What is “Libertarian”?

Nigel Ashford,

Release Date
April 9, 2015



Are we living in the “libertarian moment”? What is a libertarian, anyway?
With prominent libertarian figures like Ron Paul, John Stossel, Penn Jillette, and even Ron Swanson, and libertarian-leaning figures like Rand Paul, now is the time to answer: what is libertarianism? And what does it mean to be libertarian?
Libertarians believe a lot of things that might seem counterintuitive to the traditional labels of “liberal” or “conservative”. Libertarians are for both gay rights and gun rights, and are against both drone wars and drugs wars. But these ideas aren’t new— they’re part of a long tradition called classical liberalism. Starting with political philosophers and economists like John Locke and Adam Smith, continuing with economists like Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek, and carried on today by modern classical liberals: libertarians.
Join Professor Nigel Ashford in Learn Liberty’s On Demand program, “What is Libertarian”, to learn more about who libertarians are, what they believe, and the evolution of their intellectual tradition.

What is “Libertarian”? (On Demand Program): Dr. Nigel Ashford explains the origins, basic tenets and philosophies of classical liberalism in eight engaging videos.

Speaker 1: It’s been described as the “Libertarian Moment.” The media and political pundits are trying to understand a new surging political movement, capturing the hearts and minds of a younger generation.
Who are libertarians and what do they believe? Well, libertarianism isn’t new. It didn’t just start with Ron Paul. These days they are known as fighters for gay rights and gun rights and as opponents of drone wars and drug wars, but all are part of a centuries-long tradition of intellectual thought supporting individual rights and limited government called “classical liberalism.”
Join Dr. Nigel Ashford for a Learn Liberty On Demand Program to answer the question what is libertarian. He’ll explore the fundamentals of classical liberalism, the different schools of thought like the Austrian and Chicago School and the ideas of great thinkers like John Locke, Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, and Friedrich Hayek.
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