Libertarian Versus Republican
“What political party are you?” John asked.
“I am a Libertarian,” Zach replied.
“No, I mean are you a Republican or a Democrat?” John answered, confused.
“Yeah I know what you mean, but I am neither of those. I am a Libertarian,” Responded Zach.
Many people are vaguely, if at all, informed about the less popular political parties in our country. When they discuss politics the only two parties that come to mind are the Republican and Democratic parties. How would it be possible for all of the citizens of America to choose between only two political parties to claim themselves to? For many Americans this is an easy task, hence the reason why the Republican and Democratic parties are the two most popular and well known in the country. However, other Americans have formed together to create political parties of their own. Some of these are rather minor with very little public attention or support such as the Green party, the Constitution party, or the Ecology party. Socialism, Anarchism, Theocratic beliefs, and Racial Separatism are ideologies that are also referred to as “extremists” because of how unsupported they tend to be due to how unpopular and far-reached they are. Others are more commonly known and supported by the public. These include Conservatism, Liberalism, and Libertarianism.
Personally, I was always one of those people who never paid much attention to outside political parties or ideologies. I just considered myself a Republican without much thought because my parents were Republicans and I seemed to agree with most of their thoughts and opinions on political issues. After taking the Political Compass Test I was a bit shocked to find that I was more towards the Libertarian side. That is, until I read more about my ideology.
Libertarians strive for exactly what their name says: Liberty. This party believes that peace and prosperity can only be achieved through the freedom of individuals with very little interference from the government. It is the country’s third largest political party according to www.lp.org. Created by Terra Eclipse, this website also states many of the beliefs and values of Libertarians. Eclipse has stated a firm belief of Libertarians: “Consequently, we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.” This site also goes on to explain that Libertarians believe that each person should have the freedom to live their life freely and to do whatever they please, so long as it does not interfere with the equal right of others to live their life in whatever way they choose.
According to Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz, Libertarians believe the only actions that should be considered illegal are those that involve the “initiation of...