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September 15, 2009

Libertarianism Explained

by Doug Mataconis

From Coyote Blog:

Democrats: The people in power can’t be trusted.  You need to remove them and put our guys in charge

Republicans: The people in power can’t be trusted.  You need to remove them and put our guys in charge

libertarians: People in power can’t be trusted.  You need to remove their power and be in charge of your own damn self

Yep, that about sums it up.

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  • Alex

    I like that –of course– but why are libertarian always part of the republican party? Are you willing to sacrifice 50% of your beliefs? Wouldn’t it be the time to have a real 3rd party in this country? I like libertarian principle a lot but I’m not willing to vote for religious nuts.

  • http://qwertyaltofuori.blogspot.com Red

    After this last election I think we’ll are seeing and will continue to witness more of a libertarian presence from now on.

  • http://www.nathankey.com Nathan

    @Alex, Libertarians are almost always part of the Libertarian Party: http://www.lp.org

    People with libertarian ideals are often part of the Democrat or Republican party because they either A) haven’t heard of the Libertarian Party or B) have been brainwashed into believing that voting for a 3rd party means throwing your vote away or C) are choosing to work within the two big parties because they want to restore some of the original ideals that were there to begin with.

  • http://endecast.blogspot.com ende

    @Nathan, Many libertarians also register as Independent (especially if, like in DC, there is no local LP). Libertarianism was once welcomed, even championed within the Republican Big Tent. Those days are gone. We are now part of the larger political homeless.

    Perhaps we can hope to form a ‘Third Tent’ from libertarian-minded individuals among both Republicans and Democrats, as well as Independents and big-L Libertarians.

  • http://www.inevitablezombieapocalypse.com Cory Casciato

    Sure. Until Libertarians actually get into power.

  • Tubby

    This is so far from the central tenet of libertarianism it’s sad. Libertarianism is based on the idea of non-aggression, and being free to do as you wish, as long as your actions do not harm others or infringe on their rights

  • http://www.orderhotlunch.com Jeff Molby

    Cory,

    Sure. Until Libertarians actually get into power.

    If any “Libertarian” gets into power and proceeds to increase the size and scope of government, he is, by definition, a double-agent, and I’ll join you in voting his ass out. Hell, I won’t even wait that long… I’ll sign your referendum petition.

    Most parties have an “our guy, right or wrong” mentality. If anything, libertarians go too far in the opposite direction. Our own are tasty and we love eating them.

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