From the "Sums it up" post of 27 Jul 13:
"Libertarianism is a political philosophy that is concerned with the
proper use of force. The only proper role of coercion or violence is to
defend person and property against coercion or violence. These should
not be used against anyone who has not himself deprived someone of life,
liberty, or property. This does not mean that coercion or violence
should actually be employed, just that it might rightly be. Coercion or
violence that goes beyond just defense is unjust aggression. Peaceful
and consensual activity should never be aggressed against. But, of
course, this doesn’t mean that all such activity is moral, wholesome,
It is no wonder that some conservatives have
mischaracterized libertarianism—some libertarians have done the same
thing. Libertarianism cannot be simplistically defined as “fiscally
conservative, socially liberal.” Libertarianism is a philosophy of life,
not a lifestyle. Libertarians who view libertarianism as more of a
social attitude than a political theory are making it something it is
not. No one is more libertarian than someone else because he celebrates
more alternative lifestyles rather than tolerates them.
some conservatives have mischaracterized libertarianism as depreciating
tradition, rejecting religion, and disdaining morality, nothing could be
further from the truth. I believe it is entirely possible to be a
resolute social and theological conservative and at the same time be an
uncompromising and hardcore libertarian.
Conservatives can and
should be libertarians because there is nothing inherently libertarian
about same-sex marriage, legalized abortion, or recreational drug use."
Thank you for the comment.