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Derived from the wordliberty,” 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.
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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.
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Liberals who are gun lovers and hate poor people. They are economicaly conservative and socialy liberal.
"John used to be a liberal, but now he is a NRA nutjob, he's such a libertarian."

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(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
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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...
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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.
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SOmeone who believes in maximum individual rights, and minimizing the role of the state.
Libertarians want more freedom!
by Elliott G. June 06, 2005
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