What are the differences between libertarians and conservatives?

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    The issue came up in another thread. I thought it deserved it's own.
     
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    fiscal responsibility and staying out of people's personal issues.
     
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    Nothing until you try to pin them down in a debate. Sure they have a lot of reasons for this and that but the main advantage to being a libertarian is to never have to make excuses for the people you elect, you can simply disown them as something else and presto, clean conscience.
     
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    Not much. Something like the difference between liberals and socialists.
     
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    Well not all libertarians are created equal, so to speak, and it's the same for conservatives as well. I mean we can see the difference between conservatives like Pat Buchanan and Rick Santorum, for example. Generally speaking, however, conservatives believe that government can be a productive tool in shaping society, whereas libertarians believe that the only way governments can shape society is through the initiation of force against individuals and reject it as such. That may be too simplistic, and may not be necessarily fair to conservatives, but it's a possible starting point.
     
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    This is nonsense.
     
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    To whom does this attribute belong?

    Clearly not conservative.
     
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    Libertarians want to legalize all drugs. Conservatives don't.

    Libertarians don't like warrantless wiretaps. Conservatives love them.

    Libertarians believe waterboarding is torture. Conservatives believe waterboarding is "enhanced interrogation".

    Need more?
     
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    Libertarians want a small government. Conservatives want a smaller government.

    Libertarians want to end the Fed. Conservatives want unregulated banking.

    Libertarians want to shrink the military down to the size of a cub scout troop. Conservatives want to grow the military to that worthy of an Empire.

    Libertarians believe the 16th Amendment is unconstitutional. Conservatives believe the rich pay too much tax.

    Libertarians believe the NDAA is unconstitutional. Conservatives believe George Soros belongs in Gitmo.

    Need more? :lol:
     
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    Conservatives believe in sensible environmental regulation. Libertarians believe unregulated factory owners would scrub their emissions and not dump toxic waste in vacant lots.

    Conservatives do not believe pharmaceutical companies gouge consumers. Libertarians believe the FDA murders people.

    Conservatives believe guns don't kill people, people do. Libertarians believe you should be allowed to own your own tank and missiles.

    Conservatives believe only straight people should get government cash and prizes for being married. Libertarians believe government should not give any cash and prizes for being married.

    Conservatives do not believe in the minimum wage. Libertarians do not believe in child labor laws.

    Need more? :tongue::tongue:
     

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