Best Quotes About Libertarian

That's libertarians for you – anarchists who want police protection from their slaves. -Kim Stanley Robinson

I'm a liberal where children are concerned, a libertarian where adults are concerned – and thinking very seriously about running for the House of Representatives, for whatever that's worth. -Daniel Keys Moran

Certainly the emphasis I place in this chapter on coordination of behavior and cooperation to mutual benefit is something that ought to be very congenial to people in the libertarian tradition. -Robert Nozick

What libertarians assert is simply that differences among normal adults do not imply different fundamental rights. -Tom G. Palmer

A libertarian presidential candidate isn't going to win anyway, so he can afford to say that all taxation is theft, and it isn't the job of a libertarian presidential candidate to cook up new ways to commit theft. -L. Neil Smith

I'm as radical as libertarians come. -L. Neil Smith

The real boneheads are the libertarians. -Peter Brimelow

I think Tierney is also more libertarian than he is conservative in the conventional sense. -Daniel Okrent

I certainly have some very strong libertarian leanings, yes. -Clarence Thomas

I'm a hardcore libertarian – I want everything legal – but I also believe that you have the right to free association. -Penn Jillette

Civil libertarians have raised concerns that some of the Patriot Act's provisions infringe on Constitutional rights. Those concerns are not supported by the facts. -Roger Wicker

Most libertarians are worried about government but not worried about business. I think we need to be worrying about business in exactly the same way we are worrying about government. -John Perry Barlow

The folks celebrating Jim Bunning are seeing him as an anti-government, anti-spending activist. But to embrace Jim Bunning is to embrace a strange record, if you really are a libertarian, if you really are a deficit hawk, if you really care about spending and responsibility. -Rachel Maddow

I'm not a knee-jerk conservative. I passionately believe in free markets and less government, but not to the point of being a libertarian. -Rupert Murdoch

I'm a libertarian. It's a terrible word. -John Stossel

Obama is trying to paint us as a caricature, as if we're some bizarre individualists who are hardcore libertarians. It's a false dichotomy and intellectually lazy. Of course we believe in government. We think government should do what it does really well, but that it has limits. -Paul Ryan

I mean, I've always been a libertarian. Leave everybody alone. Let everybody else do what they want. Just stay out of everybody else's hair. -Clint Eastwood

I just think it is important that you realize, that you're the best in the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether you're libertarian or whatever, you are the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go. -Clint Eastwood

The debate in the Republican Party needs to be between libertarians and conservatives. -Jim DeMint

I'd like to see a Republican Party that embraces a lot of the libertarian ideas. -Jim DeMint

My libertarian friends are probably getting a little upset now but I think that's because they never appreciate the benefits of local fascism. -Ann Coulter

Well, I'm a libertarian conservative, so I believe in limited government/maximum individual freedom. -John Bolton

Maybe it's my libertarian philosophy: but being in government is hard. -John Bolton

I'm willing to zap conservatives when they do things that are not libertarian. -William Safire

Some people object to libertarian ideas because there are too many irresponsible people in the world – people who will cause trouble if the government doesn't restrain them. -Harry Browne

I brag on the Democratic Party. We're libertarian on social issues, it's live and let live. Fiscally, we're conservative and responsible, and were environmentally conscious. -Mark Udall

A conservative is a liberal who's been mugged, and a libertarian is a conservative who's been indicted. -Jack Abramoff

I'm not a complete libertarian. There is a proper role in some areas of the government to have rules and regulations – I'm not an anarchist. -Jack Abramoff

The Koch brothers tend to give to right-leaning and libertarian causes. Koch money was instrumental, for example, in founding the Cato Institute and the Libertarian Party. -Donald Luskin

In the future, people will blame the Eighties for all societal ills in the same way that people have previously blamed the Sixties. The various Thatcherite Big Bangs – monetarism, deregulation, libertarianism – have been working their way through the culture ever since. -Peter York

I'm a Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic. It's a humorous way for me to describe that I'm not stereotypical. -Joel Salatin

There's a certain libertarian right-wing view that there should be no FDA, that people can decide for themselves whether medicines are safe and effective. That's nonsense. Most people don't have the expertise or the resources to mount a proper study to find out whether a treatment is safe or effective. -Marcia Angell

I believe in libertarian options because they allow an interesting management of the capital and are based on co-operation, reciprocity, contract, federation. -Michel Onfray

If you wish to know how libertarians regard the State and any of its acts, simply think of the State as a criminal band, and all of the libertarian attitudes will logically fall into place. -Murray Rothbard

Economic libertarians and Christian evangelicals, united by their common enemy, are strange bedfellows in today's Republican party, just as the two Georges – the archconservative Wallace and the uberliberal McGovern – found themselves in the same Democratic Party in 1972. -Steven Pinker

Now I call myself a bleeding heart libertarian. Because I do believe in the principles of Libertarianism as an ideal – because I'm an idealist. -Neil Peart

I think libertarians need somebody who can articulate getting from A to Z. But you know, if G is achievable, how about it? Let's get there! -Gary Johnson

Whether you're a libertarian liberal or a more egalitarian liberal, the idea is that justice means being non-judgmental with respect to the preferences people bring to public life. -Michael Sandel

The Tea Party emerged from a laudably grassroots base: libertarians, fervent Constitutionalists, and ordinary people alarmed at the suppression of liberties, whether by George W. Bush or Barack Obama. -Naomi Wolf

I'm an extreme libertarian, but I realize we're in a democracy, and in a democracy, people can have views of all stripes, and there's no reason to argue about it. -Eugene Fama

I have no evidence that libertarianism leads to a better life. I just think it is morally right. -Penn Jillette

You have to be careful as a libertarian because you can sound very Republican. -Penn Jillette

Everyone's goals are the same with very small differences. I mean, the goal of a socialist and the goal of a libertarian are exactly the same. The goals are happiness and security and freedom, and you balance those. -Penn Jillette

My libertarian beliefs have not always served me well. Like most people who hold strong ideological convictions, I find that, too often, my beliefs trump the scientific facts. -Michael Shermer

Ever since college, I have been a libertarian – socially liberal and fiscally conservative. I believe in individual liberty and personal responsibility. -Michael Shermer

I always accepted the libertarian position of minimum regulation in the sale and use of firearms because I placed guns under the beneficial rubric of minimal restrictions on individuals. -Michael Shermer

I believe in taxation and health care that is outside the usual libertarian mandate, because I don't want people to have to suffer. It's as simple as that. -Neil Peart

I consider myself not a conservative libertarian but a radical '60s libertarian. -Camille Paglia

It is easier for a libertarian to attack the science of global warming than to alter one's core libertarian beliefs. -Al Seckel

I stated that I'm a libertarian Republican, which means I believe in a series of issues, such as smaller government, constraint on budget deficits, free markets, globalization, and a whole series of other things, including welfare reform. -Alan Greenspan

After the Volcker Fund collapsed, I got another grant from the Lilly Endowment to do a history of the U.S., which I worked on from 1962-66. The original idea was to take the regular facts and put a libertarian assessment on everything. -Murray Rothbard

Libertarianism is a way of measuring how the government and other kinds of systems respect the individual. At the core of libertarianism is the idea that the individual is sacrosanct and that anything that's done contrary to the well-being of the individual needs some pretty serious justification. -P. J. O'Rourke

We did not become libertarians because we are altruists. -P. J. O'Rourke

Any terrorism is an attack on libertarian values. -P. J. O'Rourke

Sense About Science is much more than an innocent fact-checking service. It is a spin-off of a bizarre political network that began life as the ultra-left Revolutionary Communist Party and switched over to extreme corporate libertarianism when it launched 'Living Marxism' magazine in the late eighties. -Zac Goldsmith

My parents both defected from communist Hungary and were what most people would today call libertarian. I grew up with a general distaste for taxation and any policy that intruded on our lives. -David Harsanyi

The problem is that Americans use the state as a moral compass. For libertarians, it is often frustrating to explain that advocating the decriminalization of x is not synonymous with endorsing x. -David Harsanyi

Some libertarians say, 'Well, if people work harder, they can make more money.' But, you know, my mother is a nurse and I am a venture capitalist. I think no matter how great a nurse she is, she wouldn't earn a one-thousandth of what I can make, if that. -Ben Horowitz

Economics is sometimes associated with the study and defense of selfishness and material inequality, but it has an egalitarian and civil libertarian core that should be celebrated. -Tyler Cowen

What I would like to vote for is a candidate that is socially liberal, a fiscal conservative, broadly libertarian with a small 'l' but sensible and pragmatic and with a chance of winning. That's more or less the empty set. -Tyler Cowen

I took the obligatory economics classes in school, but I've long been a fan of the Milton Friedman philosophy and its libertarian bent: One must be free to do what one wants to do, as long as you don't harm another. This is the seminal treatise on free-market economics. -Charlie Trotter

With the development of industrial capitalism, a new and unanticipated system of injustice, it is libertarian socialism that has preserved and extended the radical humanist message of the Enlightenment and the classical liberal ideals that were perverted into an ideology to sustain the emerging social order. -Noam Chomsky

It is true that classical libertarian thought is opposed to state intervention in social life, as a consequence of deeper assumptions about the human need for liberty, diversity, and free association. -Noam Chomsky

The history of the Internet is not, as some people have tried to make it, a libertarian just-so story. It is a messy tale in which the government played a significant role. That role was, however, far more subtle than the plans of industrial policy gurus or techno-boosting politicians. -Virginia Postrel

It's the libertarians who want to reclaim decision-making for themselves. It's the small government folks who see government as a great Leviathan gobbling up more and more of their treasure and freedoms. -Kathleen Troia McFarland

I get along with Democrats really well, and I think that's something that's unreported. I think it's partly my libertarian tendencies. -Raul Labrador

My fear is that people associate Rand Paul's social conservatism with libertarianism, when it's not. -Gary Johnson

Libertarians are constantly arguing with each other who is the most pure libertarian and who is most ideologically pure. -John Mackey

I reject the premise that liberal and libertarian values are necessarily in conflict. In fact, I often self-identify as a 'classical liberal.' -John Mackey

I'm a libertarian-conservative. I believe the state should focus on defending lives, rights, and property instead of depriving its citizens of their God-given liberties. -Todd Young

I am a passionate civil libertarian. -Ted Cruz

The idea of the Internet as sort of open and democratic and free and with no hierarchy, the libertarian beginnings as it were, with peer-to-peer networks… I'd sort of like for everyone to just admit that we're beyond that now. -Beeban Kidron

I am libertarian, and Americans generally are, more than, say, Canadians and Australians. -Joel Salatin

Ever since Willie Nelson brought rednecks into an alliance with hippies back in the psychedelic '70s, Austin has milked its quirky libertarian spirit for a worldwide bonanza of free publicity. -Douglas Brinkley

I would consider myself a rather staunch libertarian. -Peter Thiel

Science fiction has traditionally been economically naive, with a strong libertarian streak, which I think is like a crude Leninism. That's attractive because it could be used to explain everything, and if only we lived by its tenets, everything would be perfect. -Charles Stross

In my view, as a country we need to rediscover some of that skepticism about government and revisit that libertarian agenda. -Charles Kennedy

The earliest depiction of libertarian eugenics may have appeared in a science fiction novel, Robert Heinlein's 1942 tale 'Beyond This Horizon.' -Gregory Benford

Pure libertarianism believes that people will be generous and help each other. Well, they won't. I wish it were so, and I live that way. I help panhandlers, but other people are, 'Oh look at that – why doesn't he get a job?' While I believe in all that freedom, I also believe that no one should suffer needlessly. -Neil Peart

We're seeing conservatives and evangelicals and libertarian and Reagan Democrats all coming together as one, and that terrifies Washington, D.C. -Ted Cruz

I'm not an ultra-libertarian who thinks there shouldn't be insider-trading laws at all. -Gary Weiss

The best government is the least government. In some areas, I'm libertarian. I don't subscribe to any one party; they are all bad. -Wayne Rogers

My instincts are conservative, but my inclinations are also libertarian. -Christopher Buckley

The Jacksonians were libertarians, plain and simple. Their program and ideology were libertarian; they strongly favored free enterprise and free markets, but they just as strongly opposed special subsidies and monopoly privileges conveyed by government to business or to any other group. -Murray Rothbard

Philosophically, I believe that libertarianism – and the wider creed of sound individualism of which libertarianism is a part – must rest on absolutism and deny relativism. -Murray Rothbard

I'm basically a libertarian, and I'm a conservative on economic matters, and I'm a social liberal. -David H. Koch

Imagine a libertarian president ending impediments to free markets. -Gary Johnson

Imagine a libertarian president challenging Congress to repeal the PATRIOT Act. -Gary Johnson

Imagine a libertarian president challenging Congress for meaningful immigration reform. -Gary Johnson

The libertarian worship of individual freedom, and contempt for social convention, comes easiest to people who have never really had to grow up. -George Packer

There are libertarian conservatives, fiscal conservatives, and social conservatives. I feel conservative in terms of limited government, individual responsibility, self-sufficiency – that sort of thing. -Ted Olson

We get divided generationally and in other ways – libertarians versus more traditional social conservatives, for example – and we've got to provide some flexibility there. But we don't need to have quite so many litmus tests. We need to have our big picture focused on economic issues. -Asa Hutchinson

Stoutly pro-tax-cut and libertarian on social issues like abortion, Trump is a Republican with the business know-how to turn the country's economy around. -Roger Stone

What I want is a sort of new political realignment on libertarian/authoritarian lines, and I want a new consensus to emerge of disaffected liberals, classical liberals, dissident minorities like gays, small-state conservatives, libertarians, people who basically want to be left alone. -Milo Yiannopoulos

Among the most serious allegations a federal court can address are that an Executive agency has targeted citizens for mistreatment based on their political views. No citizen – Republican or Democrat, Socialist or libertarian – should be targeted or even have to fear being targeted on those grounds. -Raymond Kethledge

Like most conservatives, my path was a bit meandering. I grew up around people who mostly held conservative or libertarian views. The liberals I knew were fairly quiet about it, or at least I don't remember it being very heavy-handed. -Dana Perino

I'm not a libertarian in the sense that I think all these social programs should be abolished in any sense. -Pat Buchanan

We can divide bitcoin people into two camps: one that goes along with the existing system and wants it to work complimentarily with the existing system, and then the other half is basically religiously opposed and wants to invent a libertarian, regulation-free world. -Melanie Swan

Despite massive evidence to the contrary, libertarians hold tight to their romantic concept of capitalism, which, freed from government interference, serves the consumer with the best products at the lowest prices. -Paul Craig Roberts

Reddit has attracted a lefty, libertarian audience since the beginning. -Alexis Ohanian

Maybe libertarians especially like Reddit because it is a perfect marketplace of content. Every Redditor is created equal, whether you're the highest karma Redditor or a brand-new Redditor with 10 karma points. No submissions or votes are more equal than others. -Alexis Ohanian

St. Kitts' government is much more libertarian compared with the U.S. It's not even close. -Roger Ver

Silicon Valley is a great place for Bitcoin, since everyone understands computers, and there are lots of libertarians running around. -Roger Ver

I would say to people of a libertarian conservative position on an issue, do not do a taped interview. You're going to come out looking really bad. No matter what you say, no matter how eloquently you answer a question, your answer is not going to be what you said. -Peter Schiff

Crypto today is a libertarian paradise. If you send your money to the wrong place, it's gone. If you send it to a merchant and don't receive the goods, you have no recourse. This is cash. Treat it as such. -Gil Penchina

There's an oft-used shorthand for the technologist's view of the world. It is assumed that libertarianism dominates Silicon Valley, and that isn't wholly wrong. High-profile devotees of Ayn Rand can be found there. -Franklin Foer

I am from an F.D.R. liberal-Democratic family. With proximity to government, I have become more libertarian. -Eva Moskowitz

I think I'm turning into a libertarian. I'm not part of the gaggle of Hollywood liberals. I gaggle for no one, and I'm not a liberal. I'm libo-conservo-rado-middle-of-the-roado. -Richard Dreyfuss

Some of the bitcoin community come from that kind of anarchistic, libertarian view. But, one reason why I think Ripple has been very successful is because we work with the system. -Brad Garlinghouse

In the U.S., the conspiracy theory subculture has been hijacked by the Right to try to take down people like Obama and put forward rightwing libertarianism. -Matt Bellamy

Academic Marxists were never going to be convinced that anything that happened in the real world could invalidate their belief system. Utopians of the Right, libertarians are just as convinced that their ideas have yet to be tried and that they would work beautifully if we could only just have a do-over of human history. -Jacob Weisberg

The best thing you can say about libertarians is that because their views derive from abstract theory, they tend to be highly principled and rigorous in their logic. -Jacob Weisberg

The worst thing you can say about libertarians is that they are intellectually immature, frozen in the worldview many of them absorbed from reading Ayn Rand novels in high school. Like other ideologues, libertarians react to the world's failing to conform to their model by asking where the world went wrong. -Jacob Weisberg

Southern conservatives care about government's moral stance but don't mind when it spends freely on behalf of their constituents. Western conservatives, by contrast, are soft-libertarians who want government out of people's way on principle. -Jacob Weisberg

To describe Peter Thiel as simply a libertarian wildly understates the case. His belief system is based on unapologetic selfishness and economic Darwinism. -Jacob Weisberg

Like academic Marxists, who are their sisters under the skin, libertarians are far more interested in an ideal world than in the one where ordinary humans live. -Jacob Weisberg

The belief that the law will never 'catch up' to technology is borne in part of tech exceptionalism, a libertarian elitism that derides any kind of legal or regulatory impediment as Luddism. -Sarah Jeong

A lot of libertarians and ultra-capitalists like to put out this idea that competition makes for better creativity. But it's just because we don't see all the creativity that's been crushed. -Boots Riley

Many of the libertarian entrepreneurs who only want the government to leave them alone have simply forgotten how important government research, public education, and immigration policy are to Silicon Valley's long-term success. -Glenn Kelman

Many of the ex-hippies who started companies like Apple, or the early online bulletin boards dedicated to organic food and following the Grateful Dead, were an odd combination of liberals and libertarians. -Glenn Kelman

I want people to know we throw real parties. We don't need more boring libertarian or conservative conferences. -Mike Cernovich

There are things that I can agree with from both sides: perhaps the civil libertarian issues of the Left and also the economic freedom issues of the Right while still rejecting the big-government tendencies of both sides of the political spectrum. -Kane

The great thing about libertarianism is it really is the American dream: It's the ability of everybody to live their life and build their life according to what they want, so long as they don't hurt anybody else. -Kane

What I was really saying in 'The Examined Life' was that I was no longer as hardcore a libertarian as I had been before. -Robert Nozick

The libertarian position I once propended now seems to me seriously inadequate, in part because it did not fully knit the humane considerations and joint cooperative activities it left room for more closely into its fabric. -Robert Nozick

I am a socially liberal libertarian who is not for open borders. -Gavin McInnes

Republicans, Democrats, libertarians, and independents all agree on only one thing – our national politicians are bought. -Cenk Uygur

I still think what the consumers are looking for is, number one, entertainment. They want to be entertained. It can be a liberal, a libertarian, or a conservative. It can be far-left or far-right. If they are entertained, they are going to tune in. -Neal Boortz

One of the frequent blind spots for economic libertarians, speaking as one who has personally dealt with this log in the eye, is a tendency to allow principles of how economies work and the beauty of trade to make us ignore perceived threats animating people who value more than just the power to buy and sell. -Ben Domenech

I've appeared on InfoWars many times, and I've never heard 'hate speech.' InfoWars has libertarian and conservative-leaning views. -Jesse Lee Peterson

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