Libertarian Party Politics

Libertarian Party Becomes First Recognized 3rd Party in History To Reach 500,000


With the declining credibility of the Democrats and Republicans, the Libertarian party has continue to grow in membership. Ballot Access News reports, that surpassing the 500,000 mark makes the party the first non-major party to reach that mark.

The Green party and Constitution Party have never broken 400,000 in their years of highest membership, which may indicate a bright future for libertarians and the spread of the ideology. The only other party to reach this mark is California’s American Independent party who is not nationally organized.

According to data from Independent Political Report, the Libertarian Party has sat around 0.25% of the population for two decades, but now currently is at 0.46%, almost doubling average membership. The Party states that “Libertarian Party registration has grown by nearly 25 percent in the past year while Republican and Democratic registration continues to shrink […].”

Libertarians have a great opportunity in upcoming election cycles to really make an impact and become a player in national politics. We have to continue to demonstrate why the two major parties do not have their constituents interests at heart and why the party of principle will usher in a new era of reasonable and effective governance.

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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