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.
by Shiva, Kali, Tsects, Fulgora March 17, 2013
(Noun) An Individual who supports liberty.

Libertarians advocate:

• Personal freedom
• Economic freedom
• Non-interventionist foreign policy
• Robust national defense
• Tolerance of others’ personal choices
• Respect of others’ property rights
• Civil liberties and privacy
• Individual right to keep and bear arms
• Separation of church and state
• Giving generously to help those in need (e.g. private charities)
• Ending corporate welfare
• Advancement based on individual liberty
• The non-aggression principle
"Balance the federal budget now, not 15 years from now, not 20 years from now, but now. And throw out the entire federal tax system, replace it with a fair tax, a consumption tax, that by all measurements is just that. It's fair." - Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election
by AMBIDDY-1 March 18, 2013
Libertarians support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence.
Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.
by AMBIDDY-1 January 04, 2013
The only word you could possibly use when asked what your political affiliations are without making yourself look like a retard
I dont agree with Rand Paul but when someone asks me if I am a liberal I want to give them mouth to mouth only to throw up inside of their mouth. "libertarian's for life?"
by moshowBG December 29, 2012
Derived from the word “liberty,” a Libertarian is someone who advocates individual liberties.
Libertarians believe that individuals have the right to make their own choices, as long as it doesn’t harm oneself or other people. Libertarians generally believe in having a small, de-centralized form of government with limited taxation to give the people reign over his or her activities. These types of individuals usually regard issues such as health care, education, etc., as the responsibility of the individual and not of the state. Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are well known Libertarians.
by AMBIDDY-1 December 10, 2012
A person who eats liberals.
Gary Johnson is a libertarian, he is in custody for the attempt to consume Newt Gingrich, his favorite lunchtime snack.
by lsjfownmc35 August 21, 2012
Literaly "one who supports freedom"

Common Uses:

1. First recorded use in medieval theological debates to mean someone who believed in human free will.

2. First political usage in 19th century france as a euphemism for anarchist when anarchist publications were banned.

3. Used since the mid 19th century onwards to diferentiate their proposed economic systems from those of classic socialists (ie libertarian communism, libertarian socialism etc). Worldwide this remains the most common use today.

4. Used since the mid-late 20th century to describe an extreme proponent of the free market. This use is almost unheard of outside the united states and canada.
It's real strange how these american radical capitalists use the word libertarian, seeing as how in the rest of the world it is usually followed by the word communist
by slothboy October 14, 2006

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