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Libertarian? Do any of these definitions describe you (or find them interesting)?

As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

Consequently, we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.

From the Libertarian Party Platform Preamble

Left-Leaning Libertarian

Left-libertarianism[1] names several related but distinct approaches to politics, society, culture, and political and social theory. It can refer to anti-authoritarian, anti-propertarian varieties of socialism or to either of two positions whose proponents draw radical conclusions from classical liberal or libertarian premises—one emphasizing links between self-ownership and egalitarianism, the other stressing the socially transformative potential of non-aggression and free markets.


Christian libertarianism describes the synthesis of Christian beliefs with libertarian political philosophy. It is also a political philosophy in itself that has its roots in libertarianism and it is a political ideology to the extent that Christian libertarians promote their cause to others and join together as a movement.[citation needed] In general, Christian libertarians believe that Christians should not use government as a tool to control others' moral behavior or to initiate the use of force against others. They further believe these principles are supported by Christ's teaching and by the Bible.

Green Libertarianism (also known as eco-libertarianism) is a hybrid political philosophy that has developed in the United States.[1][dead link] Based upon a mixture of political third party values, such as the environmental platform from the Green Party and the civil liberties platform of the Libertarian Party, the green libertarian philosophy attempts to consolidate socially progressive values with economic liberalism.[2]

A green libertarian would be an individual who adheres to libertarian political philosophy as well as to green ideology. While these are not traditionally seen going hand-in-hand, the two are not necessarily incompatible. For example, free market economics and environmentalism are combined in the concept of free market environmentalism. And there has recently been an interest in "how to bring green sensibilities into line with the free-market agenda of libertarians." 

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Asked by -Eilish- at 5:08 PM on May. 27, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (13)
  • ive looked into Libertarianism before & liked what i read...but then i joined a few groups (on CM & FB) to get a better idea of the type of ppl associated with it & i havent looked back. on paper it sounds great, but just like the other 2 choices, its not for me. there are too many side issues that i just cant align myself with (same as w/ Dem & Repub)...even if those ppl were the more extreme type.

    Answer by okmanders at 5:21 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • I'm more of a libertarian than a republican, which is what i usually use to classify myself as.

    Answer by Astraea_79 at 6:17 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • In my experience, like most economists, no two libertarians seem to be able to agree on very much at all.

    Answer by janet116 at 8:26 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • no two libertarians seem to be able to agree on very much at all.

    Can you give me an example?

    Comment by -Eilish- (original poster) at 8:48 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • i am only going off people I have met who consider themselves libertarians . It seems to span a left-right poltical divide .

    Answer by janet116 at 9:07 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • It seems to span a left-right poltical divide .

    Libertarians generally agree on the fact that the government aught to have a limited role, and that individual liberty is more important than the common good of the group. But libertarians also know that there are differing opinions on a vast array of issues. These issues tend be moot as far politics go, b/c none of them believe in using the gov't to strong arm the people.

    Comment by -Eilish- (original poster) at 9:16 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • Green Libertarianism

    Answer by Sisteract at 9:51 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • Christian Libertarian - much of Christ's teachings align with libertarianism, so much so that I am not sure how any Christian can be anything other than a libertarian.

    Answer by AuroraAFA at 10:04 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • I consider myself a left-libertarian. The nice thing about libertarianism, is that we can disagree on many issues but still understand that as long as an individual's choices do not interfere with another's individual rights, then people should be left alone. For me libertarianism is all about the non-agression principle (an individual cannot initiate force or fraud against another). Unfortunately, most people are statists. They want the government to use force for their own political ends (be they economic or social).

    It's all about freedom and liberty.

    Answer by suzyq_1_us at 10:27 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • Christian Libertarian for me.

    Answer by new_mom808 at 11:22 PM on May. 27, 2011

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