Natural Law Party (United States)

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The Natural Law Party (NLP) was a United States political party affiliated with the international Natural Law Party. It was founded in 1992 and mostly dissolved in 2004. Leading members of party were associated with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, leader of Transcendental Meditation movement.

The party proposed that political problems could be solved through alignment with the Unified Field of all the laws of nature through the use of the TM-Sidhi program. Its other policies were uncontroversial.

The U.S. version of the Natural Law Party ran John Hagelin as its presidential candidate in 1992, 1996, and 2000. The party also ran congressional and local candidates. It attempted to merge with the Reform Party in 2000. The NLP in the United Stated and other countries parties were largely disbanded in 2004. Several state affiliates have kept their ballot positions and have allied with other small parties.

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"Natural Law" referred to "the ultimate source of order and harmony displayed throughout creation."[1] Harmony with Natural Law could be accomplished by the practice of Transcendental Meditation and more advanced techniques.[1] Due to scientific studies of these techniques, it considered this to be a science-based approach.[2]

The NLP proposed that a government subsidized group of 7,000[3] advanced meditators known as Yogic Flyers would lower nationwide stress, reduce unemployment,[4] raise the gross national product,[4] improve health, reduce crime,[1] and make the country invincible to foreign attack.[5] Hagelin called it a "practical, field-tested, scientifically proven" solution.[6] TM would be taught to the military, to students, in prisons, and to ordinary citizens.[1]

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