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Encyclopedia > Green libertarianism

Green-Libertarian describes a political philosophy that was established in the United States. Based upon a mixture of political third party values, such as the environmental platform from the U.S. Green Party and the platform of the U.S. Libertarian Party, the Green-Libertarian philosophy combines socially progressive values with economic conservatism. The motto of the Green-Libertarian philosophy, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," is termed from the U.S. Declaration of Independence in an attempt to show correlation between the political philosophy of the Green-Libertarians and the implied intent of America's founding fathers. Political philosophy is the study of the fundamental questions about the state, government, politics, property, law and the enforcement of a legal code by authority: what they are, why they are needed, what makes a government legitimate, what rights and freedoms it should protect and why, what form it should... In American politics, the Green Party is a third party which has been active in some areas since the 1980s, but first gained widespread public attention for Ralph Naders presidential runs in 1996 and 2000. ... The Libertarian Party is a United States political party created in 1971. ... U.S. Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence is a document in which the Thirteen Colonies declared themselves independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain and explained their justifications for doing so. ... Founding Fathers are persons instrumental not only in the establishment (founding) of a political institution, but also in the origination of the idea of the institution. ...

Ecology vs. Economics

The biggest debate among Green-Libertarians is how to balance ecology with economics. The Green-Libertarian philosophy dodges conflict between the principles of environmental protection and economic free trade by stressing that the two can go hand-in-hand, but only with corporate responsibility and accountability. According to the Green-Libertarian political platform, "Government intervention is required if big business is apathetic to environmental stability." Free trade is an economic concept referring to the selling of products between countries without tariffs or other trade barriers. ... A political platform is a list of the principles which a political party supports in order to appeal to the general public for the purpose of having said partys candidates voted into office. ...

The Green-Libertarian philosophy supports limited government, except when pertaining to a multitude of environmental issues and consumer protection. Green-Libertarians advocate cutting the size and scope of the federal government substantially to maximize individual liberties and encourage private charity. A type of government in which the functions and powers exercised by that government are prescribed, limited, and restricted by law, usually in a written constitution. ... Consumer protection is government regulation to protect the interests of consumers, for example by requiring businesses to disclose detailed information about products, particularly in areas where safety or public health is an issue, such as food. ...



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