What is a libertarian?
Libertarians seek to maximize human freedom and minimize coercion in personal or economic matters. They advocate “self-government,” that is, a free 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 thinkers Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, and entertainer Penn Jillette.)