Definition of libertarianism in English:


Line breaks: lib¦er|tar¦ian|ism
Pronunciation: /ˌlɪbəˈtɛːrɪəˌnɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
An extreme laissez-faire political philosophy advocating only minimal state intervention in the lives of citizens.
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  • Having said that, it is important not to exaggerate the popularity of libertarianism, or its political influence.
  • On the one hand, the positive half of Kane's version of libertarianism tries to put indeterminism to work in a way that cannot be appropriated by compatibilists.
  • However, changing them to fit with a certain politics would change what libertarianism is as a political philosophy.

Its adherents believe that private morality is not the state’s affair, and that therefore activities such as drug use and prostitution that arguably harm no one but the participants should not be illegal. Libertarianism shares elements with anarchism, although it is generally associated more with the political right, chiefly in the US

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