posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 04:07 PM
There's a difference between small "l" libertarians and big "L" Libertarians. Big "L" Libertarians being people affiliated or agreeing with the
Libertarian Party. Small "l" libertarians are simply people that follow a libertarian philosophy. There can be a big difference.
There are several different forms of libertarianism. Libertarian Socialism
just a pretty word for anarchism. This sums it up well: "adherents believe that management of the common good (socialism) is necessary, but that this
should be done in a manner that preserves individual liberty and avoids concentration of power or authority (libertarianism). Some libertarian
socialists say individual liberty and societal harmony are necessarily antagonistic, and anarchist philosophy must balance the two. Others feel that
the two are symbiotic, and that the liberty of the individual guarantees the harmony of the society and vice-versa."
Then there's Libertarian Capitalism
, the philosophy more closely associated to the LP.
There are many people that say they are libertarians, yet believe in completely different things. In fact, some libertarians say that voting in
elections and the very idea of a political party are both anti
So to answer your question: I wouldn't be suprised if a libertarian doesn't believe in stop signs, but I'd be suprised if a Libertarian did. It
should be a goal of the LP to distance themselves from more anarchist libertarians.