The Libertarian Movement In The United States

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Libertarians. When our forefathers drafted the constitution of the United States they could have never known the long-lasting living document they created. One of the most incredible aspects of our government is the party system. For hundreds of years this system has been dominated by the two major parties: Democratic and Republican. Now a new party is emerging, the Libertarians. The word roughly translates to “believer in liberty” and that meaning holds true. Libertarianism is the belief that people should be able to do anything that does not cause others harm. Libertarians believe in limited government, personal responsibility, and the free enterprise economic system. The Libertarian movement started in the 1950’s when many people…show more content…
These people started to declare themselves Libertarians. However, it can be argued their core beliefs started with Thomas Jefferson and the Anti-Federalists over two centuries ago. Since that time the party has grown exponentially and has become the third largest political belief system in the United States having over half a million registered voters. Contrary to the popular stereotype Libertarianism is not anarchy. Media often portrays Libertarians as anarchists based on their belief in limited government. This is inherently wrong, because believing in limited government is still believing in government. Libertarians don’t believe society could function without laws and regulations. Libertarians believe government should be limited to provide more control to the people. Their core desire is to help individuals regain control of their lives. In the modern era, it’s easy to tell people feel entitled to things from the world. Libertarians believe it’s a man (or woman’s) right and responsibility to make their own decisions and run their own lives with…show more content…
According to Libertarians the government should never be able to tell anyone what to buy ( such as insurance), or what to pay. It should be one’s personal responsibility to take care of themselves financially. Libertarianism is not a new idea. Its morals and values started when this country was founded and are still true today. While many people in support of big government may slander Libertarians as anarchists, the truth is that they believe government has it’s place. They strongly believe government should mind that place, and not interfere with the affairs of a person. People should be allowed the liberties of personal responsibility and a free economy. They believe every person needs to make decisions for themselves, and should be allowed to do so with limited government involvement. Works Cited Horwitz, Steve. "Why Free Markets?" Bleeding Heart Libertarians. N.p., 29 June 2011. Web. 17 Oct. 2013. "Libertarian Party." Libertarian Party. The Libertarian Party, n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2013. "Libertarianism in the United States." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Oct. 2013. Web.

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