After teaching American politics for several years, I began to wonder why so many libertarians emerge from or are a part of the Republican Party.  Of course, not all libertarians can be described as such, but virtually every libertarian I know prefers the Republican over the Democratic PartyRon Paul is currently the best known libertarian, and he emerges from Republican ranks.  You may be asking yourself, “So, what’s the big deal?”

For what it’s worth, here’s my take on why this is a relevant ideological issue.  By definition, libertarians oppose government action except where absolutely necessary to protect life and property.  Just one step to the left of anarchy on the ideological spectrum, libertarians support virtually complete liberty or freedom from government.  It is a very consistent ideology (similar to its ideological opposite, communitarianism) in that it supports liberty in the market place AND liberty related to individual lifestyles and choices.  It…

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