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    There are some libertarians who are really anarchists, but others are more concerned about the distant relationship between themselves and power. They mistakenly think they want to get rid of government when instead they might just want to have greater access to power.
    — Zephyr Teachout
    I'm willing to zap conservatives when they do things that are not libertarian.
    — William Safire
    If you do not assume the law of non-contradiction, you have nothing to argue about. If you do not assume the principles of sound reason, you have nothing to argue with. If you do not assume libertarian free will, you have no one to argue against. If you do not assume morality to be an objective commodity, you have no reason to argue in the first place.
    — William J. Murray
    Libertarians are liberals who like markets.
    — Will Wilkinson
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    The only organized political party with a Christian vision of morality is the Libertarian Party.
    — Walter E. Williams
    I'm a bit of a Libertarian.
    — Vince Flynn
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    Ask a fellow if he favors organized prayer in the public schools. If he says 'No' he's a liberal. If he says 'Yes' he's a conservative. If he says, 'Public schools? The Constitution grants the government no power to run any mandatory tax-funded youth propaganda camps,' you have your hands on the wily libertarian.
    — Vin Suprynowicz
    There are libertarian values which say private property is the overarching value, the sanctity thereof, and there are egalitarians who say health care should be shared and so on. That's fair enough.
    — Uwe Reinhardt
    Economics is sometimes associated with the study and defense of selfishness and material inequality, but it has an egalitarian and civil libertarian core that should be celebrated.
    — Tyler Cowen
    What I would like to vote for is a candidate that is socially liberal, a fiscal conservative, broadly libertarian with a small l but sensible and pragmatic and with a chance of winning. Thats more or less the empty set.
    — Tyler Cowen
    I don't agree with the libertarians. I want my security first. I'll deal with all the details after that.
    — Trent Lott
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    We own ourselves. This is the core of a libertarian theory of rights. But on this theory, while we are at liberty to kill ourselves (regardless of the consequences of others), we are not allowed to kill others, not even if this means that there we be fewer murders in the future, totally speaking.
    — Torbjorn Tannsjo
    It is of note that even if utilitarianism has proved to be superior to deontology and the libertarian moral rights theory in the area of killing, we are not allowed to say that it has been finally vindicated; it has to face other challenges in other areas, in particular in situations of distributive justice.
    — Torbjorn Tannsjo
    Im a registered independent with a lot of libertarian leanings.
    — Tom Selleck
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    [L]et me point out that libertarians defend a tradition of liberty that is the fruit of thousands of years of human history.
    — Tom G. Palmer
    Libertarians argue that no normal adult has the right to impose choices on other normal adults, except in abnormal circumstances, such as when one person finds another unconscious and administers medical assistance or calls an ambulance.
    — Tom G. Palmer
    Libertarians recognize the inevitable pluralism of the modern world and for that reason assert that individual liberty is at least part of the common good.
    — Tom G. Palmer
    Libertarians typically argue that particular obligations, at least under normal circumstances, must be created by consent; they cannot be unilaterally imposed by others.
    — Tom G. Palmer
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    Libertarians recognize the difference between adults and children, as well as differences between normal adults and adults who are insane or mentally hindered or retarded.
    — Tom G. Palmer
    What libertarians assert is simply that differences among normal adults do not imply different fundamental rights.
    — Tom G. Palmer
    I am perfectly happy to compromise and work with anybody. Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians. I'll work with Martians. If - and the if is critical - they're willing to cut spending and reduce the debt.
    — Ted Cruz
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    I think the Republican Party has changed. I think our politics have changed. The parties have deteriorated in their strength. They decentralized. We have these new super PACs and outside organizations and the Tea Party, a libertarian movement in the Republican Party. It's very different. And I think these Republicans now are very scared.
    — Stuart Rothenberg
    Economic libertarians and Christian evangelicals, united by their common enemy, are strange bedfellows in today's Republican party, just as the two Georges - the archconservative Wallace and the uberliberal McGovern - found themselves in the same Democratic Party in 1972.
    — Steven Pinker
    But I'm very libertarian in the sense that I believe in small government and, as a general rule, I don't believe in imposing values upon people.
    — Stephen Harper
    Because the state necessarily commits aggression, the consistent libertarian, in opposing aggression, is also an anarchist.
    — Stephan Kinsella
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    The libertarian approach is a very symmetrical one: the non-aggression principle does not rule out force, but only the initiation of force. In other words, you are permitted to use force only in response to some else's use of force. If they do not use force you may not use force yourself. There is a symmetry here: force for force, but no force if no force was used.
    — Stephan Kinsella
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    Do Libertarians care about the poor? Well, we're not ladening them down with debt, we're not sending them off to God damned wars, we're not creating a permanent underclass, we're not trapping them in shitty schools where they graduate unable to read, WE DO CARE ABOUT THE POOR, and that's why we want the State out of their way!!
    — Stefan Molyneux
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    A libertarian is someone who can believe that the police are no more than a gang of thugs without realizing that in the absence of police, thugs will gather into gangs.
    — S.M. Stirling
    The libertarian thinks that this world is chiefly a stage for the swaggering ego; the conservative finds himself instead a pilgrim in a realm of mystery and wonder, where duty, discipline, and sacrifice are required-and where the reward is that love which passeth all understanding.
    — Russell Kirk
    I'm not a knee-jerk conservative. I passionately believe in free markets and less government, but not to the point of being a libertarian.
    — Rupert Murdoch
    Modern Anarcho-Syndicalism is a direct continuation of those social aspirations which took shape in the bosom of the First International and which were best understood and most strongly held by the libertarian wing of the great workers' alliance.
    — Rudolf Rocker
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    I'm always looking for an opportunity to bring progressive Democrats together with some conservative libertarian types, because there are places where we can agree.
    — Ron Paul
    Civil libertarians have raised concerns that some of the Patriot Act's provisions infringe on Constitutional rights. Those concerns are not supported by the facts.
    — Roger Wicker
    I think a lot of voters have certain cognitive dissidence. Donald Trump is getting social conservatives, economic conservatives, some Libertarian, some supply side conservatives, debt hawks. The conservative and Republican base is not monolithic. It has subsets that he seems to be appealing to all of them.
    — Roger Stone
    I am a Libertarian Republican in the Goldwater style.
    — Roger Stone
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    I'm not into the whole Austrian type, strongly libertarian economics. I like more mainstream economics.
    — Robert Sarvis
    I am really interested in who owns ideas of religion. What if I say I'm a libertarian, socialist, Occupy-supporting, anti-war, Christian? Is that a controversial idea? I don't see anything really in the original semiotics of Christianity, in the specific parable of the radical socialist Jew from Galilee who becomes the hero figure in the Homeric-word-of-mouth-gossip-novel that becomes the Bible that should make that a paradox.
    — Robert Montgomery
    We've long known that firms can pay higher wages if they spend less on workplace safety enhancement. Libertarians ask, "If a worker is willing to accept higher wages in return for his agreement to exercise greater caution while performing his job, why should the government prevent him from making that choice?" It's a rhetorically powerful question, yet it overlooks the fact that the agreement in question will have adverse effects on others.
    — Robert H. Frank
    My early work is politically anarchist fiction, in that I was an anarchist for a long period of time. I'm not an anarchist any longer, because I've concluded that anarchism is animpractical ideal. Nowadays, I regard myself as a libertarian.
    — Robert Anton Wilson
    It became quite clear to me that the Natural Law mystique, in Catholic, libertarian or neo-pagan forms, remains basically a set of rhetorical strategies to hypnotize others into the state which Bernard Shaw called "barbarism" and defined as 'the belief that the laws of one's own tribe are the laws of the universe'.
    — Robert Anton Wilson
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