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Definition someone who upholds the principles of individual liberty

When capitalized, "Libertarian" refers to the Libertarian Party — an American political party that is much smaller than the Democrat and Republican parties. They describe themselves as advocates for a smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom with a "live and let live" mentality.
  • ...libertarianism and nonjudgmentalism hold sway in most precincts of the culture.
    Declaration Foundation: Restoring America  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • I think that one can escape the dangers of being the hard core libertarian without falling into the trap of thinking comprehensive government power is the order of the day.
    Richard A. Epstein  --  Skepticism and Freedom (speech based on book)  --,filter.all/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • The debates over popular culture, marriage, and family have been mounted not so much by as within the Right—that is, between social conservatives and libertarians.
    Christopher DeMuth  --  After the Ascent  --,filter.all/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • I had no idea you had such a libertarian view of humanity.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Democrats, Republicans, libertarians and nationalists also plied their wares.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • No such monstrous figment, no werewolf of race stalked the imagination of my father—a gentleman, a libertarian and a Jacksonian Democrat.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Expert in complaining about taxes, and a typical libertarian when it came to freedom of the press.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • Hippies that moved up for the cheap land and libertarian approach.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • 'I am as good a Libertarian Republican as thou,' the short peasant said.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Anarchist individualist, anarchist Communist, Christian anarchist, philosophical anarchist, syndicalist, libertarian—those I know.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • William Safire, the conservative-libertarian political columnist for the New York Times, said Simon made him feel like a "left-winger."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The group's membership was a small, eclectic mix of pacifists, anarchists, vegetarians, and libertarians brought together by a commitment to nonviolent political action.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • All of you should come in and submit to our Libertarian discipline.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • This isn't some libertarian mistrust of government policy, which is healthy in any democracy.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • It was not easy for her to tell all this, she confessed to me, biting her lips and nervously fingering her drawn and ashen cheek; it was especially difficult to reveal one's lies after having so artfully created a perfect little cameo of paternal rectitude and decency: the fine socialist paterfamilias fretting over the coming terror, a man haloed with goodness in her portrait of a brave libertarian who had risked his life to save Jews in the ferocious Russian pogroms.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • [5] [Pg066] Thousands of other young Americans like him were growing up at the same time—youngsters filled with a vast impatience of all precedent and authority, revilers of all that had come down from an elder day, incorrigible libertarians.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language

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