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Libertarianism is a set of related political philosophies that uphold liberty as the highest political end. Libertarianism puts emphasis on voluntary associations, individual liberty, and political freedom. Libertarianism has grown as a political movement and gained increased support, especially in places like New Hampshire where the Free State Project is located, and Wyoming in the American Redoubt where the Free State Wyoming Project is located.

Libertarianism is a political philosophy that believes in minimizing or entirely eliminating government interventionism in many aspects of life including economic, personal, and in foreign policy matters. Libertarians tend to oppose legal restrictions on social behavior that is considered by many to be immoral. The French term of Laissez-Faire, or let us do, is a term that describes some aspects of the libertarian belief. [1] Libertarianism tends to emphasize a form of individual liberty, and tends to support rights of private property.

Contents

Threats to Liberty

  1. Debt and Taxes
  2. Surveillance and Intrusion
  3. Restrictive Laws and Regulations
  4. Apathy
  5. Libertarians living in defeat

14 Steps to Libertarian Lifestyle

  1. Believe and do as you please (within the law)
  2. Spread your belief by example, never with force
  3. Create independence from the systems by creating alternate systems
  4. Solve your own problems when ever you can
  5. Vote for what you believe in, not who you think can win
  6. Know why you believe what you believe
  7. Accept challenges to what you believe but require facts
  8. Never submit to government authority voluntarily (legally resist)
  9. Create your own systems, your own networks, etc.
  10. Value education and be a self directed learner at all times
  11. Let no man speak for you or put words in your mouth
  12. Accept that others may ignore, demean or attack you
  13. Argue ideas, do not ague the validity of the individual
  14. Remember no matter what anyone says, what you do matters

Voluntary Association

Voluntary association is when a group of individuals enter into an agreement as volunteers to form a body (or organization) to accomplish a purpose

No Crime without a Victim

A crime can only be committed when there is a victim and a particular person committing the crime.

History

The first systematic libertarian was Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), an English political philosopher whose books such as The Man Versus the State (1884) had a major impact in Europe and America in the late 19th century.[2] The chief American representative was Yale professor William Graham Sumner.

Ronald Reagan stated in 1975, "I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism....The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is....Now, I can’t say that I will agree with all the things that the present group who call themselves Libertarians in the sense of a party say, because I think that like in any political movement there are shades, and there are libertarians who are almost over at the point of wanting no government at all or anarchy. I believe there are legitimate government functions. There is a legitimate need in an orderly society for some government to maintain freedom or we will have tyranny by individuals."[3]

Libertarian Philosophy

Libertarianism is best summed up in the Non-Aggression Principle, which states that government (or "private police agencies" in the anarcho-capitalist variant) should only exist to protect life, liberty, and private property from force and fraud.

Libertarianism is closely related to liberalism, if this word is interpreted according to its original meaning of classical liberalism. Libertarians in America tend to be liberal on social issues but conservative on economic issues and liberty issues. Libertarians generally oppose government regulation of drugs, prostitution, and marriage (including bans of same-sex marriage. The Libertarian Party officially supports legalized abortion, however, libertarians themselves are divided on the issue, since government protection from force depends on the personhood of the unborn baby (or fetus). However, libertarians are uniformly opposed to government funding for abortions (such as through Planned Parenthood). Furthermore, they oppose restrictions on pornography. However, they also oppose universal health care (ObamaCare), taxes and the welfare state since it leads to the nanny state and the police state. They are strong supporters of school choice, and oppose continuing the public school system. Some libertarians support school vouchers, while others are skeptical due to the issue of government influence over private education.

Libertarians support an expansive view of liberty as the proper basis for organizing civil society. They tend to define liberty as the freedom to do whatever one wishes up to the point that one's behavior begins to interfere with another's person or property through coercive means. At the point of interference, each party would become subject to certain principled rules for adjudicating disputes, generally accepting that one who has demonstrated a proven lack of respect for the rights of others should be subject to sanctions, including possible constraints on their freedom. They believe that liberty is the right of every individual.

Libertarians generally defend the ideal of freedom from the perspective of how little one is constrained by authority, i.e., how much one is allowed to do (also referred to as negative liberty). This ideal is distinguished from a view of freedom focused on how much one is able to do (also called positive liberty).


Naughty State List

The naughty list of Nanny States was established by polling TSP listeners [4]

Below is the list of gun grabbing Constitution violating, Oath-breaker liberal Democrat elitist[5] [6] states[7]:

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC.

"The East Coast and West Coasts had the most liberal states including Vermont, Massachusetts, Delaware, New York, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Maine, California and New Jersey." [8]


See Also

References

  1. "Libertarians are neither. Unlike Liberals or Conservatives, Libertarians advocate a high degree of both personal and economic liberty. For example, Libertarians advocate freedom in economic matters, so we're in favor of lowering taxes, slashing bureaucratic regulation of business, and charitable -- rather than government -- welfare. But Libertarians are also socially tolerant. We won't demand laws or restrictions on other people who we may not agree because of personal actions or lifestyles. Think of us as a group of people with a "live and let live" mentality and a balanced checkbook." [1]
  2. Chris Matthew Sciabarra, "The First Libertarian," Liberty (Aug 1999) online
  3. see "Inside Ronald Reagan: A Reason Interview" (July 1975)
  4. http://walkingtofreedom.com/forum/index.php?topic=2.0 Accessed March 28, 2014
  5. http://www.rollcall.com/50richest/the-50-richest-members-of-congress-112th-2012.html Accessed March 29, 2014
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_richest_American_politicians Accessed March 29, 2014
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_members_of_the_United_States_Congress_by_wealth Accessed March 29, 2014
  8. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-brie Accessed March 28, 2014


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