One of four, and only four, possible political philosophies. The Libertarian believes in both personal and economic freedom.
The liberal, or left-winger, believes in personal freedom.
The conservative, or right-winger, believes in economic freedom.
The interventionist, or tyrant, believes in neither.
Virtually all political figures, and most of the electorate, are currently interventionist. Things will continue to deteriorate as long as this condition exists.
In most cases, there is no significant difference in candidates. The partisan antics involved in recent elections are therefore absurd. They both are on the same side, so to speak.
His libertarian leanings have put him at odds with his statehouse colleagues.
A Republican who wants to get high and look at porn.
"Dude, that guy's a Libertarian! What does that mean?"
"He's basically a Republican who likes porn."
Libertarians think they should be able to do as they please, including ignoring our human responsibility to help each other.
Anyone who doesn't believe that the government should be used for control and oppression, but firmly believes in the right of walmart-style corporations and the wealthy to do so.
Libertarians scare me.
Wealthy individuals who try to frighten others into believing the government is out to get you and your money. Much like the Tea Party, but without the Dominionism. As they see it, the only reason for a government to exist is for defense and protection of the free market. Everything else should be run by private corporation. Anything or anyone that cannot survive the new world order, doesn't deserve to (Social Darwinism).
While their waving the flag at you, remember a few things Libertarians would like to take away:
1. Public schools of all kind (primary, secondary and collegiate).
2. Civil Rights Act of 1964. The government would no longer enforce desegregation laws. Too bad if you're not a WASP.
3. Civil services and the taxes that pay for them (i.e. Police and Firemen). Those services would be handled by private firms.
4. Social Security, Medicare, Bluecross/Blueshield.
5. Labor unions.
6. Need based student loans.
7. Government funded research including medicine and technology. No more NASA. No more NIH. No more Center for Disease Control.
8. Best of all? No business regulation. This includes: minimum wages, disability, worker's compensation, 8 hour work day, anti-trust laws, OSHA, zoning and pollution laws, and many others.
At the end of the day, the only people who benefit from this fantasy world are other Libertarians. Many of which own, represent and/or invested in big businesses.
See that guy wearing a tin foil hat, waving a flag and talking like Mr. Burns from "The Simpsons"? That's a Libertarian.
Liberals who are gun lovers and hate poor people. They are economicaly conservative and socialy liberal.
"John used to be a liberal, but now he is a NRA nutjob, he's such a libertarian."
Libertarians are nothing more than economic
conservatives (Privatize all government services, end public schools,
screw the poor) who are simply not religious fuck-tards. They can be
anywhere from mainstream christian to atheist, but the only thing they
have in common is that they do not want to pay any taxes for anything,
and they would rather have the government just cater to business.
A typical libertarian is someone who doesn't care about religious or
moral issues, but who wants to eliminate public schools, because
education is "not a right under the constitution", and who wants to
eliminate all government regulations on business, because "businesses
can just police themselves"
In other words, they are amoral sociopaths who don't give a fuck about
humanity, or about using government to build a fair, just, equitable
society that serves all the people equally.
I bought into the whole libertarian thing a while back, but when it
came down to regulations, I realized they had a serious disconnect.
Most of the libertarian literature I've seen, and most of the
libertarians I've talked to believe in "business self-regulation" like
a religion. They seem to think that businesses always have the best
interests of the people in mind, and that we don't need minimum wages,
zoning regulations, safety regulations, or any regulations, because
"the market must be free to go in whatever direction it goes in", "let
workers decide which businesses have the best p...
The political party that believes that the government should only be responsible for protecting citizen's physical property, including their lives.
Everything else is up to the individual and their personal desires/choides, including abortion, gun rights, drug use, gay marriage, charity.
Under a Libertarian governement, none of the above would be regulated nor prohibited, and the companies that would provide those services would be privatized, so that people could enjoy the best services at the lowest prices because companies would want to supply it, since the government wouldn't be funding or supporting them.
In other words, everything is based on the truth and accountability of the individual.
"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."