Defining the Libertarian

Posted by admin | Uncategorized | Friday 5 June 2009 7:26 pm

defininglibertarianBecause my own ability to define what I define myself as is constantly in need of a new definition, I loosely say, as many do, that Libertarians are “conservative fiscally and liberal socially.”

To give specific examples, Gay marriage should be legal because making it illegal impinges the civil liberties of a certain segment of the population, while those wishing to conserve historically accepted social norms look to maintain standard practices.

Bailouts for poorly run companies should not happen as it is not the government’s job to promote products that people don’t want, like Chryslers, or pad the wallets of executives. However, this view might be countered by social reformers looking to throw money at a problem in the hopes to prevent loss of jobs thereby making a larger government more responsible for individual lives and spending truckloads of taxpayer money.

But as I said, I am always looking for new definitions. This is because, being a Libertarian and viewing the word through a watered down lens is not necessarily the best way to adhere to a dense political belief system.

So I am going to do a little research and homework to know more about my own party and maybe re-examine why it is right for me. The research, in this case, is to read. I have taken a few suggestions from other like-minded readers and I have come down to two books. One is the considered by some to be one of the greatest 100 books of all-time, Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater. The other is The Revolution by Ron Paul.

It should be noted that both authors are considered conservative, by most standards. I will address this misconception in another future article. However, for the moment, will focus on these two books to help define what it is to be a Libertarian.

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