What is Libertarian?

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    I just thought I'd throw this one out there for discussion. It's my guess, based on many of the posts around here, that there will be wildly divergent views. I've been associated with libertarian causes, including the Libertarian party since before Ron Paul's first run for president ('88). I even ran for local county offices on the Libertarian ticket a couple of times as a 'paper' candidate ('paper' meaning I was on the ballot but didn't run an active campaign - and frankly had no expectation of winning).

    For me, libertarian ideology is pretty simple. It's about taking the ethos of 'live-and-let-live' seriously. It's about real tolerance and diversity. It's based on the idea that the whole purpose of government is to maximize freedom.
     
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    Sex n drugs n rock n roll.

    Libertarianism is a second cousin to communism by way of anarchism.
     
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    Libertarianism is Personal Freedom at almost any cost.
     
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    Yeah. I was more interested in definitions from people who actually espouse the ideology, rather than those who merely build strawmen. But thank you for playing.
     
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    I think it has something to do with stacking books
     
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    I would agree with that definition.
     
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    You've got good intentions Dblack. I've spent 12 years actively engaged in Libertarian politics and issues. But I've come to conclusion that my focus is going to be on issues, policy and REALITY of American politics -- not the party. Libertarians couldn't manage a bake sale. As evidenced by the decision to waive compulsory dues because that was "too coercive". Or the candidates we vet who think marijuana is an entire platform and not just a plant..

    So all my energy and time and money goes now to Cato, Reason Foundation, and a handful of other policy centers that deal with items like the Dept of Education and Social Security from a PRAGMATIC standpoint. Because Libertarians are too prissy in general to speak to issues that matter to the general public as a party. But we do offer some mighty interesting alternatives to the prescriptions for incremental change in actual policy..
     
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    It's like Fantasy Football...its a good thing to think about but actually doing it is impossible
     

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