Need some good answers to “What does it mean to be a Libertarian?”
“Liberals and conservatives both believe the government should force peaceful people, at gunpoint if necessary, to live the way *they* think they should. Libertarians are against this. [Libertarians] think people should be free to do as they wish with their lives and property, as long as they aren’t harming anyone else.”
- Libertarianism is the combination of liberty (the freedom to live your life in any peaceful way you choose), responsibility (the prohibition against the use of force against others, except in defense), and tolerance (honoring and respecting the peaceful choices of others).
- Libertarians believe you should be free to do as you choose with your own life and property, as long as you don’t harm the person and property of others.
- Libertarians believe that each person owns his own life and property, and has the right to make his own choices as to how he lives his life – as long as he simply respects the same right of others to do the same.
- Libertarianism is, as the name implies, the belief in liberty.
- Libertarians strive for the best of all worlds – a free, peaceful, abundant world where each individual has the maximum opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and to realize his full potential.
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