Simply Libertarian

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What sort of political description fits me best? The World's Smallest Political Quiz categorized me as a Libertarian.

What is a libertarian? Here is a brief description of where I stand, politically:

LIBERTARIANS support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil libertie.

I always knew that I am not a hard-core Liberal due to my minimal support for public welfare (helping the genuine needy). However, I strongly advocate government's role as a referee in the free market. If you take an analogy from a soccer game, I believe a government shall be equipped with an absolute right to penalize (and reward) the players on the field without interfering so much with the way the ball is played. Let the rules be an organic one as agreed upon by the players themselves and enforced by the referee.

Another description of libertarian sounds very amusing to me:

"Let the good times roll…" We'll make up some rules later, after the fact, if we ever find that we need 'em.

In some ways, I think it is a good idea to let the players determine and tweak the rules of the game as they play. Through negotiations and dialogs I am sure that the best set of rules will be established accordingly.

So, what type of person are you, politically? Statistically, one third of the quiz respondents were categorized as libertarian.

PS: Yes, this was based on a super-short quiz but definitely worth trying. If you have a more thorough quiz please let me know.

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left-liberal

i am categorized as liberal (left)... yet i never feel that way.
for a more thorough political quiz, see political compass: http://www.politicalcompass.org/

The problem is that

The problem is that libertarian in the US is somehow connotated as right wing conservative. The problem is nobody really know how to level the playing field for everybody. The Liberals thinks this is where government intervention and welfare system come into place...

out of my pocket, out of my bedroom

these US-oriented definitions work for me: "conservatives": people who want government out of your pocketbook but in your bedroom, "liberals": people who want government in your pocketbook but not in your bedroom, "libertarians": those who want government out of both

A bunch of us have come out of our closets and found out - unsurprisingly- that we are libertarians: http://abgaduh.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-liberal-are-you.html

US Health care: lib-con-lib

Let me give you guys some input as well as consideration associated with the issue in US health care:

Is social medicine categorically "liberal", "conservative" or "libertarian"?
Here is somekind of "calculation" for you to decide (with other words to choose which craps is the best):

1. Last year the cost of flu vaccination was $20 per shot
2. This year is at least $25 (some other place is even $30)
3. Thus the inflation is at least 25%

1. Last year the price of laptop computer was $1100
2. This year is at most $800 (with even better capacity)
3. Thus the deflation is at least 27%

To complete this information: both laptop marketing and US health care "marketing" are not regulated by the government. US health care is not a social medicine system understood by regular Americans; because most Americans believe that "social system" is similar to "communist system". If this is the case: HEALTH CARE IS NOTHINGELSE THAN A FORCED AND LEGALIZED CHEATING!!!!Should government get involved? Should it be "liberal", "conservative" or "libertarian"? Your advise would be highly appreciated; next Tuesday I will have to vote.

CENTRIST

Right leaning CENTRIST here, apparently. But it's probably accurate, for me I find there is constant, unresolved battle in my mind between libertarianism and conservatism. Both are persuasive.

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