libertarianism

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lib·er·tar·i·an

 (lĭb′ər-târ′ē-ən)
n.
1. One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.
2. One who believes in free will.

[From liberty.]

lib′er·tar′i·an adj.
lib′er·tar′i·an·ism n.

libertarianism

1. one who advocates liberty, especially with regard to thought or conduct.
2. the philosophical doctrine of free will. Cf. necessitarianism, determinism, fatalism.libertarian, n., adj.
See also: Philosophy
1. the advocacy of freedom, especially in thought or conduct.
2. Theology. the advocacy of the doctrine of free will. See also necessitarianism. — libertarian, n., adj.
See also: Freedom
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.libertarianism - an ideological belief in freedom of thought and speech
ideology, political orientation, political theory - an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
Translations

libertarianism

[ˌlɪbəˈtɛərɪənɪzəm] N (= philosophy) → libertarismo m, doctrina f libertaria; (= personal philosophy) → ideas fpl libertarias
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But to independent scholar and journalist Hobson, John Milton was both a religious and political libertarian, a pragmatist whose prose (and to some degree his poetry) were amongst the first to assert that organized religion should wither away to free the Gospel.
Within the libertarian milieu, there is a tension between political libertarians, whose chief concern is limiting and reversing the expansion of the state and its powers, and social or cultural libertarians, whose central interest is maximizing individual opportunities and freedom of choice.
The home-schooling movement has made strange bedfellows of religious conservatives and political libertarians.