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The Natural Law Party was founded in 1992 in the United States by a group of educators, business leaders, and lawyers in Fairfield, Iowa who practiced Transcendental Meditation.[1] The Natural Law Party was a transnational political party with national branches in over 80 countries. // Transcendental Meditation or TM is a trademarked meditation technique introduced in 1958 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that involves the mental use of specific sounds, called mantras. ... Political Parties redirects here. ...


The party based its platform on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's view that natural law is the supreme organizing principle that governs the universe, and that the problems of humanity are caused by people acting against this natural law. The Natural Law Party claimed that it could realign humanity with this organizing priniciple through techniques such as the practice of Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program, and problems would be alleviated. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (b. ... Natural law or the law of nature (Latin: lex naturalis) is an ethical theory that posits the existence of a law whose content is set by nature and that therefore has validity everywhere. ... The TM-Sidhiâ„¢ program was introduced world-wide by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the mid-1970s. ...


The various Natural Law Parties disbanded over a period of years from 2001-2006.

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UK Natural Law Party

The first Natural Law Party was launched in the UK, with Dr. Geoffrey Clements as Party Leader. The party fielded candidates in approximately 599 out of a total of some 600 constituencies. A significant number of constituencies were contested by nationals of countries outside the UK, including Scotland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, as British electoral law allows any member of a Commonwealth country to stand for Parliament. Former Beatle George Harrison performed in a fund-raising concert during the campaign. A constituency is any cohesive corporate unit or body bound by shared structures, goals or loyalty. ... This article is about the country. ... The Commonwealth of Nations as of 2006 Headquarters Marlborough House, London, UK Official languages English Membership 53 sovereign states Leaders  -  Queen Elizabeth II  -  Secretary-General Don McKinnon (since 1 April 2000) Establishment  -  Balfour Declaration 18 November 1926   -  Statute of Westminster 11 December 1931   -  London Declaration 28 April 1949  Area  -  Total... The House of Representatives Chamber of the Parliament of Australia in Canberra. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ...


The UK manifesto, like all other NLP platforms in the subsequent decade, was founded on two assertions: (1) that the development of consciousness, in particular through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Program including Yogic Flying, can enhance individual capability to resolve societal problems, and (2) that the practice of these techniques by a critical mass of the population, or else their group practice, in particular the group practice of Yogi Flying, results in overall improvements in society, including reduced crime, accidents and hospital admissions and improvements in prosperity, security and quality of life. The party quoted peer-reviewed published scientific research for many of its assertions. In the first UK campaign, Natural Law candidates gained an average of approximately 0.4% of votes. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with TM-Sidhi program. ... For other uses, see Society (disambiguation). ...


Republic of Ireland Natural Law Party

The Republic of Ireland had a Natural Law Party, centred in Dublin. Its most high profile candidate was Paddy Seery from Offaly. It is currently thought of as disbanded. For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... Paddy Seery was a Natural Law Party organiser, activist and candidiate in Offaly, standing in local and national elections. ...


Australia

In Australia, some candidates gained as much as 10% of the vote in some electorates. Owing to the compulsory preferential voting system in that country, this figure has the capacity to cause a marginal seat to change hands, and could precipitate a change in government. In the preferential system, votes allocated to an unsuccessful candidate are transferred to the next preferred candidate, until they are eventually lodged with either the final winner or the runner-up. A party's recommendation or allocation of preferences can thus create a swing sufficient to unseat a marginal incumbent. As a result, major parties at times assiduously court minor parties for their preferences (mainly during election times). It is not clear whether Natural Law Party candidates at any time precipitated a spill in a marginal electorate in Australia. However, following the formation of the NLP, a large number of small parties were launched, transforming the country from a largely two-party electoral system (Labor and the National/Liberal Coalition, with Democrats and Greens as minor parties) to a slightly more diverse political mix. Preferential voting (or preference voting) is a type of ballot structure used in several electoral systems in which voters rank a list or group of candidates in order of preference. ... A marginal seat is a district or constituency held with a particularly small majority in a Parliamentary election conducted under a non-proportional electoral system. ... Open seat redirects here. ... The National Party of Australia is an Australian political party. ... The Liberal Party of Australia is an Australian political party. ... The Australian Democrats is an Australian political party which was formed in 1977 through a merger of the Australia Party and the Liberal Movement after principals of those minor parties secured the commitment of former Liberal minister Don Chipp as a high-profile leader[1]. The new party was based... The Australian Greens, commonly known as The Greens, is a Green Australian political party. ...


As in the UK and most other countries in which the Natural Law Party was active, the party was discontinued after about 2001. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


U.S. Natural Law Party

The U.S. Natural Law Party, led by Dr. John Hagelin, ran as a third party that was largely center-left in ideology. It took liberal positions on abortion and gay rights, promised that it had scientific solutions to combat social ills such as poverty, crime, racism, bigotry, and came off as being politically moderate to conservative on economic issues. The United States Natural Law Party was a United States political party affiliated with the international Natural Law Party. ... Dr. John Hagelin Dr. John Hagelin, scientist, educator, and three-time third-party candidate for President of the United States, is Professor of Physics, Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi University of Management, and Minister of Science and Technology of the Global Country of... In any two-party system of politics, a third party is a party other than the two dominant ones. ... American liberalism—that is, liberalism in the United States of America—is a broad political and philosophical mindset, favoring individual liberty, and opposing restrictions on liberty, whether they come from established religion, from government regulation, from the existing class structure, or from multi-national corporations. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The LGBT rights movement in the United States seeks to achieve equality for all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity (heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual... A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows what he found. ... Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Gay bashing Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial... For people named Bigot and other meanings, see Bigot (disambiguation). ... Ths article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ...


The NLP ran Dr. John Hagelin, a physics professor at Maharishi University of Management, for president of the United States in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 elections, when he received fewer than 84,000 votes — or less than one tenth of one percent of the total number of votes.[2] Dr. John Hagelin Dr. John Hagelin, scientist, educator, and three-time third-party candidate for President of the United States, is Professor of Physics, Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi University of Management, and Minister of Science and Technology of the Global Country of...


According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the NLP spent nearly $2.3 million on its presidential campaign in the 1999-2000 election cycle.[3] The Natural Law Party did not run a candidate for president in the 2004 U.S. election and it is no longer a registered party in the United States.


In 2000 Hagelin attempted to create an independent coalition between the Natural Law and Reform political parties; however, that failed when Patrick Buchanan took control of the Reform Party. Patrick Buchanan Patrick Joseph Buchanan (born November 2, 1938), usually known as Pat Buchanan, is an American conservative journalist and a well known television political commentator. ... The Reform Party of the United States of America (abbreviated Reform Party USA or RPUSA) is a political party in the United States, founded by Ross Perot in 1995 who said Americans were disillusioned with the state of politics – as being corrupt and unable to deal with vital issues – and...


Between 2000–2004 the Natural Law Party sought to create an independent coalition of voters interested in election law reform. In 2002 the party endorsed Independence Party of Minnesota candidate for Minnesota Governor, Tim Penny. In 2004 the Natural Law Party endorsed Democratic Party presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich for President. Not long afterwards the Natural Law Party headquarters announced that it was shutting down and many state chapters followed suit. Hagelin went on to start the US Peace Government. Election law is a discipline falling at the juncture of constitutional law and political science. ... The Independence Party of Minnesota (often abbreviated MNIP, IP or IPM), formerly the Reform Party of Minnesota, is the third largest political party in Minnesota, behind the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) and Republican Party. ... The Governor of Minnesota is the chief executive of the U.S. state of Minnesota, leading the states executive branch. ... Timothy James Penny (born November 19, 1951), is an American politician. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Dennis John Kucinich (born October 8, 1946) is an American politician of the Democratic party and a candidate for President of the United States in both 2004 and 2008. ...


It is not clear why the Natural Law Party dissolved. It was seen as one of the more organized third political parties in America, along with the Constitution Party, Green Party and the Libertarian Party. In 1996, it ran more than 400 candidates in 48 states and was attracting support from Democrats, Republicans and independents. The Constitution Party is a conservative United States political party. ... This article is about the American political party, Green Party. ... The Libertarian Party is an American political party founded on Dec. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...


The Idaho Natural Law Party remained active, and was prepared to have three candidates on the ballot for state and federal office in 2006 by entering into a coalition with the new United Party, and thus remained the only Natural Law Party still active in the United States of America. However, on June 16 the Idaho Natural Law Party changed its name to the United Party, effectively ending the Natural Law Party's presence on American ballots. United Party is a term used in various variants by various political parties. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


References

  1. ^ Roth, R:The Natural Law Party:A Reason to Vote, page 285. St. Martin's Press, 1998
  2. ^ http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2000/prespop.htm
  3. ^ http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/disclosure_data_search.shtml

See also

This is a list of political parties around the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      This list of political parties in the United States contains past and present... The Natural Law Party of Canada was the Canadian branch of the international Natural Law Party, the political arm of Maharishi Mahesh Yogis Transcendental Meditation movement. ... The Natural Law Party of New Zealand was formed in 1995 and bases its policies on the concept of natural law. ... The Parti de la loi naturelle du Québec (in English: Natural Law Party of Quebec) was the Quebec branch of the international Natural Law Party, the political arm of Maharishi Mahesh Yogis Transcendental Meditation movement. ... The United States Natural Law Party was a United States political party affiliated with the international Natural Law Party. ...

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The NLP advocated federal funding for research in yogic flying, believing that this form of meditation was the key to achieving world peace and universal health.
The NLP was primarily active in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec (Parti de la loi naturelle du Québec) and British Columbia.
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