What is a libertarian?

Libertarians seek to maximize human freedom and eliminate coercion in personal or economic matters. They advocate “self-government,” that is, people who govern themselves. Government, to the extent it exists at all, should be limited to protecting individuals from harm. Otherwise, libertarians embrace individual responsibility, voluntary community and private charity. They also tolerate diverse lifestyles, defend civil liberties, and support the free exchange of goods, services and ideas.

Famous libertarians include economist and philosopher Friedrich Hayek, journalist Rose Wilder Lane, and entertainer Penn Jillette.

“The number one responsibility for each of us is to change ourselves, with hope that others will follow.” — Ron Paul, Congressional Farewell Speech

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