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.
There's no such thing as society, there are only individuals.
Self-interest trumps ideology.
Liberals are liars and conservatives are cowards.
However, Libertarianism has recently has been bastardized by teenage punks who want to seem cool.
Libertarian: That's great! So are we still on for tonight?
Punk: Oh, I can't. I have to stop by the welfare office.
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 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.