Liberty Union (Francisville)

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Liberty Union
LeaderSebastian Linden
ChairpersonJames Stewart
Founded21 August 2012
Dissolved8 November 2014
HeadquartersWasserbrueck, Francisville
Membership  (2012)5
IdeologyClassical Republicanism, Left-Libertarianism, Localism, Non-Interventionism, Workplace Democracy, Environmentalism.
Federal Council
2 / 3
Federal Chamber
2 / 5
Cantonal Executives
2 / 4

The Liberty Union was a left-wing political party and think-tank in the Federal Republic of Francisville which promoted an ideological platform combining classical republican constitutional philosophy with anti-authoritarian leftist economic policies. The Liberty Union was the largest political organisation in the Federal Republic until its dissolution on 8 November 2014.

History

The Liberty Union was founded by on 21 August 2012 by James Stewart and Sebastian Linden in anticipation of the 2012 elections to the Federal Council and Federal Chamber. Following the 2012 elections, the Liberty Union emerged as the larger political party in the Federal Republic with one member of the Federal Council and 60% of the members of the Federal Chamber. The party was particularly strong in Rudno and Wasserbrueck, both of which were representative entirely by Liberty Union affiliated officials at cantonal and federal level. The Liberty Union lost one federal deputy in the 2013 elections but gained one member of the Federal Council. The party was dissolved alongside the dissolution of the Federal Republic on 8 November 2014.

Philosophy

The party's platform was influenced by left libertarian, classical republican, and communitarian thought. Its political philosophy considered the criticism of corporate capitalism and unrestrained globalisation to be the economic application of the criticisms against arbitrary government, lack of civic virtue, and hierarchical rule raised by classical republicanism in the sphere of government.[1] The Liberty Union argued in favour of structures which promoted liberty, equality, and organic social development in both the economic and political spheres. The party's platform broadly favoured:

  • Neutrality and non-interventionism in foreign affairs.
  • Promotion of direct and participatory democracy at federal, cantonal, and district levels.
  • Promotion of economic, cultural, and social rights as well as individual liberty and the rule of law.
  • Workplace democracy, mutuality, and individual entrepreneurship in the economy.
  • Protection of civic society, community organisations, and family life.
  • Environmental protection including the preservation of built heritage.
  • Localism, subsidiarity, and the devolution of political power.

Leadership

Office Portrait Name Term of office
Leader ProprietorSebPortrait.jpg Sebastian Linden 7 October 2012 8 November 2014
  • Governor of Rudno (16 August 2012 - 8 November 2014)
  • Federal Deputy for Rudno (7 October 2012 - 8 November 2014)
  • Federal Councillor (7 October 2012 - 8 November 2014)
  • Federal President (8 July 2013 - 8 November 2014)
Chair StewartPolination.jpg James Stewart 21 August 2012 8 November 2014
  • First Minister of Wasserbrueck (7 October 2012 - 8 November 2014)
  • President of the Federal Chamber (7 October 2012 - 8 November 2014)
  • Federal Deputy for Wasserbrueck (7 October 2012 - 8 November 2014)
  • Federal Councillor (8 July 2013 - 8 November 2014)

See also

References

  1. Political Liberty as Non-Domination. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Accessed 12 July 2020.