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5 Simple Reasons to join the UK Liberty Party

Posted on: October 16th 2019
By: Harley Dalton, Area Manager, Greater Manchester.

Consistent Principles – A Home for All Advocates of Liberty
Unlike most political parties, the UK Liberty Party puts philosophy, not ideology at the heart of its policy approach. Broadly speaking, philosophy is a guide to understanding reality and human nature, and to adopting standards or principles of thought and action conducive to the flourishing of your life. Bad philosophy constitutes a junk heap of unwarranted conclusions, false generalizations, undefined contradictions, undigested slogans and unidentified ambitions, and the individual consequences of living according to such unstable principles are obvious. Likewise, public policy based on bad philosophy leads to major disruptions in the natural order of society and economy, leading at best to stagnation and corruption, and much worse besides.

The UK Liberty Party adheres to an individualist moral philosophy whose political expression is to be concluded in individual rights, limited government and free markets. Human life is the bedrock of all values – the necessary pre-condition for any want or need – and each individual human life is sustained only by applying reason to reality in pursuit of the values that sustain it. By definition, reason is fundamentally the undertaking of an individual only, and thus requires individual freedom for its full realization – that is, the right to consent on all matters. Such a vision is consistently applicable to every ideology derived from liberty, be it Libertarianism, minarchism, propertarianism, classical liberalism, small-state conservatism, anarchism, and so on, making the UK Liberty Party a home for all those with a persuasion for liberty.

Stepping Stones – A Reasoned and Self-Aware Approach to Politics
With the extensive body of laws, regulations and taxes currently inflicted upon us, along with a veritable leviathan in the shape of our public sector, the UK is a long way from a vision of government compatible with principles of liberty. Compounding this, the political alignment of the UK’s population trends dangerously close to outright authoritarianism: in recent votes, we have seen almost half of the population vote to be governed by an unelected, unaccountable and monolithic bureaucracy overseas, while over 40% rallied behind the party of an avowed socialist. Liberty, on the other hand, has no serious representation on the national stage, and is more often misrepresented in the media than allowed to present its own spokespeople.

The UK Liberty Party are under no illusions about the mountain we need to climb to achieve positive change in this country. The fact is that until the liberty movement develops an effective and recognisable political platform, our ideas will set the agenda only in obscurity – at fringe events which virtually no one attends, and in the manifestos of fringe parties which virtually no one reads.

Simplicity is the starting point of any complex challenge, and the UK Liberty Party adopt a strategy of ‘Stepping Stones’ to achieve this. With the principles of a consistent philosophy to guide us, and with a meticulous broadness of scope, we propose and support the introduction, amendment or repeal of any laws, taxes and regulations whose effect in doing so is to reduce the power and reach of the state, and which increases the capacity of individuals to choose and consent on matters concerning their own lives. Rather than the compromise of a small-state solution, each ‘Stepping Stone’ represents a battle in the philosophically consistent war for greater individual freedom, allowing us at all times, on all issues, and in cooperation with every person, politician or pressure group whose view on a subject aligns with our own to push ever closer in the direction of true liberty.

MAPS – Your Policies Brought to Life
The UK Liberty Party place great emphasis on mobilizing the talent and ambition of our members, and one of the most important aspects of this is to enable direct and continuous involvement in our policy approach. Thus, we have developed an online ‘Make A Proposal System’ (MAPS) that allows members to submit, generate support for and ultimately have adopted as party policy, their ideas on how to achieve liberty in the UK. Once adopted, your policy will be included in the party’s election manifesto, and can form the basis of single-issue campaigns in which the party will work with you to raise public awareness and petition MPs to raise or support the proposal in Parliament. This is one of a number of innovative tools the UK Liberty Party has developed as part of our decentralized membership participation approach.

POINTS – Recognition for your Hard Work
Grassroots politics is often a thankless endeavour, and this is especially true in smaller parties without the reach or infrastructure to help hardworking members make a measurable impact. Without a visible record of achievement or some small material recognition as an incentive, it can be difficult for members to justify spending precious time from their lives on the daily party grind.

In the same spirit as MAPS, the UK Liberty Party want to support our members to contribute to the growth and success of the party. Our ‘POsitive INTeraction System’ (POINTS) rewards you with credits based on your contributions as an active and effective supporter of the party, which can then be redeemed in a variety of ways in the online store. Members can receive POINTS for a range of activities, from the vital to the seemingly unimportant – for example, a small number of POINTS are available for logging in to your account daily, sharing the website on social media and reading newsletters, while the big bucks are earned by recruiting members, submitting publishable articles and proposing successful MAPS policies, etc.

At present, the POINTS store includes branded accessories like coffee mugs and clothing like hoodies and t-shirts. This range, along with other forms of redeemable goodies, will be expanded as the party grows.

Low Cost, No Hassle Membership
The standard model of political party membership in the UK often makes joining feel like an expensive, inconvenient and pointless gesture – manually give a sizeable chunk of money every year to a mega-rich party which already has massive corporate and/or union backers, and they’ll occasionally send you a generic email newsletter and let you vote for pre-selected leadership candidates once every few years. The cheapest mainstream option are the Tories at £25, the Greens want £36, while the Lib Dems try for a whopping £70 (but if you’re a Lib Dem, you deserve it, honestly)!

The UK Liberty Party think that a basic, inexpensive and passive subscription model forces the party to work to earn your membership month after month. Starting with a one-time fee of £10, members subsequently pay an automatic monthly fee based on what they feel they can afford - £1.50, £2.50 or £3.50 – which can be easily cancelled if we turn out to be useless. Alternatively, if you think we’re already amazing and will continue to be so, you can pay a one-time fee of £100 to become a Lifetime Member, which will reward you with a huge amount of POINTS!



The views expressed represent those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of UK Liberty Party. UK Liberty Party sometimes publishes articles we may disagree with because we think the article provides information, or a contrasting point of view, that may be of value to our readers.

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Our Philosophy

We are the only UK party that consistently holds that your Rights are inalienable. We will not accept any violation of your Rights.

We do however have a very different perspective as to what Rights are. Unlike those that claim Rights simply exist or are God given, we take the approach of first asking "What makes you human?"

The answer to that is the basis from which the moral principle of Rights is derived. That is; your mind. You are not born with any innate knowledge. You do not instinctively know how to grow food or hunt, how to make clothes or build a house. Everything that you do begins with your mind. Your mind is your tool for living.

To be able to use your mind you have to be free to think, to reason, to choose, to act. The only way to prevent you from doing this, and thus to stop you living, is force (incl. coercion) from others. Rights are the moral principle of freeing you from force by others.

Of course, this alone cannot stop those that choose to initiate force against you. Some people will do bad things.

This is where the political recognition & protection of your Rights comes in to play. A political system simply says that a society will not tolerate someone violating your Rights and that those that do will face punishment under the Law. This is freedom.

You can live your life knowing that those around you understand the consequences of violating your Rights. Your interactions with others are peaceful and voluntary.

Being able to take the neccessary actions to fulfil your life by exercising your freedom, guaranteed by your Rights, is true Liberty.

EDUCATION

Most people recognise that private schools are cognitively superior to government schools but, taxed to support government institutions, are unable to pay twice for their children's education. With the abolition of the government schools must come the repeal of the income and property taxes that finance them, making it possible for millions of parents to now afford quality private education.

By taking schooling out of the government's hands and placing it where it belongs — in the hands of parents — we respect the right of individuals to choose the school they want for themselves and their children, we definitively terminate governmental initiation of force in the educational field, contributing to freedom of the mind, and we vastly improve the educational levels in this country. A free market of education will deliver superlative levels of literacy in this nation.

Moreover, a marketplace fully open to competition, teems with diverse options; for example, the restaurant industry offers a wide array of choices — from dozens of popular fast food chains to diners, sandwich shops, family restaurants, ethnic restaurants, and all variations up to and including establishments offering five star cuisine. (And supermarkets are a cornucopia of diverse foodstuffs to be purchased and prepared at home.) Similarly, when the monolithic government school system is abolished and education is privatised, a vast array of options will emerge to meet parental demand: More children will be home-schooled; tutors will offer academic services in a wealth of subjects; teachers will open tiny individualised schools; education corporations will be founded and open large-scale school systems across the country; and on-line education will proliferate.

HEALTH CARE [NHS]

The provision of universal medical care has become prodigiously more and more expensive. At the same time, not coincidentally, we recognise that the United Kingdom is not a free market system, it is, and has long been, a mixed economy — an unstable amalgam of capitalism and socialism, of freedom and government controls, of individual rights and statism.

We maintain that a National Health Service, backed and enabled by government intervention in the health care field, has immensely boosted demand for medical services without generating a corresponding increase in supply. The market feedback mechanism of supply and demand is broken and thus costs of provision precipitously escalate.

A free medical marketplace will enable the next wave of bio-medical advances, including ever more effective pharmaceuticals, pioneering surgical techniques, disease-detecting technology, as well as other life-saving developments.

We support a gradual but full phasing out of National Insurance and the National Health Service, over a period of several years, giving responsible individuals sufficient time to make alternative arrangements to pay medical costs, and for private medical charity organisations to form.

ENVIRONMENT

The earth is roughly 4.65 billion years old, possessing therefore a vast history in which climate change occurs naturally and ceaselessly. For example, millions of years ago, long before human beings existed, much less industrialised, huge naturally - driven temperature swings — significantly larger than the 1.5 degree Fahrenheit rise of the past 150 years — caused the onset and, in time, the cessation of ice ages.

We recognise that the best opportunity for human life to flourish during such periods is provided by electric power, indoor heat, thermal clothing, advances in medical science, air conditioning, sun screen, and the like — all products of applied science, technology, and industrialisation. Whether or not human industrial activity contributed to the slight warming of the past 150 years, two truths are certain: This mild warming, despite decades of alarmism, poses no immediate catastrophic threat to human life — and government's restricting of the economic activity required to attain flourishing life across all climates, is the exact opposite of a proper course of action.

The human environment is kept clean and safe primarily by advances in science, technology, and industrialisation. For example: development of steel and concrete enables construction of reservoirs, water mains, indoor plumbing, and sewer mains that keep sewage out of the drinking water; advanced technology enables men to drain swamps that are breeding grounds for malaria - carrying mosquitoes; heating and central air conditioning permit human beings to live comfortably in extreme climate conditions, without breathing smoke from indoor fires; and so forth.

Eliminating all subsidies to both fossil fuel companies and "alternative" or "green/renewable" energy companies, and a definitive end to government incentives/penalties for energy producers will encourage free thinking entrepreneurs to develop and cultivate earth's resources in service of human life.

ECONOMY

Centuries of free(ish) markets and statism demonstrate two practical conclusions: When the individual's rights are protected to freely engage in production and trade, immense advances result in innovations, in creation of both material and intellectual wealth, in living standards, and in human life expectancies — but when the individual's rights to voluntarily produce and trade are curtailed by government interference, when statism in any form is rampant, then progress stagnates, the creation of wealth plummets, living standards diminish, and life expectancies decline.

We therefore advocate for a strict legal separation of state and economy in the UK, just as, and for the same reason, there exists a legal separation of state and church. Just as religious belief and practice is — properly — a matter of private choice and initiative, so are men's economic choices and activities.

If business persons, like religious persons or clergy, initiate force or fraud, they should be properly prosecuted under the laws of the criminal justice system that protect individual Rights. But if they initiate neither force nor fraud, then the government must be constitutionally debarred from interfering with their activities.

It is time that the 'free' in free market actually meant something.

COVID vs RIGHTS

Back in March 2020 we were warning the British public and wider world about the dangers of our political classes' obsession and hubris with lockdowns and similar draconian measures. While the government were issuing slogans and reassurance about "2 weeks to save the NHS" and "seeing out the spring", we were predicting many months, perhaps years of stubborn policy failure, u-turns and flip-flops and, in the meanwhile, economic and social decay as a result of an obviously flawed and morally dubious policy approach. Likewise, while we were promoting sense, reason, proportion and hope, using widely available public data about the nature of the virus, governments and media conspired to conduct a deliberate campaign of fear to justify greater and lasting use of state power to curtail, abuse and violate your Rights, Freedom adnd Liberties.

The Government and Opposition in cahoots and a compliant media conspired to sacrifice the many under the arrogant delusion they could play heroes to the few; the result of this has indeed been the sacrifice of the many - many livelihoods and businesses, as well as the education, financial stability, social fabric and personal lives and happiness of millions. Despite all this, however, the government has not succeeded in solving a health crisis; rather, it has sparked one in the soaring numbers of untreated afflictions, notably cancers, cardiovascular problems and mental health. Tens or hundreds of thousands of people will die as a result of the government's policy. The government had the information to avoid this. They chose to do it anyway. To them your Rights are by permission. This must never happen again.










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