Libertarian ideology has been co-opted by the GOP, just as the term Liberal has been co-opted by the Progressive movement. Liberal was co-opted by
the Progressive democrats around the time of FDR and the New Deal.
It's the same as the Progressives supporting the Occupy Movement and the GOP trying to absorb the TEA Party.
It's nothing more than both factions trying to hold on to the phony left/right paradigm by absorbing and then corrupting any other options/party that
finds support among the American populace. And, they are very good at using the media to help them accomplish this, through the manipulation of
True "liberals" should actually be Libertarian . . . after all the ideals both stem from Classical Liberalism, which started way back with the
writings of John Locke. The only nation in the world where these ideals have been warped is the U.S. . . . this conflation is not a problem in any
other country and why those in other countries will show support for one party or another (in the U.S.) based on their understanding of the labels.
Libertarians are socially liberal and financially conservative, based upon the philosophy of small government.
Liberalism wiki for more in-depth description:
It's a double-speak meant for no other reason than to fool the American public into siding with one of the parties. Both parties are Collectivist in
nature . . . Statists. Liberalism/Libertarians are Individualist in nature . . . and our government can't control a population of Individualist.
Unfortunately, many fed up Republicans have been drawn to the ideals of Libertarian ideology, yet hold onto their socially conservative beliefs. This
is why a lot of Progressives (populace, not politicians) have no problem think Libertarians are conservative.
The psy-op has worked very well.
I've had this conversation with many on this board, but too many are blinded by the media manipulation and don't research things for themselves. I've
been a Libertarian since the late 70's, it's how I was raised. Until recent years, whenever I told someone I was a Libertarian, nobody knew what that
meant and when I explained it they said "oh, so you are liberal" . . . now people automatically assume I'm a conservative. The general populace of
this country only knows (and parrots) what they see/hear in the media.
edit on 10/10/13 by solomons path because: (no reason given)