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What is the difference between liberalism and libertarianism?

According to wikipedia Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis) is a political philosophy or worldview founded on the idea of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on ...
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Are there libertarian views on proper procedure to obtain property that was previously unowned?

A while back, there was a fun article making the rounds about some dude selling people "rights" to own a plot of land on the Moon. There was another one selling plots in open ocean outside the coastal ...
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What policies for ecological sustainability have been proposed by conservative or economically libertarian political groups?

This question explores the nature of the green movement, which is often associated with progressive or left-wing politics. One answer points out that it's not the problem identification that is ...
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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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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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Why has Libertarianism achieved so little as a political ideology in the World?

Since Libertarianism can be defined as a political philosophy that advocates only minimal state intervention in the free market and the private lives of citizens, but when it comes to actual policies, ...
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Is Libertarianism left wing or right wing?

In my country, libertarianism is associated with a pure right political ideology. They held more right wing positions than those who are elected and refered to as "right", or even "far right". For ...
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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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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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Is defunding the police compatible with a libertarian mindset?

In light of recent tragedies, many people have been saying "defund the police". I'm a moderate conservative and moderate libertarian and generally think that defunding the police is a bad ...
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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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What is the difference between libertarianism and anarchism?

For some time now, I have studied Anarchism, Marxism and Left Communism. There seem to be particular ideologies like "Libertarian Socialism", "Anarcho-Communism" and "Anarcho-...
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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 does libertarianism handle contagious diseases or pandemics?

In libertarianism, each person is responsible for their own health. Nobody is forced to take health insurance, and a hospital is not obliged to provide care to an individual who cannot pay for the ...
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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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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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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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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 "...
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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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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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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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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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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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