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.
Traditionally used to differentiate coercive Statist forms (authoritarian) of socialism from cooperative anarchist forms (libertarian). Adopted by the right-wing in the early 1900s to describe an extremist capitalist philosophy, who now try claim to have exclusive use of the term and ignore its roots.
While the real libertarians try to destroy all forms of domination, control and power, the other libertarians are plotting how to get it.
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.
Literaly "one who supports freedom"
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
A libertarian is someone who believes wholeheartedly in the rights and freedoms of all people, so long as those rights and freedoms don't cost the libertarian a dime or inconvenience him in any way.
Get your crippo ass up those stairs yourself, cos my tax dollars ain't paying for no ramp. I'm a libertarian.
Someone who takes care of a library and helps people find books.
Dude 1:The new school libertarian is awesome!
Dude 2: Uhh... don't you mean librarian?
Dude 1: Oh, yeah of course.
a person who thinks that they have all the answers to the US government. In actuality their ideas would cripple the US, ans we would never be able to be part of the world economy again. libertarians believe there should be no taxes, which would end the government and structure and economy of the United States
also, they support vouchers, giving money to kids to go to private schools. if there is the money to send these kids to private schools, why not use that money to improve the public schools?
Libertarians crippled California's education system by pushing through prop 13