Using old labels like conservative or liberal to describe libertarians isn’t ideal. That’s because while we are fiscally conservative in the old sense of the word, the big government conservatives have now taken that word over. The same goes for liberals who’ve destroyed that term too.Conservative used to mean small government but few people use it that way anymore. People that want the government to prohibit drugs, wage wars, define marriage, run Social Security and Medicare, the Police State, and taking 40% of your income to do it call themselves conservatives. There’s nothing conservative about that. Ron Paul is a real conservative, Rick Santorum isn’t.Liberals are worse. Liberal used to also mean small government. But now people that are for the war on drugs, government healthcare, regulating food, the NSA, and taking 50% of your income call themselves liberals. There’s nothing liberal about that either.Libertarians are conservative and liberal, but neither of those things at the same time. It depends on whether you use the traditional meaning of those words or the new meaning. It’s best not to use either conservative or liberal to define us.The best way to define libertarian is that we are pro-freedom and pro-choice on all issues. We want the government to protect our natural rights, property rights, and provide for national defense. That’s about it. Everything else the government is doing it shouldn’t. End the Fed, the Ed, half the other federal departments, end the War on Drugs, bring the troops home, end the Police State and the Surveillance State, and stop spending trillions over budget every year. Eliminate the jncome tax and spend at 1992 levels and pay off the debt. That’s libertarian.
Taken from A Libertarian Future website.