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Libertarian Definition - Define Libertarian

Updated on September 29, 2010

What Is a Libertarian?

If I had to define the Libertarian party in one sentence, this is what I would say. Libertarians believe that government should be as small as possible. In a nutshell, that is pretty much it. The Libertarian bumper sticker to the right also sums up the Libertarian Party perfectly- Pro-choice about everything. Libertarians are strong proponents for personal liberty for every individual. "Live and let live" could be the Libertarian creed. Libertarians are active in every state in the United States. They are the third largest political party in the USA.

I can't say if the Libertarian Party had good or bad ideas. That is something for each individual to decide. Read the following about the Libertarian Party platform and see if joining the Libertarian Party is right for you.

History of the Libertarian Party Video

Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Election

Ron Paul's 1988 Run for President as a Libertarian

John Stossel Speaks About Being a Libertarian

Basics of the Libertarian Party Platform

Here are some of the cornerstones of the Libertarian party platform:

Libertarians support eliminating the federal income tax.

Libertarians firmly believe in civil rights legislation. They actively promote freedom of speech, gay rights, and privacy laws.

Libertarians believe in the right for a woman to have an abortion. Less liberal Libertarians don't support abortion personally. However, they don't believe that the federal government should have the right to forbid abortions.

Libertarians propose a free market, with the federal government not enforcing any trade regulations.

Libertarians wants many laws taken off the books. These are laws that Libertarians refer to as "victimless crimes". Examples are laws calling the following actions illegal: using drugs, driving without a seatbelt or helmet, and prostitution.

Libertarians are strong supporters of the right to own a gun. Not only that, but Libertarians believe strongly in the right to self-defense, including other means such as pepper spray or other personal defense weapons.

Libertarians support free trade.

Libertarians want all government-funded social programs ended. This includes programs like welfare and federally funded housing. They believe that these programs like welfare and Social Security should become privatized.

Libertarians want a hard currency, backed by gold. They want the budget balanced and the federal government to be fiscally responsible.

Libertarians believe in strategic independence. This means that the Libertarian party doesn't support becoming involved in any wars that aren't purely self-defense and protecting our boundaries.

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      Megan Sisko 5 years ago from SW Florida

      I love the "Pro-Choice about everything" It's so true!

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      Laurel Rogers 5 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Fascinating, Angela. This is a concise and informative article I am happy to have read. My only issue is with the privatization of social programs-not sure how that would come about considering the economy.


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      Roy Campbell 6 years ago

      love it

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      Gene J. 6 years ago from Ireland

      Great hub. I'd commend to your readers the works of Murray Rothbard (especially "The Ethics of Liberty") and Hans Herman Hoppe (see his "Democracy: The God That Failed").

      Liberty is widely misunderstood, and its opponents caricature freedom as "the freedom to starve"-- in other words we need a nanny state to protect us from ourselves. The answer is to get a strong philosophical grounding in what liberty really means. Rothbard, Hoppe and Co. are a great place to start.

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      kennong 6 years ago

      For information on world Libertarians and programs, see

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      Jak 6 years ago

      Wonder why there has never been a libertarian government in the history of the world? When I think of what that government and its world might be, I think of the movie: BLADERUNNER

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      shazz01109 8 years ago from Western Massachusetts

      Good info! I wish I had seen this sooner. I think that the 2 major Parties have become tired and predictable.

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      finalremark 8 years ago

      I'm definitely a libertarian by beliefs, I think the problem is that most people don't understand their platform and assume they are far more radical than they are... and the fact that in the USA it's nearly impossible for a third party candidate to realistically have a chance.

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      PJ_Deneen 9 years ago

      Great Hub. I'm Libertarian leaning myself.

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      ahmu 9 years ago

      very interesting topic i like it

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      Roberta Kyle 9 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Very interesting--I've never really known what the platform of the Libertarian party was and this hub told me a lot. Hmmmmm just thinking that today Elliott Spitzer must wish that prostitution was not a crime LOL. Thanks for a well organized, meaty hub--great videos too.