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For you people that don’t actually know what you are talking about when you opine on libertarianism, here is the philosophy of libertarianism in a nutshell, by the founder of the Foundation for Economic Education, Leonard E Read. Emphasis is mine.

…to pursue his ambition to the full extent of his abilities, regardless of race or creed or family background.

…to associate with whom he pleases for any reason he pleases, even if someone else thinks it’s a stupid reason.

…to worship God in his own way, even if it isn’t ‘orthodox.’

…to choose his own trade and to apply for any job he wants — and to quit his job if he doesn’t like it or if he gets a better offer.

…to go into business for himself, be his own boss, and set his own hours of work — even if it’s only three hours a week.

to use his honestly acquired property or savings in his own way — spend it foolishly, invest it wisely, or even give it away.

…to offer his services or products for sale on his own terms, even if he loses money on the deal.

to buy or not to buy any service or product offered for sale, even if the refusal displeases the seller.

…to disagree with any other person, even when the majority is on the side of the other person.

…to study and learn whatever strikes his fancy, as long as it seems to him worth the cost and effort of studying and learning it.

…to do as he pleases in general, as long as he doesn’t infringe the equal right and opportunity of every other person to do as he pleases.

The above, in a nutshell, is the way of life which the libertarian philosophy commends. It means no special privilege from government for anyone. It is the way of individual liberty, of the free market, of private property, of government limited to securing these rights equally for all.

So, no — libertarianism isn’t racist; it is the least racist of the big political theories in the United States — it doesn’t pander to race, gender, or anything else. You don’t get special treatment. You also don’t get treated like you are worth less, and hence need the Democrat Party to swoop in and “help you”, either.

It relies on treating people like adults — even if you are a screw up. If you fail, it requires you pick yourself up, learn from it, and drive on.

It requires real tolerance of people’s religious and intellectual beliefs, whether you agree, think they’re stupid, or are offended by the actions of others. It does not require acceptance of your ideas.

It acknowledges that your labor is made manifest in money and property, and that — as an adult — you have the right to dispose of it however you please, and not to be dispossessed of it. You cannot be force to “give it” to someone or a group. You cannot be force to buy a product or service you do not want. (Obamacare.)

It means having the sack to live your life without demanding others take care of you, without requiring people to live the way you want them to live, without relying on the government to tip the scales to make your business ventures successful. It’s the Golden Rule. And it works.

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