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Questions tagged [libertarianism]

Questions related to a dedicated laissez-faire political philosophy advocating only minimal state intervention in the lives of citizens.

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Libertarians and vaccines

This is yet another "How do Libertarians handle ______" question. It was inspired by this comment. Vaccines are effective for almost everyone who receives them, but not everyone is able to be ...
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How would a libertarian model address widely spread negative externalities (such as CFCs)?

I understand the concept in libertarianism that if corporation A dumps toxic waste in a river and downstream of this river corporation B bottles this water for consumption, that corporation B has had ...
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What is the opposite of libertarian?

Left/Right labels in politics seem insufficient to address the differences in politics today, and adding prefixes like far-left or alt-right seems to simply exaggerate problems. I've seen more ...
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Why isn't it a woman's choice to be a prostitute?

The non-legal argument in favor of abortion is that its a woman's body, therefore it should be the woman's choice. Why isn't that argument applied to prostitution? It seems to me that we as a society ...
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How would a privatized society deal with disputes over flows of air and water? [closed]

In a society based around private property rights, original appropriation, with no state, are there any proposed methods for dealing with disputes that involve flows of air and water? (So "Muh EPA!" ...
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Is there a correlation between libertarianism and IQ?

I found this question in quora https://www.quora.com/Why-does-it-seem-like-many-haskellers-are-libertarian It seems that some programmers are libertarians. You can see there. High level programmers ...
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Why is there no secular/liberal/libertarian parties in Indonesia?

In the US, the Libertarian Party has few seats because of the winner-takes-all election. However, in Indonesia, there is no winner-takes-all election. You can go to the local DPRD (regional ...
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Difference between personal property and private property in left-libertarianism

I thought this would be more relevant here than at the English SO. I was reading on Wikipedia about libertarian socialism, which brought me to the article on left-libertarianism. Beginning at the ...
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Libertarian perspective: America's gun laws and the Florida high school shooting [closed]

Every time such massacres happen, leftists try to push the gun control debate using emotional appeal and libertarians try to defend the right to bear arms based on reason (ex: tyrannical governments, ...
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How would libertarianism deal with deceptive contracts?

Also, what about if you buy a software, and some terms in the software TOS says that you agree to be sex slave. A more concrete samples Unit link insurances. In most regions, people are selling unit ...
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Why does the libertarian party earn so few seats? [duplicate]

Libertarian party is moderate. A survey by David Kirby and David Boaz found a minimum of 14 percent American voters to have libertarian-leaning views.[69][70] (source) It's fiscally ...
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How people are supposed to commute from home to work and do errands under the libertarian system?

According to the libertarian ideology everything should be private, including the street that passes in front of your house. Most houses I know have access to only one street, thus most people would ...
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How do libertarians see people that have an illness that they cannot afford treating by themselves?

Libertarians usually are strong critical of government financed health-care. Under this ideology, what would a person with a health condition that is out of pocket have to do to treat do under the ...
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How would a libertarian government deal with intellectual property?

In a libertarian society, the government is highly discouraged from interfering with the free market, if it is even capable of doing so. In this case, where does that leave Intellectual Property? If ...
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Under Chicago School economics, will monopolies naturally go away? [closed]

I have two questions regarding monopolies in a capitalistic society: According to Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell, among other Chicago School economists, under purely market forces monopolies will ...
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Why did Friedrich Hayek support Universal Basic Income

Hayek is a staunch free market capitalist, small government - bordering on 'taxation is theft' economist. How did he explain his support for universal basic income?
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Does this argument against healthcare as a right not apply to a “speedy and public trial”?

People often make the argument that healthcare cannot be considered a right because someone would be compelled to provide it for you. For example, from libertarianstandard.com: When supporters of ...
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How do Libertarian political thinkers address self harm?

I was just wondering what the libertarian approach would be if someone was suicidal or harming their selves in some way, is/are there any principles in the ideology that would have or warrant ...
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How can a libertarian oppose private property such as cookies? [closed]

I have heard the argument that is made (usually) for a plot of land. We deprived someone of it, therefore it's wrong under libertarian principles. But what about newly generated property, like ...
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Contradicting libertarian negative rights

How do libertarians solve issues with contradicting negative rights? Theoretically there can be such issues. E.g. negative right to speak freely vs negative right to have good health. If one says ...
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Are Libertarians for or against prohibitions on insider trading?

Now, unless I'm missing something, I'm fairly certain that Libertarians aren't PRO insider trading. That said, are they for or against rules prohibiting it? Or do they view it kinda like hostile ...
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Is Libertarianism in favor of intellectual property rights? [duplicate]

Related to this question on libertarianism on monopolies, how do libertarians in the USA, as represented by the Libertarian Party, view copyright and patent protections?
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Is Libertarianism for or against antitrust laws?

In general, is Libertarian ideology for or against the idea of the antitrust law?
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What is the difference between libertarianism and anarchism?

For sometime now, I am studying about Anarchism, Marxism and Left Communism. There seems to be a particular ideologies like "Libertarian Socialism", "Anarco-Communism" and "Anarco-Capitalism". They ...
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Why are there so few politicians on the bottom right of the political spectrum? [closed]

There are abundances of parties and politicians in all squares except the Libertarian Right, why is this?
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What are US libertarians' views on abortion according to polls/surveys?

Someone challenged me in a comment on one of my posts as to what the breakdown of libertarians' views on abortion was (the context was USA). While there are subjective guesses (the comment theorized ...
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What would make a Democratic Libertarian and a Republican Libertarian different?

In the context of the USA; what ideas would make a Libertarian go Democrat, and what ideas would make them go Republican? As Libertarianism fits more or less in this strange middle ground of ideas ...
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Why does the libertarian party keep failing to gain much approval in US?

In US, there has not been much support for the libertarian party. Even though two of the leading candidates in the past presidential election have been considered to have so many faults to be elected, ...
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Trump on Trans/Bathroom Issue: Libertarian or Conservative?

Obama took the liberal policy (trans choose which bathroom to go to, whether or not private businesses approve or not) regarding trans and bathrooms of private businesses. However, Trump recently ...
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Would it be justified for a libertarian state to ban certain religious schools?

From a libertarian perspective, public education system is not desirable in a free society, roughly because public education is a monopoly (in this case, of the State), which is based on the ...
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Hasn't libertarianism already proven to fail? [closed]

Ten thousand years ago (or so), before the dawn of civilization, societies lived in libertarianism (is that true?): There was no central governance, no laws. And this led to where we are today: ...
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The rights of the majority over the minority in a libertarian society

In a libertarian view, how are the rights of the majority over the rights of the minority handled? Do they have a right to overrule? For example, if there are 10 homeowners in a subdivision and 9 of ...
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Is a market with anti-Monopoly regulations still a pure free market? [closed]

I just saw this video and I got from it that even libertarians want to regulate the free market to prevent monopolies. They criticized the anti-monopoly contracts at the beginning but then, I think I ...
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Is it permissible to kill a neighbor who financially supports a warlord out of self-defense?

In a peaceful, balanced, anarcho-capitalist society, is it a violation of the non-aggression principal or permissible to kill a neighbor in self-defense because they are financially supporting a ...
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Libertarianism in European Union

What is the reason why libertarian and other economic freedom parties have not much support in European Union countries?
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In the Political Compass test, what does “left libertarian” mean? [closed]

I took a political compass quiz and it categorized me as "left libertarian". What does this mean? If it is a party, then I don't know anything about it, and I was wondering if anyone knew of it, and ...
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How would the Libertarian non-coercion policy apply to a business being required to bake a cake for a gay wedding?

Oregon has levied fines on a family (after their business has already been dissolved) because the owners refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding. The owners (and future cake making business owners) ...
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What Behooves An Individual to Acknowledge a Country?

Simple observation shows some being occupying some space on some land on some planet. These are all physically real. If the being is a man and the space is then labeled a country on planet Earth, what ...
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What is the accepted Libertarian defense against despots?

There are a number of plausible Libertarian solutions to everyday political problems. The initial allocation of natural resources, or dealing with crime, are rather well covered. However, all of those ...
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Maintaining international stability while reducing US military influence

The US military is currently maintaining a status quo around the world, including preventing military aggression against smaller democratic nations and keeping shipping and international trade open ...
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Would a Libertarian argue for full disclosure in political donations for transparency's sake or full privacy for the donor?

I've read this 'primer' on at least one Libertarian's view on campaign finance. One line under the heading "are there any campaign contributions or expenditures that should be illegal?" suggests ...
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How do Libertarians address the case of “I sold my soul to the company store”?

One of the main arguments that large corporations would not pose a threat in minimal-government libertarian state is that the corporation theoretically has no monopoly on force. In other words, "A ...
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Libertarianism and large companies

As for what I have understood, libertarians (or the "most liberal" stand-point, whatever the correct term is) wants a free market, press, liberty for all, etc. and a small government. That means, as I´...
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Why is Jeremy Bentham considered Liberal?

I often see Jeremy Bentham being categorised as Liberal, but I cannot understand the reasons behind it. His Utilitarian thinking is not directly related to liberal notions like equality, private ...
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Would legalization of drugs increase the power of the FARC?

Libertarians have very compelling arguments in favor of drug legalization. I have been convinced by these (and similar) arguments. But recently I heard one counter-argument that seems very compelling ...
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State army in libertarian state

How would a state's army be paid in libertarian state? Would there be at least some taxes to pay for this?
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Was the Icelandic economic crisis of 2008 a product of lax government oversight or big government?

US libertarians, and some of those who share their rhetoric on the right, are strong proponents of laissez-faire economics and limited government. However, in the case of Iceland and its banking ...
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How is UKIP seen in the United States or elsewhere?

One wonders whether it is even known of outside of Europe. UKIP is the United Kingdom Independence Party, who campaign on the right to self determination and libertarianism.
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What is the theoretical content of the terms used in non-aggression discourse within liberal politics?

The complexity of non-aggression politics within liberalism is obvious: liberalism defends private property which is widely (but not universally) considered to be an act of violence by other political ...
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What are the origins of non-aggression politics within liberalism?

Non-aggression politics plays a significant role in liberalism as a broad tradition. It appears to be central to the revival of Manchester School politics in the United States under the name "...