Lower Drinking Age
On July 17, 1984, the National Minimum Drinking Act of 1984 was passed by Congress at the suggestion of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The prohibition lacks any scientific basis for an age of 21, and animal studies suggest alcohol consumption can inhibit brain development until the human age of 25, meaning its entire legislation not only opposes societal norms but is founded upon bias rather than ethical standards. Additional studies suggest that this prohibition has exacerbated the dangers associated with drinking amongst 18-20 year-olds. The Libertarian Party advocates reinstating the right to drink at 18, enabling these adults to learn to drink in public rather than endanger themselves behind closed doors.
LGBT individuals deserve the same property rights as straight individuals. Governments should not determine couples' relationship legitimacy. The Libertarian Party supports equal access to marriage licenses for all couples so long as states grant them. Moreover, Libertarians believe states should remove themselves from the process entirely; marriage should be a contract between individuals. Consenting adults should be free to marry whomever they want regardless of sexual identity, preference, or gender.
End The War on Drugs
Individuals should retain the right to choose what they put into their bodies. Governing bodies should protect this right as widely for non-harmful substances such as cannabis, as they do for harmful products such as tobacco and alcohol. The Libertarian Party endorses the full freedom of an individual to use these substances at their discretion, even if they are knowingly harming themselves. Libertarians also oppose the expansion of police powers through asset forfeiture laws, “no-knock” warrants, and other “anti-drug” measures which have had no positive results.
The libertarian perspective on immigration is often regarded as one of the core concepts of libertarian philosophy. If an immigrant seeks to engage in peaceful, voluntary transactions that do not threaten the freedom or security of the native-born, the government should not interfere. Many people who claim to want freedom seem to have no problem with the implications of a closed-border policy: national IDs, national work permits, non-stop surveillance, harassment of all businesses, a “papers please” culture, mass deportation, tens of billions in waste, bureaucrats wrecking the American dream, broken families, and the rights of Americans and foreigners transgressed at every turn.