Definition of libertarianism in English:



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

    • ‘The instructive trajectory of their political decay has now reached the terminal stage of free-market libertarianism.’
    • ‘Both shared an interest in resisting the amoral libertarianism of bohemians and rationalists.’
    • ‘He doesn't like my characterization of libertarianism as a philosophy for people with no children.’
    • ‘The embracing of diverse ethical bases for libertarianism might lead some people to accuse me of moral relativism.’
    • ‘On most political spectrums libertarianism is considered far right-wing.’
    • ‘After a political transformation to libertarianism, he returned to the Catholic Church.’
    • ‘What these things equate to are sometimes called libertarianism, a political ethos that is particularly American and is centered around small government.’
    • ‘However, changing them to fit with a certain politics would change what libertarianism is as a political philosophy.’
    • ‘Edwards begins by attempting to show that libertarianism is incoherent.’
    • ‘Their libertarianism was more aesthetic than political, an assertion of personal autonomy against repressive philistinism.’
    • ‘From a theoretical standpoint ideological libertarianism is just another form of rationalism and not at all conservative.’
    • ‘In a world of limits imposed by nature and history, libertarianism represents a powerful vision of escape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What is your position with regard to libertarianism and liberalism?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The history of libertarianism has played out in the catacombs of standard American intellectual history.’
    • ‘The primary flaw in libertarianism is that it is rooted in an ethic of utilitarianism rather than virtue ethics.’
    • ‘I'm just a bit vague on how Christian thought is applied to libertarianism in order to transform it into a unique political stance.’
    • ‘Having said that, it is important not to exaggerate the popularity of libertarianism, or its political influence.’
    independence, self-direction, self-reliance, freethinking, free thought, originality
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Its adherents believe that private morality is not the state's affair, and that therefore activities such as drug use and prostitution that arguably harm no one but the participants should not be illegal. Libertarianism shares elements with anarchism, although it is generally associated more with the political right, chiefly in the US