Reaffirm that Private Property is an Essential Part of the Libertarian Movement
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The Libertarian Socialist Caucus, a collection of Libertarian Party members who identify as mutualists, libertarian socialists, anarcho-communists, and other anti-propertarian philosophies, was recently formed by individuals who have been spreading the idea that "rent is theft." Their philosophy dictates that private property is illegitimate and that someone can only own property if they're living on it (also known as occupancy and use standards.) They oppose the idea of eviction, arguing that a landlord should not be able to remove a tenant from the landlord's private property, even if the tenant breaks his lease. More about their thinking (and why it's incorrect) is included in this article: http://think-liberty.com/2017/08/26/rent-theft-theft/
The Libertarian Party Platform (section 2.1) states the following:
"As respect for property rights is fundamental to maintaining a free and prosperous society, it follows that the freedom to contract to obtain, retain, profit from, manage, or dispose of one’s property must also be upheld. 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."
Between section 2.1 and the fact that the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles states that "we oppose all government interference with private property," it should be clear that systems of thought such as those of the Libertarian Socialist Caucus that seek to abolish private property are incompatible with and contrary to the goals of the Libertarian party.
We ask that members of the Libertarian Party and others who support Libertarian ideals join us in reaffirming the fact that the right to private property and to do as one wishes with that property is vital to the movement and our ideology.
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