Libertarianism boils down to two simple questions:

1) What does it mean to have liberty?

2) How do we, as a society, implement liberty in our daily lives?
Libertarians believe that people should be free to do whatever they want just as long as they do not hurt other people. For instance, if someone is minding their own business while smoking weed in their car or in their backyard, most libertarians will argue that he or she should be left alone. If the individual is truly sovereign, then they should be able to put whatever they want into their own body. For it is the individual who owns their body, not the state. Libertarians, such as the Libertarian Party, believe in "minimum government, maximum freedom"; while libertarians, such as the anarcho-capitalists wish to abolish the state. For this reason, people tend to stereotype all libertarians as anarchists. Libertarianism is a very broad political philosophy. One doesn't need to be a member of the party to be a libertarian, nor do they need to be an anarcho-capitalist. Finally, they do recognize the potential dangers of large corporations. They are pro-free market; not pro-corporation. They're also not made up of "wealthy individuals." This is also a generalization. They could come from a poor background, a middle class background, or a wealthy background. Libertarians believe everything should be voluntary.
by Liberty for All! September 29, 2013
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
The only people in this country with common sense.

The Libertarian platform is this-
"We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose."
That means that abortion, gay marriage, gun rights, property rights, etc., etc. would not be regulated or prohibited. Robbery, murder, vandalism, arson, etc. would still be punishable by law.
Libertarians are tolerant and sensible.
by JuliaNicole January 19, 2010
SOmeone who believes in maximum individual rights, and minimizing the role of the state.
Libertarians want more freedom!
by Elliott G. June 06, 2005
The party the other controlling party (the government) doesn't want America's people to know about. Why do you think you NEVER hear any truth in the media about them? The sheeple think there are two parties but there's really only one with 2 faces and no real differences. The only freedom endording party is the Libertarian Party. ONLY libertarianism promotes the identical government this country was created under. Most Americans are brainwashed that this government program or another is going to help them and at best it helps them live in poverty. Which govt. program wouldn't you trade for never again having to pay income taxes? Why didn't we notice our freedoms being stolen? Listen to my man James.
Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
James Madison
by Radracer April 23, 2005
1. (n.) One who believes that the ultimate good in a political system is to keep government regulation at an absolute minimum, particularly by eliminating laws based on their validity (or lack thereof) within a free society.

2. (n.) A member of the U.S. political party of the same name.

3. (adj.) the state of adhering to the principle of libertarian politics. "This bill is based on libertarian values."
Libertarians contrast with the Republican and Democratic parties because the libertarian belief is that government should be minimized or eliminated in all areas, even those that they don't personally support, while other political parties tend to promote freedom in some issues but government control in others. While the Democratic party believes in freedom for matters of recreational drug use and the Republican party believes in the freedom to own guns, libertarians are typically against regulation for both issues.

Libertarians themselves do not all necessarily share equal standards for personal behavior (though some may be common), as their philosophy is based almost entirely on knowing when something isn't anybody else's business. For example, many do not think recreational drug use is a good idea, but do not want to enact laws making that choice for others.
by ed July 25, 2004
Unlike Democrats and Republicans, Libertarians support the CONSTITUTION.

There are three types of Libertarians:
anarcho-capitalists (very small % of the party): Private enterprise should provide all government functions including
military defense and police protection.

minarchists: Government should be very small. As in just a police force and a military. Maybe roads.

Constitutionalists (like me): Article I, Section 8 of the Cosntitution means what it means. The federal government should follow this document...not ignore it. The Constitution isn't just a good idea...it's the law.

All Libertarians are not drug-using, machine gun toting, public school privatizing anarchists...some of us just want medical marijuana, sensible gun control (no nuclear weapons) and school vouchers...
by Ringo Starr April 01, 2006

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