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What the heck is a Libertarian?

Seriously, I know nothing about the political party. I hear it's sort of like anarchism? If you're a libertarian, please direct me to some websites (preferably non-biased) or maybe give me some info? I'd really appreciate it.


Asked by WomanWitty at 2:58 PM on Sep. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  •  this is their official website, I think.

    There are many more sites, but these should give you an idea of what they are about, and it certainly is not anarchy, it is more about personal freedom and liberty.  Kind of like, you are free to do what you like, as long as no-one else gets hurt, or their rights infringed upon. 


    Answer by 29again at 3:10 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Libertarianism is advocacy of individual liberty; libertarians generally share a distinct regard for individual freedom of thought and action, as well as a strong opposition to coercive authority, such as that of the state. Libertarians generally advocate extensive personal liberty with few exceptions.

    One exception shared by libertarians is that the actions of an individual should not infringe upon the freedom of any other person, a premise believed by many libertarians to be expressed best through the non-aggression principle. While libertarians generally disdain many government functions, some distinguish between minarchist and varying anarchist views (such as the libertarian socialist and anarcho-capitalist views) of libertarianism.

    Additionally, distinctions such as left-libertarianism and right-libertarianism have been identified.

    Answer by Glamourina at 2:59 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Why not head over to the Libertarian Moms group. The ladies there are great and love to answer any and all questions about their beliefs. No one is judgmental and you can get the facts.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:05 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Kind of like anarchy in the sense that free choice is a staple, but more like individual free choice. People are capable of protecting and providing for themselves and don't need or want a nanny state to do it for them. As little government intervention as possible.

    For example, no such thing as illegal drugs. We are capable of choosing not to use crack on our own. Those who choose to use it should be free to do so.

    With anarchy there is no governing body. Individuals and communities work together to provide for themselves.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 3:04 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Anarchy is also about personal freedom and liberty. I agree that they are different but they also have a lot in common.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 3:21 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • IMO~ Being a libertarian means you have the freedom to live your life in any peaceful way you choose without government (nanny) intervention. Libertarians advocate economic liberties that Liberals tend not to agree with. IMO, Libertarians believe in holding personal responsibility high on the 'proverbial' pedestal.. Basically, each person owns his own life and property, and has the right to make his own choices as to how they choose to live their life – Government need not intervene- as long as others simply respects the same right of others to do the same.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:44 PM on Sep. 1, 2010