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Libertarianism is a political philosophy which, in short, strongly favors the concept of individualism. Generally, libertarians feel that the government should be as small as possible, where both social and economic issues are concerned, and are therefore generally thought of as fiscal conservatives and social liberals. In modern society, libertarians most often register the Republican Party, given that economics generally take precedence over social debates and that the Republican Party is more fiscally conservative than the Democratic. However, libertarians have, in fact, formed their own party, known as the Libertarian Party. Libertarianism, in America, is most opposed by populism and authoritarianism, which favor much larger government.
On the Issues Edit
Civil Rights Edit
- Leave your morals at the door and be tolerant
- Understands that all citizens, regardless of race or sexuality, deserve equal rights, including marriage
- We've wronged the Indians; make amends.
- Who is the government to tell a woman what she can do with her body?
- Cut taxes and spending
- Abolish the income tax
- Abolish the IRS
- Pass a "balanced budget amendment"
- Promote the freedom of the market-place
- Privatize social security
- Cut welfare
- Unions are acceptable, but it's not ethical to force somebody to join a union; they must have a choice
- Keep government out of education
- Parents should choose where their child attends school via the voucher system
- Hold those who destroy the environment accountable for their actions
- Government needs to be kept out of the production of energy
Foreign Policy Edit
- Mind our own business overseas
- Shame tyrants across the globe
- We have no right to restrict immigration
- Cut defense spending in half
- People are overseas dying for no good reason; bring them home
- Defend the safety of humanity. Destroy all nuclear weapons
Gun control Edit
- No gun control whatsoever.
Health Care Edit
- Health care and government are two separate entities
- Supports free market health care
Libertarianism existed long before the United States did. Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher who lived in the 6th century B.C., is considered to be a libertarian, given that he advised against large government in the Tao Te Ching.