• 'Libertarian' is Not Just a Political Party

March 30, 2019 1 Comment

When you say you're "Libertarian," the average person, if they talk to you at all, will usually mention 'The Libertarian Party' or 'Gary Johnson' etc.

The Libertarian Party is a political party that encompasses much of the Libertarian ethos, but the fact is that the term 'Libertarian' only describes various philosophies that encompass freedom and liberty at its core. 

There's no direct correlation with the term Libertarian to the Libertarian Party; Libertarian and Libertarian Party are not synonymous. 

In short, you don't have to be registered with the Libertarian Party in order to be 'Libertarian'. 

The political spectrum, in my opinion, is comprised of two components: Libertarian and Authoritarian. These are usually coupled with the economic spectrum to form the resulting diagram.

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The key element to Libertarian ethos is analyzing political or economic issues and contemplating what actions or inaction should ensue to result in the maximum amount of freedom. 

This is where things become complicated. There are no canonized, official or centrally agreed upon Libertarian philosophy. 

If there were scriptures for Libertarianism, then it wouldn't be a set of philosophies; it would be a religion, and Libertarianism is not a religion.

Libertarianism is more of a mind-set. 

Libertarian philosophies are conceptualized through the core principle of maximum liberty, however, what constitutes liberty is often highly contested-- this is why there is ample debate within the Libertarian "camp".

This debate is a good thing. We're witnessing human, intellectual evolution in real time. 

The fact is that no one on this planet has it all figured out. It is likely that there is no definitive answer. 

The quest to assemble a perfectly functioning political ideology is equivalent, in difficulty, to physicists mapping out a working unified field theory.

Overall, even though we may all have different conclusions on what defines Libertarian, the unifying concept is liberty and freedom. 

So, if you're someone who believes that people should live as free as humanly possible, you may already be a 'Libertarian'.

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1 Response

Ryan Roman
Ryan Roman

May 24, 2019

I describe myself as a libertarian with a lower case l. Does that make sense?

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