It gets quite lonely being a Libertarian. You are almost required to be either one extreme or the other. You can never be in the middle. Apparently, I have to either be a fiscal conservative and believe in personal financial responsibility OR support the rights of individuals to chose what they do with their bodies, marry whoever they want, and for everyone to have the same rights as everyone else. Why can't I support the private sector AND gay people? Why can't I support lower taxes AND a woman's right to decide for herself?
Anyone else like me?
I'm not, but I do agree there is far too much polarization and obsession with party affiliation. The general idea seems to be that you must be either a Republican or a Democrat, and you must agree with everything they say. It's absurd. I've been criticized for being too liberal because I support gun control and for being too conservative because I'm in favor of curtailing government spending. You just can't win.
Libertarianism is the anti statist wing of the socialist movement. The word was stolen by the right.
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You've got a point. Someone shouldn't immediately know your opinion on every issue when you tell them your party affiliation. That's when you know somethin's off
‘One gratifying aspect of our rise to some prominence is that, for the first time in my memory, we, “our side,” had captured a crucial word from the enemy . . . “Libertarians” . . . had long been simply a polite word for left-wing anarchists, that is for anti-private property anarchists, either of the communist or syndicalist variety. But now we had taken it over. . .’ [The Betrayal of the American Right, p. 83]
I am liberal. Certainly not libertarian. I'll admit that I don't have firsthand experience of how you feel, but I agree that labels and polarization are too stressed.
I strongly disagree with the libertarian philosophy, but I'm happy to hear that you (sorry if I'm putting words in your mouth) have progressive social views. Right on!