7 Frequently Asked Questions About Libertarians

“Why don’t libertarians move to Somalia?”

By: Julie Borowski (@JulieBorowski)

1. So, what’s a libertarian anyways?

Simply put, libertarians want the government out of everyone’s personal and economic matters.

Conservatives want the government in people’s personal lives, to a certain extent. Liberals want the government in people’s economic decisions, to a certain extent.


Libertarians want people to have freedom in all aspects of their lives.

2. Are libertarians a bunch of anarchists?

Some are. Some aren’t.

Some want the government to only have the powers listed in the Constitution. Some “minarchist” libertarians believe the only legitimate government is police, courts, military, and maybe a couple of other things.

And others are anarchists.

3. Wait, aren’t all libertarians part of the Libertarian Party?

Some are. Some aren’t.

Libertarianism is a philosophy. Some libertarians are part of the Libertarian Party for obvious reasons. Some libertarians are part of the Republican Party because they feel that it is the best chance to get libertarians elected. Some are probably even Democrats.

And others refuse to take part in politics.

4. Are libertarians just pot smoking Republicans?

Not all of us smoke pot. Not all of us are Republicans.

Some libertarians smoke pot. Other libertarians oppose drug use.

Nearly all of us support the legalization of marijuana. Because it’s the right thing to do.

People own their bodies and the government shouldn’t punish people for what they put into it. The War on Drugs is too expensive, counterproductive, violates individual liberty, and tears apart families.

5. Aren’t libertarians naive about human nature?

Short answer: no.

Libertarians surely have different views of human nature. But even if you believe that human nature is inherently bad, it makes sense to be a libertarian.

We don’t trust politicians to have our best interest at heart.

If all people are inherently bad, it’s a terrible idea to give some people the power to rule over other people.


Uh, yeah, Somalia is not an example of a libertarian society.

At all.

Somalia is an example of how socialism fails.

It’s an example of a failed socialist state that collapsed. Nothing peaceful and voluntary about it.

7. But… who would build the roads in a libertarian society?!?!

Have no fear. Roads will still exist!

Libertarians don’t have some strange hatred of roads.

The free market can handle it.

Some roads are already built without the government middleman. There are many options on who would pay for the roads: drivers that use the road through tolls or fees, home owner associations, businesses, shipping companies, etc.

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