Comparing the Democratic Party and Libertarian Party Platforms
This is just a simple comparison of what each party has made known about what they stand for. We chose to compare Democrats and Libertarians because these are the two at almost opposite sides of the political policy spectrum. One moves toward collectivism and the other individualism.
The democrat platform can be found at: https://democrats.org/where-we-stand/party-platform/
The Libertarian platform can be found at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y4YrbTSYwD1rekbeR0vuG5hLR1zV6jEY/view
The Democrat platform was so wordy we had to summarize some of their stances on the issues. The Libertarian platform was so simple, coping and pasting the statement was easier.
|Minimum Wage||Increase through Executive Orders and laws||Very Pro-Free Market|
|Use of Executive Orders||Pro-Executive Orders||Anti-Executive Orders|
|Unionization||Very Pro-union||Very Pro-Free Market|
|Role of Government||Very Pro-Government intervention and oversight||Very Pro-Individual Freedom and Responsibility|
|Federal Subsidies||Increase and Expand||Very Pro-Free Market|
|Social Security||Expand||Privatize, “phase out the current government-sponsored Social Security system and transition to a private voluntary system. The proper and most effective source of help for the poor is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals. We believe members of society will become even more charitable and civil society will be strengthened as government reduces its activity in|
|Taxes||Create new taxes and increase other taxes on “top earners” and businesses” and draw back tax breaks.||“the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors. We support any initiative to reduce or abolish any tax, and oppose any increase on any tax for any reason.”|
|USPS||Expand||Privatize (FedEx, UPS, etc.)|
|Banking||Nationalize (the national infrastructure bank, Export-Import Bank)||Privatize.|
|Government Bail Outs||Pro-Tax Payer Bail Outs||Anti-Bail Outs, “A free and competitive market allocates resources in the most efficient manner.” and “defend the right of individuals to form corporations, cooperatives and other types of entities based on voluntary association. We oppose all forms of government subsidies and bailouts to business, labor, or any other special interest. Government should not compete with private enterprise.”|
|Federal Funded Education||Anti-Private education. Debt-free college. Universal (government) Pre-school. [nationalized education system]||“Parents, or other guardians, have the right to raise their children according to their own standards and beliefs,” and “ending federal student loan guarantees and special treatment of student loan debt in bankruptcy proceedings.” and “the education of children is a parental responsibility, we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children’s education.”|
|Net-Neutrality||Pro-Regulation of the Internet||“oppose government censorship, regulation, or control of communications media and technology.”|
|Space Exploration||Fund NASA||Support SpaceX|
|Voting||Vote-by-mail, anti-Voter ID laws, eliminate Super PACs||Support electronic mail ballots.|
|Supreme Court Judges||Constitutional Principled judges, “activist judges”||Constitutional traditionalists.|
|Abortion||Pro-Abortion, federally imposed.||Pro-Choice, “that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.”|
|Climate Change||Man-caused, government solutions. Carbon-tax||“Competitive free markets and property rights stimulate the technological innovations and behavioral changes required to protect our environment and ecosystems. Private landowners and conservation groups have a vested interest in maintaining natural resources.”|
|Healthcare||Universal (single payer government) healthcare system [nationalized healthcare system]||“the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. People should be free to purchase health insurance|
across state lines.”
|Gun Control||Very Pro-Gun Control and expansion with the ATF and repeal legal immunity protections gun makers and sellers||Pro-Self Defense, “Private property owners should be free to establish their own conditions regarding the presence of personal defense weapons on their own property. We oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition.”|
|Foreign Intervention and The Military||Pro-Syrian Intervention and increase Drone Strikes. Continued Iraq and Afghan Intervention. Support NATO. Very Pro-Foreign (tax payer funded) programs.||“support the maintenance of a sufficient military to defend the United States against aggression. The United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world. We oppose any form of compulsory national service.” and “end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.”|
|LGBT||Federal Special protections and foreign intervention||Very Pro-Individual privacy and liberty|
|Religious Freedom||Support Government limitations on the exercise of religion (COVID-19 orders)||“favor the freedom to engage in or abstain from any religious activities that do not violate the rights of others. We oppose government actions which either aid or attack any religion.”|
|Criminal Justice Reform||Nationalized Police standards, keep Mandatory Minimum sentences.||Decriminalization, “the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as gambling, the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes, and consensual transactions involving sexual services.|
|Death Penalty||“We oppose the administration of the death penalty by the state.”|
|National Debt||Avoid increasing national debt by offsetting a tax increase on “top earners” and corporations.||“support the passage of a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes.”|
|Presidential Candidate||Joe Biden; old, wealthy, white male, been in public office for over 40 years.||Jo Jorgensen; younger, moderately wealth, white, female, PhD in psychology, successful business owner, and lecturer at Clemson.|
Overall Platform Objectives:
- Expand and grow Federal government oversight and subsidies
- Increase taxes and regulation
- Reduce privatization of large sectors of the economy.
- Expand individual liberties and freedoms by reducing government involvement and interference
- Reduce taxes and support deregulation
- Increase privatization and support individual profitability
Comments about the Democrat Party Platform:
Their details and descriptions are more emotionalistic and lean toward a sense of propaganda with the use of zinger words and key talking point phrases. They specifically praise California and New York for their economic changes, but California is in terrible shape, financially, due to the government policies and changes they made. The people of these states are moving away in record numbers. Even in their Platform, they can’t seem to steer away from bashing and poorly characterizing the current President instead of focusing on how they will make America better, and even praise Obama (even though he was president for almost a decade already and didn’t do the things in their platform). They have an entire section called “Principled Leadership” that really just bashes and slanders. They even admit that businesses are making “near-record” profits, which points to a strong economy. They brag about being the party that created Social Security but ignore their other past issues (racism) and the fact that Social Security isn’t sustainable. Throughout their disorganized platform, they openly and indirectly state they will discriminate against men and non-persons of color. They bring up the drinking water issue in Flint, but fail to mention that the entire lack of government response and accountability were all Democrats. Their platform sounds all “for The People,” but comparing their actions over the past 15 years with their 2016 platform its hard to tell if they actually believe what they are trying to sell. However, they hold true on increasing taxes, expanding the government, and resisting the privatization of industries such as healthcare and education. May get some eye-rolls for this but, overall, their platform screams collectivist International Socialism. Why do we say this?
Webster defines “socialism” as: “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.” And the Democrat platform just about meets that definition, so…
Comments about the Libertarian Party Platform:
Their platform is simplistic. Their statement, “No individual, group, or government may rightly initiate force against any other individual, group, or government. Libertarians reject the notion that groups have inherent rights. We support the rights of the smallest minority, the individual.” is applicable to just about every topic. And their statement of Self-Ownership is very applicable to a lot of the topics, “Individuals own their bodies and have rights over them that other individuals, groups, and governments may not violate. Individuals have the freedom and responsibility to decide what they knowingly and voluntarily consume, and what risks they accept to their own health, finances, safety, or life.” It is clear that their focus is individualism. Their economic statement is very plain too, “Libertarians would free property owners from government restrictions on their rights to control and enjoy their property, as long as their choices do not harm or infringe on the rights of others. Eminent domain, civil asset forfeiture, governmental limits on profits, governmental production mandates, and governmental controls on prices of goods and services (including wages, rents, and interest) are abridgements of such fundamental rights. For voluntary dealings among private entities, parties should be free to choose with whom they trade and set whatever trade terms are mutually agreeable.” Which is applied to all races, ethnic groups, and genders equally. Really can’t get any more equality friendly than this.
Why Aren’t Republicans Compared?
Quite frankly, Republicans are more-so a blend of Democrats with some Libertarian ideas. Seeing how the Republican party has been over the past 15 years or so, they have expanded government spending and size, which, reflects more of the Democrat platform. Comparing them with Democrats is almost pointless.