiana voters have had at least three choices in the November elections. These choices are the Republican Party, Democrat Party, and the Libertarian Party. Since most officials elected are Republicans and Democrats the question is who are the Libertarians and why do they bother running.

There are probably as many definitions of libertarian as there are libertarians, but broadly a libertarian believes that any person has a right to live their live in any way they choose, so long as they do not infringe by intimidation, force or fraud on the rights of others to do the same. According to its bylaws, the primary purpose of the Libertarian Party of Indiana (LPIN) is “to promote individual liberty and to eliminate the intervention of government in moral, social and economic affairs.”

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