A few times in the past I've come across individuals that associate libertarianism with conservatives, or the GOP, and I've had to occasionally go off topic to explain why that's incorrect. I figured I'd start a thread in hopes of demonstrating what libertarianism really is, and why the GOP/Republicans/Conservatives aren't libertarianism: To start with: From Stanford Ok. So let's look at what distinguishes right/left: Alright, so what about anarchism? So whew. Kind of long but I think it's highlights quite clearly that: A. libertarianism isn't the same thing as anarchy B. What a right/left libertarian is C. Libertarianism is not related to the GOP D. Libertarianism is much more likely to be sympathetic toward the "left wing" And these are important components for proper understanding of this philosophy. An important consideration: With that being said, I hope you now have a better understanding of what libertarianism is.