Saturday, February 15, 2014

Proposal #7: Make Statement of Principles a Separate Stand-Alone Document

DRAFT This is a draft proposal which has not yet been voted on by the committee.

Proposed by Geoff Neale and Aaron Starr.

  • Problem: The Statement of Principles is a core enduring proclamation of our Party’s values that has not been changed in over 40 years. Even though it retains a near permanent nature, its importance is obfuscated and diminished because it is submerged within the Platform, a document often amended to address current political issues.
  • Solution: Just as the Declaration of Independence is (and ought to remain) a separate document from the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution, our proposal is to elevate our Statement of Principles by making it its own distinct document.
  • Benefits: As a separate document, we can proudly point to one concise stand-alone statement that presents our vision for a better world.

Bylaws of the Libertarian Party


  1. The Statement of Principles affirms that philosophy upon which the Libertarian Party is founded, by which it shall be sustained, and through which liberty shall prevail. The enduring importance of the Statement of Principles requires that it may be amended only by a vote of 7/8 of all registered delegates at a Regular Convention.
  2. The Party Platform shall include, but not be limited to, the Statement of Principles and advocate the implementation of those principles in the form of planks.
  3. The current Platform shall serve as the basis of all future platforms. The existing Platform may be amended only at Regular Conventions. Additional planks, or additions to planks, must be approved by 2/3 vote. A platform plank may be deleted by majority vote.
Proviso: The Statement of Principles shall be detached from the Party Platform and serve as its own stand-alone document.


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  • added - blue, underline, italic

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