Liberal People's Party (Norway)
|Liberal People's Party
Det Liberale Folkepartiet
|Youth wing||Liberalistisk Ungdom|
|Politics of Norway
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During the 1990s, some of the Progress Party's members considered the party to have become less liberal than it had been in its earlier days. These members of the Progress Party then decided to join the DLF. The DLF has since then taken increasingly more libertarian viewpoints on most issues, emerging as a promoter of economic liberalism and laissez-faire capitalism. The party's politics states that the state should only protect individuals' rights through police, courts of law and a military service.
With meager showings in parliamentary elections, DLF's best result was achieved in the 2009 parliamentary election. Running in only three of 19 counties, they achieved a total of 350 votes – 0.013% of the national vote, or about 0.1% in each of the counties in which they ran (Oslo, Hedmark and Rogaland). In the 2011 local elections they received 247 votes in Oslo, a doubling in the number of votes from the last local election.
DLF wants to:
- Replace the parliamentary system and the monarchy with a constitutional republic.
- Abolish coercive taxes.
- Abolish all current restrictions regarding trade between Norway and other nations. Viewing the EU as a social democratic, redistributive and protectionist organization, they oppose Norwegian membership.
- Simplify laws, end bureaucracy, decriminalize victimless crimes, and so forth.
- Privatize roads, highways, railroads and other infrastructure, leaving their construction and upkeep to the free market.
- Abolish state financing of: special interest groups, business and industry, the agricultural and fishing sectors, the unemployed, and so forth.
- Abolish restrictions on immigration, provided that the above is accomplished beforehand.
- Abolish mandatory military service, instead relying on a fully professional defence force.
- Complete the separation of church and state.
- 1992–1995 Tor Ingar Østerud
- 1995–1997 Runar Henriksen
- 1997–2001 Trond Johansen
- 2001–2003 Arne Lidwin
- 2003– Vegard Martinsen
- (Norwegian) Det Liberale Folkepartiet (Liberal People's Party) official site
- (Norwegian) Liberalistisk Ungdom (Liberal Youth) official site of the youth party
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