The Libertarian Party has been lost for many years. Yes, I am still a member and a registered voter in Colorado, but there is more than the party that has failed to accomplish many of its goals. Libertarianism is more than being a member of a political party, but rather an ideology, a way of life.
Libertarianism is more than the party, it is a way of life.
Libertarianism is a political philosophy that upholds liberty as a core principle. Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and political freedom, emphasizing free association, freedom of choice, individualism and voluntary association.
Freedom is at the core of the philosophy. The ability of people to live their lives without interference from the government is the true belief that you are free. Too often we have the government dictating aspects of our lives, and that is more than ever apparent with the COVID-19 pandemic, and it takes strong willed leaders that hold the core of Libertarianism close to their hearts to challenge the authoritarian power of political leaders that wish to strip you of your freedom.
Right-libertarianism developed in the United States in the mid-20th century from the works of European writers like John Locke, Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig Von Mises and is the most popular conception of libertarianism in the United States today. Commonly referred to as a continuation or radicalization of classical liberalism, the most important of these early right-libertarian philosophers was Robert Nozick. While sharing left-libertarians’ advocacy for social freedom, right-libertarians value the social institutions that enforce conditions of capitalism while rejecting institutions that function in opposition to these on the grounds that such interventions represent unnecessary coercion of individuals and abrogation of their economic freedom. Anarcho-capitalists seek the elimination of the state in favor of privately funded security services while minarchists defend night-watchman states which maintain only those functions of government necessary to safeguard natural rights, understood in terms of self-ownership or autonomySource Wikipedia
People that adhere to the Libertarian philosophy live their lives to the fullest by forcing aspects of their lives to fall under the umbrella of Liberty.
The problem that we run into is the association with the Libertarian Party. When people ask “what you are” and you answer “Libertarian” their first instinct is to associate you with the political party. In most cases people that identify as Libertarian are not members/part of the political party. The party hasn’t done enough to convince people to join them and fight for candidates to win key elections around the country. Instead, people who identify as Libertarian find any candidates to support that might not have the L next to their name and vote based on principle. The letter doesn’t matter to them.
So, the next time you meet a Libertarian don’t make the automatic assumption. Understand their political thinking and maybe you will be part of the movement for Liberty and Freedom.