"And here is the difference between the Libertarians and the Authoritarians: the latter have no confidence in liberty; they believe in compelling people to be good, assuming that people are totally depraved; the former believe in letting people be good, and maintain that humanity grows better and better as it gains more and more liberty. If Libertarians were merely to ask that liberty be tried in any one of the other fields of human expression they would meet the same opposition as their pioneer predecessors; but such is their confidence in the advantages of liberty that they demand, not that it be tried in one more instance only, but that it be universally adopted."
Charles T. Sprading
(1871-1959) Libertarian activist, writer
Charles T. Sprading's Introduction to Liberty and the Great Libertarians; An Anthology On Liberty; A Hand-book Of Freedom (Los Angeles: The Libertarian Publishing Company, 1913)
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I choose Libertarian over the Authoritarian rule of LBJ in the 60's.
 -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    Republicans always talk about lowering taxes and spending cuts, but never seem to get around to doing it. Truth be told, Repubs and Dems are two sides of the same coin. That is just one of the reasons I am a Libertarian.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    I was along for the ride on this one until the ole progressive / neocon 'demand' raised its ugly head - just another hold over from the agent provocateur's handbook. Most of the rest is pretty accurate. To put a title to, or label on the pure libertarian, I would say that patience and long suffering would substitute 'demand'.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I can see Mike's point , but is there nothing a Libertarian can 'demand' without losing Liberty in the process? And since Libertarians assert that their 'rights' are inherent and inalienable, may they not 'demand' that their rights be respected and to 'demand' justice when they are violated? I think it is high time that we DEMAND justice. Patience and long-suffering is more a Christian tenet in that it is believed that one day, the Lord will save us -- for Libertarians, I do not think we can wait that long -- it is a defeatist attitude to believe that man is depraved and corrupted and that there can be no liberty in this world -- this is not the belief of Libertarians. Liberty may be an ideal, but I am not waiting for it to happen -- we must take a stand, individually and collectively -- we cannot demand others join us, but we do not have to acquiesce and suffer quietly while we are consumed. Live Free or Die! (is that a demand?) ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Archer, you're absolutely right, thank you for help expanding and clarifying what I was saying; there is a time and place for 'DEMAND' - jury nullification, and the individual sovereign knowledgeable in how to present himself in court (straw-man, asserting complete rights, correct procedure, etc.) comes to mind. Also, DEMANDING our inferiors represent 'We The People' as sovereign superior individuals instead of genuflecting to the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land. An extreme / pro-active approach with a, your rights end at my nose attitude, is sorely needed to reclaim a semblance of freedom and liberty. It seemed the 'demand' here was crossing the line into just another call to tyranny.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Indoctrinations of socialism, and the mystery of iniquity in the Christian community. Doubt is the tool of tyranny. Regardless of the pulpit it is preached from. Herein lies the need for the separation of church and state, regarding liberty and freedom of the individual. 
    " The substance and essence of Christianity, as I understand it, is eternal and unchangeable, and will bear examination forever.
    Extraneous ingredients, which I think will not bear examination, and they ought to be separated." John Adams. 
     -- Ronw13, OR     
    The common theme of socialists and religionists is 'assuming that people are totally depraved.'  Fallen man, never to raise himself up is the con of popes and monarchs, they making themselves the wardens of a depraved populace by divine 'right.'  Similar to the victim-consciousness used to rally the socialists.  All in need of 'saving.'  This is a corruption of the truth that has kept humankind under the thumb for centuries.  The shackles of the mind are the hardest to unlock.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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