Party of Reason

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Party of Reason
Partei der Vernunft
Leader Friedrich Dominicus
General Secretary Dirk Hesse
Deputy leaders Enrico Pietzsch,
Charles Krüger
Executive director Maria Zanke
Treasurer Alexander Malchow
Additional executive committee members Georg Semmler, Stefanie Kaiser, Lilia Kalaschnikova
Founded 30 May 2009 (2009-05-30)
Headquarters Markgrafenstr. 15
76646 Bruchsal
Germany
Membership (2011) > 1,000[1]
Ideology Libertarianism
Euroscepticism
European affiliation European Party for Individual Liberty (EPIL)[2]
International affiliation International Alliance of Libertarian Parties,[3]
Interlibertarians[4]
Colors Blue
Slogan "Wir lieben Freiheit."
(We love liberty.)
Bundestag
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Regional Parliaments
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European Parliament
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Website
www.parteidervernunft.de

The Party of Reason (German: Partei der Vernunft, PDV) is a libertarian political party in Germany founded in 2009 by the journalist and author Oliver Janich.[5][6]

The party's policies are based on the Austrian School of economics. It campaigns for a minimal state, free markets, free banking and currency competition, decentralization of political power, subsidiarity and direct democracy. It rejects nationalism, racism and any kind of anti-democratic politics, whether from left or right, and censorship of the internet.[7][third-party source needed]

In September 2013, the PDV, together with libertarian parties from Spain (Party of Individual Freedom), France (Liberal Democratic Party) and the Netherlands (Libertarian Party) signed the Utrecht Declaration and Covenant of European Classical Liberal and Libertarian Parties, establishing the European Party for Individual Liberty (EPIL).[8][9]

Elections[edit]

Party of Reason information booth about the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), Munich, June 2012.

In 2011, the PDV participated in the local elections in Lower Saxony, winning one seat in the Flecken Harsefeld municipal council, two seats in the Samtgemeinde Harsefeld municipal council, and a further seat in the Bremervörde municipal council.[10][11][12]

Harald Ebert, member of the City council of Erding, and former member of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), joined the PDV in 2012.[13][14][15]

The party's first participation in German state elections was in the 2012 North Rhine-Westphalia state election on 13 May 2012, but it did not secure any seats in the Landtag.[16][17]

The PDV participated 2013 federal election on 22 September 2013,[18] attaining ballot access in four states (Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate),[19] and winning almost 25,000 second votes (0.1%).[20] The party also fielded a number of direct candidates.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Partei der Vernunft" gegründet (in German), Stimme.de, June 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Utrecht Declaration and Covenant of European Classical Liberal and Libertarian Parties". Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  3. ^ "IALP Members". Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  4. ^ "Interlibertarians Members". Interlibertarian.altervista.org. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ Erben der FDP? (in German), Telepolis, March 13, 2012.
  6. ^ 30. Mai im Hambacher Schloß: Partei der Vernunft wird gegründet (in German), May 25, 2009.
  7. ^ Manifesto - Partei der Vernunft Archived 2015-06-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ https://www.facebook.com/notes/european-party-for-individual-liberty-epil/the-utrecht-declaration-and-covenant-of-european-classical-liberal-and-libertari/1421256691422684/
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  10. ^ Election results of the 2011 local elections in Lower Saxony – Fleckenrat Harsefeld – Samtgemeinderat Harsefeld Archived 2012-08-01 at Archive.is, harsefeld.de, accessed on April 12, 2012.
  11. ^ Election results of the 2011 local elections in Lower Saxony – Fleckenrat Harsefeld Archived 2012-08-01 at Archive.is, harsefeld.de, accessed on April 12, 2012.
  12. ^ Election results of the 2011 local elections in Lower Saxony – Stadtrat Bremervörde und Ortsräte in den einzelnen Ortsteilen, bremervoerde.de, accessed on April 18, 2012.
  13. ^ Das große Stühlerücken im Erdinger Stadtrat (in German), Merkur online, September 30, 2011.
  14. ^ Stadtrat Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine., Stadt Erding, accessed on June 24, 2012.
  15. ^ Landesvorstand Bayern (in German), pdv, accessed on June 24, 2012.
  16. ^ Parteien mit Landesliste im Überblick (3)(in German), WDR, accessed on April 19, 2012.
  17. ^ Preliminary results of the 2012 North Rhine-Westphalia state election; accessed on May 13, 2012.
  18. ^ "Die Partei der Vernunft beschließt einstimmig die Teilnahme an der Bundestagswahl 2013" (in German). Parteidervernunft.de. Archived from the original on 2012-10-28. 
  19. ^ "Kandidaten zur Bundestagswahl am 22. September 2013" (in German). Parteidervernunft.de. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. 
  20. ^ "Endgültiges Ergebnis der Bundestagswahl 2013" (in German). www.bundeswahlleiter.de. Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. 
  21. ^ "Kandidaten zur Bundestagswahl am 22. September 2013" (in German). Parteidervernunft.de. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. 

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