We have mentioned numerous times on this blog that we are partial constitutional conservatives and partial libertarians. We have frivolously joked around about calling ourselves “constitutional libertarians”, but we have never actually defined libertarianism on the blog. In this post, I hope to inform you about libertarianism, its implications, and more.
In short, libertarians want the government off their backs and out of their lives. “Libertarianism is a collection of political philosophies that uphold liberty. Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association, and the primacy of individual judgment” (Wikipedia). Many libertarians are economically conservative and socially libertarian/liberal. They tend to oppose government regulations, and they almost always desire a thriving free market and a capitalistic society. They greatly value individual freedom and liberty, and they want to have minimal government and state intervention as well. As economic conservatives, they desire to have minimal government spending, and some libertarians oppose taxation altogether. Finally, most libertarians are proponents of non-interventionism, which is defined as, “a foreign policy that holds that political rulers should avoid alliances with other nations but still retain diplomacy and avoid all wars unless related to direct self-defense” (Wikipedia).
In regards to social issues, libertarians favor individual rights above all. They are generally for the legalization and decriminalization of most (if not all) drugs, arguing that the war on drugs has done more harm than good. They generally support the equal rights of gay and lesbian marriages and are often pro-choice. However, a good portion of libertarians are pro-life, arguing that the rights of the human in the womb are of utmost importance. You can read our stance and reasoning on the issue of abortion here:
“As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.” (Libertarian.org) Lastly, they are usually skeptical of all authority.
Overall, libertarians hold many controversial, yet usually reasonable, views. We hope to cover more involving this topic in future posts as well.
Author: Joe Schmid
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“Libertarianism.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism>.
“Platform.” Libertarian Party. Libertarian Party, n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2016. <https://www.lp.org/platform>.
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