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Libertarianism

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Libertarianism is a classification of political philosophies that uphold liberty as their principal focus and objective. They seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association and the primacy of individual judgment. While libertarians share a skepticism of authority, they diverge on the scope of their opposition to existing political and economic systems. Various schools of libertarian thought offer a range of views regarding the legitimate functions of state and private power, often calling to restrict or even to wholly dissolve pervasive social institutions. Rather than embodying a singular, rigid systematic theory or ideology, libertarianism has been applied as an umbrella term to a wide range of sometimes discordant political ideas through modern history.

Although some present-day libertarians advocate laissez-faire capitalism and strong private property rights, such as in land, infrastructure and natural resources, others, notably libertarian socialists, seek to abolish capitalism and private ownership of the means of production in favor of their common or cooperative ownership and management. While minarchists believe a limited centralized government is necessary to protect individuals and their property from certain transgressions, anarchists propose to completely eliminate the state as an illegitimate political system.

The term libertarianism originally referred to a philosophical belief in free will but later became associated with anti-state socialism and Enlightenment-influenced political movements critical of institutional authority believed to serve forms of social domination and injustice. While it has generally retained its earlier political usage as a synonym for either social or individualist anarchism through much of the world, in the United States it has since come to describe pro-capitalist economic liberalism more so than radical, anti-capitalist egalitarianism. In the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, libertarianism is defined as the moral view that agents initially fully own themselves and have certain moral powers to acquire property rights in external things. As individualist opponents of social liberalism embraced the label and distanced themselves from the word liberal, American writers, political parties and think tanks adopted the word libertarian to describe advocacy of capitalist free market economics and a night-watchman state.

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img Dev Achmed posted a review

It seems Libertarians are mostly interested in being edgy contrarians who let perfect be the enemy of really good.

The only reason there was a surge of libertarianism is because of the Paul family. But libertarians even take the opportunity to virtue-signal against them for arbitrary reasons.

The State as an institution is part of humanity and not going away anytime soon. You either need to make your own State of like-minded people. Or you have to take over an existing one. You can't pretend it shouldn't exist and not willing to compromise on your beliefs.

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img Sohail Ahmed posted a review

For the last 18 months it seems the only thing the LP has been passionate about is drugs, homosexuality, and immigrants.

I'm convinced that even if libertarians managed to get their own nation/state, they wouldn't be able to preserve it for one generation by being a bunch of libertine degenerates along with welcoming untold numbers of people into their society with no standards.

3 weeks ago
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img Mark Henry posted a review

Libertarians trying to say that Hillary should've gone to prison for having classified information on an unsecured private server but also believe that Chelsea Manning is a hero for releasing 700,000 classified documents intentionally.

on May 23, 2017
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img Ian Da Silva posted a review

While all a leftist has to do is put faith in politicians to centrally plan society and confiscate wealth from others.

on May 14, 2017
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img Mark Henry posted a review

I mean Milo ain't perfect but..... cmon people

on February 20, 2017

Je$$e Radin Poorly written and wrong.

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img Ian Da Silva posted a review

The person on the left is the one who supports tyranny. The helicopter is just acting defensively when threatened with violence. (satire)

on May 12, 2017
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img Mark Henry posted a review

The two main arguments for having an open immigration policy are generally the following: it's healthy for the free market/consumers to have access to a wide variety of labour, especially when it's cheaper. The other being that people have a natural right to move to where they feel necessary.

I understand and agree with both of these concepts.

However in our private lives, we all have standards of who is welcome onto our property. This concept can also apply to a society. There is nothing wrong with having standards of who is welcome.

Libertarians and their party were supportive in wanting the U.S. and E.U to welcome in potentially unlimited amounts of refugees/migrants from the Middle East. Even despite hostile terror groups using this to carry out gruesome terrorist attacks in revenge for the destabilization of their homeland. And despite the fact that Islam has a hard time assimilating into western culture.

On top of this, Libertarians advocate for potentially unlimited amounts of people to migrate into a society while a massive wellfare state is in place. This seems counter-intuitive and even self-destructive.

Libertarians choosing not to compromise and be practical with immigration in our political reality hurt them in 2016. They should have put more emphasis on eliminating the welfare state instead of open-immigration.

on April 19, 2017
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img Mark Henry posted a review

It's no wonder few people identify as such when any deviation from the 'non-aggression principle' or Austrian economics gets someone derided as "not a real libertarian."

Lots of would-be libertarians just don't want to deal with, or be associated with, the purist nonsense.

on April 14, 2017
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img Sid Poduval posted a review

The best strategy right now is to work on helping a new generation of thinkers grow up resisting more government overreach. We can't talk about shrinking the government until it stops growing, and eliminating it might be centuries away or even impossible.

But principles are guiding lights, not necessarily achievable. We strive for a better world, and that's what matters.

on March 21, 2017
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I've spent 5+ years with libertarians and they have achieved almost nothing politically significant
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