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Libertarian Party of Massachusetts
Jeff Lyons, Chairman
Upon learning that Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots had been charged for soliciting prostitution in a massage parlor in Jupiter Florida, Jeff Lyons, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts issued the following statement:
"The Libertarian Party has always asserted that consenting adults should be able to exchange whatever goods and services they wish, so long as both parties willingly agree to the terms. It should be pointed out that had Robert Kraft been in Nevada, this would have been a legal activity.
"The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts believes that human sex trafficking is a serious crime, and the organizers of the illegal sex trade should be targeted, not consenting adults engaged in a commercial transaction.
"The government should not be seeking to restrict commerce, nor should it pass a moral judgement on consensual activities between adults. Assuming both parties in this case were adults and consenting, we call for the immediate dismissal of the misdemeanor charges against Bob Kraft and the decriminalization of prostitution, which we believe would deny human traffickers the ability to operate a black market. Until consensual sexual commerce is legalized, I fear these heinous acts will continue."
The Libertarian Party platform includes the following plank:
2.10 Sex Work
The Libertarian Party supports the decriminalization of prostitution. We assert the right of consenting adults to provide sexual services to clients for compensation, and the right of clients to purchase sexual services from consenting sex workers.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Libertarian Party of Massachusetts
Jeff Lyons, Chairman
Gov. Weld Seeks Republican Nomination, LPMass Responds
This morning, Former Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld announced an Exploratory Committee for seeking the Presidential Nomination of the Grand Old Party. The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts offered a response this afternoon. LPMass ChairmanRead more
Libertarian Party of Massachusetts statement on amendment #1147 to S.4 05/24/2018
The Libertarian Party believes that every citizen has the right to associate with whomever they choose, regardless of where that person is born. That millions of Americans have chosen to do so attests to the fundamental value of freedom of association.
When a peaceful activity is made illegal by law, we oppose the law and do not consider violation of that law to be immoral. The amendment to the state budget to not expend state resources on enforcing misguided and cruel Federal mandates is morally sound.
The amendment is only controversial because fear of immigrants has been praised and encouraged in gullible voters in order to boost vote totals for Republican candidates. The economic benefits, low crime rates, and low use of public resources of immigrants, legal or not, are well documented by dispassionate analysts. But none of this matters for the false dichotomy that defines the mythical division between Democrats and Republicans.
Any effort to oppose the cruelty now being inflicted on decent people should be applauded. The federal government has destroyed peaceful and hard-working families by deporting their breadwinners and has ripped children from the arms of Central American mothers who are desperate for asylum from unfathomable violence. Federal law says that these actions of Federal law enforcement agents are not crimes, but in reality, they are crimes against humanity. The efforts of Massachusetts legislators to refuse to abet this disgraceful campaign of terror is highly praiseworthy.
It is completely consistent with libertarianism to oppose a shameful police state devoted to the persecution of foreign-born persons who have done nothing wrong but who have had their peaceful behavior defined as criminal activity by unjust laws.
Political Director of the Libertarian Party Carla Howell delivers the keynote address at the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts
Given the events in Las Vegas, we thought we would revist the statement following the Orlando Shooting of LPMA Congressional candidate Thomas SimmonsRead more
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The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts Denounces Bigotry and Violence on Boston Common
Boston, MA - August 16th, 2017 - The tensions between political extremist groups, like those present at the Unite the Right event in Charlottesville, have come to a flashpoint. Picking a side in a political theatre where actors routinely employ violence against each other is a foolish venture destined for failure. These extremists use violence in their attempts to suppress free speech, regardless of whether they lean right or left. Support for either side will only lead to escalating violence.
The choice between one street hooligan over another is not unlike the antics of major party politics. Given the choice between the “Left” and the “Right”, the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts and its members choose freedom. Only through freedom, opportunity, and peace can the people of the Commonwealth pursue prosperity.
The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts categorically rejects racially motivated bigotry while at the same time supports the rights of all citizens to openly and peaceably express their opinions in the realm of public discourse. There will always be those who hold repugnant views, but we must always embrace freedom of expression and allow the marketplace of ideas to drown out hate and bigotry.
In advance of the Boston Free Speech Rally tentatively taking place on the Boston Common August 19th, The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts denounces the planned violent demonstrations by both the White Nationalists and AntiFa groups.
The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts is the Commonwealth’s third-oldest political party and is committed to defending all the rights of every citizen in the Commonwealth, all of the time.
Visit our website at http://www.lpmass.org to learn more.
For newcomers to the party, the "big tent" formed by libertarian principles can seem pretty strange, especially compared to the old political divisions. The major parties are simple. You are either a lefty liberal or a conservative on the right. After of decades of conditioning, for many voters, the labels practically apply themselves and people continually act out their role in defeating the other. Even when they both actually want the exact same things.
With libertarians, there is a mix of conservative gun ownership and liberal non-interventionist peacemaking, liberal drug laws and fiscal conservatism. Across just about every issue our principles break the molds used by most Americans to size one another up. So by conventional standards libertarianism is just plain weird, but if you are honestly objective, it is also the most rational.Read more