April 23, 2013 by Liberty
In the last few years, Republicans have consistently been associated with Libertarians. This comes from a number of major Republican names supporting Libertarianism (at least claiming to support it.) This might give people the mistaken impression that being a Libertarian in just another form of being a Republican.
Libertarians are not Democrats or Republicans.
The general belief is that Democrats support social liberty, Republicans support economic liberty, and Libertarians support both Liberties. That’s the typical way that people define Libertarianism when compared to being a Democrats and Republicans.
There is a better way to define the difference between Libertarian vs Democrat vs Republican.
Democrats and Republicans both support government action.
They believe that the government is capable of solving just about every problem possible by taking tax payer money.
Just like Democrats and Republicans, there are different levels of Libertarianism. Some believe that government should just stop growing while others believe it needs to be cut dramatically.
Libertarianism builds itself around the non-aggression principle. Government is a form of aggression. That’s because the only way that government can do anything is through threats of prison or attack. (Most people only pay their taxes because they’re threatened to.) Government can’t actually produce value. It can only take it.
Libertarian cannot be categorized with Republicans or Democrats. The political differences between the three parties are large but Republican’s and Democrats are significantly more like each other than like Libertarianism. Libertarianism is opposed to both forms of political leadership.
While many politicians and political commentators may be using the Libertarian label these days, the majority of them can only be loosely (very loosely) defined as Libertarian. The only Libertarian that has even skimmed the surface of major national politics is Ron Paul. (Even Rand Paul isn’t a Libertarian.) While Ron Paul may have ran as a Republican a few years back, his political opinions were sharply contrasted to the mainstream Republican opinion.
That’s because Libertarianism is nothing like the two other political parties.
When Libertarians Are Heard From
The only time that Libertarianism is mentioned by Republicans or Democrats is when it’s beneficial for that political party. Back in the anti-war movement of the 2000’s, the Democrats weren’t against the Libertarians that were also anti-war but as soon as Libertarians start discussing economic freedoms, they look like Republicans.
This makes the Libertarian name just bounce back and forth between the two political parties as they need it but the true essence of Libertarianism is not in the political system at all.
Where you can find Libertarians?
Libertarians are everywhere. They are the ones that are disenchanted by government. They are the ones that don’t vote because they know it won’t help. Sometimes, they are the anarchists (after they decide libertarianism is just a half measure.) The vast majority of the American population is a Libertarian by philosophy.
Most people do not want government taxing them more. Most people do not want government controlling their personal lives. Libertarianism is about finding a different solution.
Libertarians are not like Republicans or Democrats. They’re looking for an alternative that will actually bring peace and fairness to the system.