The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States. Libertarians strongly oppose any government interference into their personal, family, and business decisions. Essentially, we believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.
David Nolan and several other friends got together in the summer of 1971 after Richard Nixon announced to the public the implementation of wage and price controls, which removed the gold standard and allowed the government to impose inflation easier. Along with the ‘illegal’ Vietnam War, loss of fiscal conservative direction of the Republican Party and the socialist directions of the Democrat Party, the group started the think tank to come up with a better political solution for real limited government and individual freedom.
The group had many preliminary meetings in Westminster, Colorado and decided to start sending letters across the country to libertarian minded people.
After receiving overwhelming responses on December 11, 1971, David Nolan and seven other friends met at the home of Luke Zell in Colorado Springs to officially form the ‘United States’ Libertarian Party. The group held a press conference early the following year to announce the new “Libertarian Party,” which amazingly the mass press welcomed.
Thus, Colorado is the Birthplace of the Libertarian Party.
After several years without official LP presence, El Paso county reorganized and became LPCO’s biggest County Affiliate in 2013.