We know that conservatives want government to conserve traditional values. They say they're for limited government, but they're pro-drug war, pro-immigration restriction and anti-abortion, and they often support "nation-building."
And so-called liberals? They tend to be anti-gun and pro-choice on abortion. They favor big, powerful government—they say—to make life kinder for people.
By contrast, libertarians want government to leave people alone—in both the economic and personal spheres. Leave us free to pursue our hopes and dreams, as long as we don't hurt anybody else.
Friday, April 30, 2010
What it means to be a libertarian
John Stossel in Reason magazine has written a quick guide to libertarianism: What Am I? Understanding what it means to be a libertarian. Here's an excerpt: