I’ve been getting thins a lot (not necessarily here) so I’m going to go ahead and explain it here. A libertarian, like a Liberal or Conservative, is an ideology. Although there is a party called the Libertarian Party, usually Libertarian is used in the tersm of the ideology. The Libertarian Party is the third largest in the US. 


As you can see in the chart below, a Libertarian is a fuse of the Liberals and Conservatives. Like Republicans, they emphasize the minimization of government. In fact, they advocate this more than any other ideology. The opposite of a Libertarian is a Statist, who believes government control is the ideal and that the government should guide all of our lives. To Statists, the ideal is government power.


Libertarians are commonly prochoice, anti tax, not for universal health care, and for gay marriage. According to LP.org, the Libertarian Party’s official site,

We [Libertarians] defend the rights of individuals to unrestricted freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the right of individuals to dissent from government itself. …

We oppose any abridgment of the freedom of speech through government censorship, regulation or control of communications media, including, but not limited to, laws concerning: 

  • Obscenity, including “pornography”, as we hold this to be an abridgment of liberty of expression despite claims that it instigates rape or assault, or demeans and slanders women; …
  • Electronic bulletin boards, communications networks, and other interactive electronic media as we hold them to be the functional equivalent of speaking halls and printing presses in the age of electronic communications, and as such deserving of full freedom;
  • Electronic newspapers, electronic “Yellow Pages”, and other new information media, as these deserve full freedom.

So, in short, they do not support censorship — no matter what the circumstance. The ideal for a LIbertarian is freedom. The less government, the better. According to them, the government only exists to establish rights and protect them, not to do all the things they do today.