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Liberty Union (Francisville)
|Founded||21 August 2012|
|Dissolved||8 November 2014|
|Ideology||Classical Republicanism, Left-Libertarianism, Localism, Non-Interventionism, Workplace Democracy, Environmentalism.|
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.
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.
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. 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.
|Office||Portrait||Name||Term of office|
|Leader||Sebastian Linden||7 October 2012||8 November 2014|
|Chair||James Stewart||21 August 2012||8 November 2014|
- Political Liberty as Non-Domination. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Accessed 12 July 2020.