Rodger Paxton, Libertarian Party of Arkansas secretary, explains why Libertarian candidates are inevitable asked the question, “Why are you running against a good Republican” or a “libertarian Republican.” The question derives from “a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to be a Libertarian.”
Paxton says that Republicans and conservatives throw around words like “Republican-libertarian,” conservative libertarian,” and “constitutional libertarian” as if these word salads have some sort of meaning. “They do not,” he writes.
“A libertarian is someone who believes in the non-aggression principle, plain and simple …that no man may initiate force or fraud against another person or his property. This is also called ‘classically liberal’ in many circles and fits just as well as the word libertarian.
“The political party that upholds these libertarian principles is conveniently named The Libertarian Party,” Paxton says. “Republicans and Democrats have no such moral compass.”
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