What is a Libertarian (short answer)
A libertarian (small l ) is philosophically opposed to initiating force. One may only use force for defense. A libertarian thinks only individuals make choices and that individuals are responsible for their actions. A political Libertarian extends to his government the prohibition against initiating force, neither aggression against outside entities nor force against its people. It may only use force to defend the rights of its people. Consistent with these principles, Libertarians oppose government interference in any interaction involving consenting adults.
The inherent rights of each individual should never be subservient to any vision of a better society. When everyone is free to live in one’s own way, the result is a very successful society. Just partial adherence to the inspiring Libertarian principles in the Declaration of Independence has produced a society with great individual freedom and great wealth.
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