Libertarianism in the USA

Libertarianism for Dummies

Also closely linked to liberalism, and recently seen on the banners of Donald Trump supporters in the USA, the belief in libertarianism focuses on the need to provide citizens with as much freedom as possible, therefore seeking to limit the role of the government and the state. This is linked to a firm belief in the free market and is in stark contrast to paternalism. Libertarians believe strongly in individualism and that the individual should be entirely responsible for their actions and that individual rights to life, liberty and property must be upheld absolutely. Law should exist purely to ensure that individuals respect the rights of others. The state and government are potentially a danger to individual freedom. Libertarians believe that a free market, consisting of free individuals, unconstrained by government, will prosper