What It Means to Be A Libertarian

What does it mean to be a libertarian? According to Dr. Jeffrey Miron, libertarians have  respect for individual decisions. Libertarians are different from  Republicans and Democrats, because both of those groups attempt to use government to advance their ideas of how people should act or behave, while libertarians think that individuals should be able to live their own lives as they see fit.


  1. fred

    Anybody here read any books by Jeff Miron?

  2. citizen1111

    It might be better to say that it is concentration of power, aligned against individual liberty, that is opposed by libertarians, not just government.

  3. mikeknightofdawn

    To allow people to act freely apart from harming others is a great virtue. We get to choose how we live our lives insofar as it does not infringe on the rights of others.

    One problem with trying to enact policy incrementally with this view in mind is that we’ve gone down so many rabbit holes with social and corporate welfare programs so much so that some would even go so far as to say that by altering welfare problems, that someone would be causing harm to those who depend on these programs.

    The problem with that line of reasoning is that in order to fund the programs in the first place, government must first take from others to provide the aid. If we say that it is okay to steal from many to provide for some (so as to not cause them harm), then there is little ground from which to speak. We must be united in fighting the coercive sources of funding for government (in totally nonviolent ways), in doing that, the house of cards soon follows.

  4. Damian Robinson

    I’m a libertarian and most portions don’t know what that is.

    This video explains it much better than I can.
  5. taschrant

    Also, as long as those individuals live their own lives at the expense of themselves.

  6. libertyiowa

    I think you make an important distinction. Big business may not be any better for individual freedom than big government is. Any entity that acts to impose its view by force (be it threat of violence or economic corrosion) over the individual’s choice should be opposed.  

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