One who believes that drugs are okay in the sense that it shouldn't be the only thing people worry about. They also believe that americans need rights such as protecting themselves. They also believe there should be minimal gov't and that the police should be used for violent crimes that effect the people of the US. Using drugs only hurts the users, however, if it effects other people, the users will go to jail for assault, rape, murders etc.
Ron Paul can be considered a libertarian.
by Kk112233 June 22, 2011
A person who very strongly believes in principle of 'no INITIATION of force is allowed', with government being included in the most frequent initiators of force, i.e. abusers.

Libertarians typically view government as a source of fraud, economic waste, political insanity, cronyism and legally created monopolies, as opposed to the body delivering important social services (see statists). Many libertarians believe that government per se, as such, costs people more than its non-existence.

Libertarians divide mainly into minarchists (proponents of minimum government) and anarchists (proponents of no government).

Minarchists want government to be protector 'against force and fraud'. Anarchists want reliance on other social mechanisms, such as local community, common law, and free market for defence against such.

There is an important difference between classical liberals and liberatarians: libertarians advocate free market for reasons related to individual rights, while classical liberals advocate free market for social utility.

Notable examples of anarchist libertarians are David D. Friedman, professor of law, and Vernon Vinge, mathematician and scifi writer.
Libertarians believe government is monopoly of force serving the monopolists and politically connected VIPs, not the people.

There's no such thing as society, there are only individuals.

Self-interest trumps ideology.

Liberals are liars and conservatives are cowards.
by mrkafk February 25, 2006
A political ideology of minimal government and maximum individual rights. Libertarians stress that the government is only in place to protect the individual's rights, and not to make choices for them.

However, Libertarianism has recently has been bastardized by teenage punks who want to seem cool.
Libertarian: Where do you stand politically?

Punk: Libertarian!

Libertarian: That's great! So are we still on for tonight?

Punk: Oh, I can't. I have to stop by the welfare office.
by JS. April 27, 2008
1. A person supporting (on a personal level) greater personal freedom than government control, in non- economical ways.
2. A person who may be either liberal or conservative, but cannot be statist (in support of fascism or dictatorship.)
3. A person who enjoys, and is willing to fight for, their personal freedoms.
4. One who thinks that George Bushes ideals are negative.
"George Washington was libertarian."
"George Bush may be fiscally conservative, but socially he's no libertarian."
"If all Americans were libertarian, crime would fall, there would be peace, and people would no longer need to fear a government which- like the one from 2000- 20??- is oppressive of people's rights.
by Thomas W November 29, 2007
1. A person who wants to downsize government, and government control over the lives of citizens.

2. Philosophically, a person who advocates an ideal balance between freedom and responsibility.

3. A person who believes that "stupidity should be painful", and that painfulness is the surest remedy to rid the world of stupid people -- who will either cease to be stupid, or simply cease to be.
I am a libertarian. I am pro-choice. I am counter-feminist. I am pro-hemp. I am against the war on drugs. I am against political correctness. I am atheist. I insist on the separation of church and state. I think that capitalism is a dangerous servant and a fearful master, but indispensable to life just like fire, and like fire must be closely watched and contained --NOT by government, but by deeply embedded cultural sanctions. ( Ahem! home-school your children well!)

I am also very, very "green", since one planet is all we get, folks!
Some libertarians out there might not agree with all of the above....
by fidelbogen October 05, 2004
Someone who believes they are entitled to the fruits of their own labor.
Who is John Galt? A Libertarian.
by John.Galt August 23, 2010
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