Definition of libertarianism in English:



  • [mass noun] An extreme laissez-faire political philosophy advocating only minimal state intervention in the lives of citizens.

    • ‘On most political spectrums libertarianism is considered far right-wing.’
    • ‘What these things equate to are sometimes called libertarianism, a political ethos that is particularly American and is centered around small government.’
    • ‘On the one hand, the positive half of Kane's version of libertarianism tries to put indeterminism to work in a way that cannot be appropriated by compatibilists.’
    • ‘He doesn't like my characterization of libertarianism as a philosophy for people with no children.’
    • ‘Both shared an interest in resisting the amoral libertarianism of bohemians and rationalists.’
    • ‘I'm just a bit vague on how Christian thought is applied to libertarianism in order to transform it into a unique political stance.’
    • ‘The instructive trajectory of their political decay has now reached the terminal stage of free-market libertarianism.’
    • ‘Their libertarianism was more aesthetic than political, an assertion of personal autonomy against repressive philistinism.’
    • ‘After a political transformation to libertarianism, he returned to the Catholic Church.’
    • ‘Some people are confused by what appear to be contradictory positions in libertarianism.’
    • ‘In a world of limits imposed by nature and society, libertarianism represents a powerful vision of escape.’
    • ‘Having said that, it is important not to exaggerate the popularity of libertarianism, or its political influence.’
    • ‘The embracing of diverse ethical bases for libertarianism might lead some people to accuse me of moral relativism.’
    • ‘The history of libertarianism has played out in the catacombs of standard American intellectual history.’
    • ‘In a world of limits imposed by nature and history, libertarianism represents a powerful vision of escape.’
    • ‘Edwards begins by attempting to show that libertarianism is incoherent.’
    • ‘The primary flaw in libertarianism is that it is rooted in an ethic of utilitarianism rather than virtue ethics.’
    • ‘From a theoretical standpoint ideological libertarianism is just another form of rationalism and not at all conservative.’
    • ‘However, changing them to fit with a certain politics would change what libertarianism is as a political philosophy.’
    • ‘What is your position with regard to libertarianism and liberalism?’
    independence, self-direction, self-reliance, freethinking, free thought, originality
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