Originally Posted by [Phill]
Ron Paul isnt a libertarian. He is a states rights Republican. He is perfectly fine with civil rights abuses provided it is states and not the fed doing them.
This is incorrect. RP is not for civil rights abuses...
From wiki, "Libertarianism refers to the group of political philosophies that emphasize freedom, liberty, and voluntary association. Libertarians generally advocate a society with a government of small scope relative to most present day societies or no government whatsoever.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines libertarianism as the moral view that agents initially fully own themselves and have certain moral powers to acquire property rights in external things. Libertarian historian George Woodcock defines libertarianism as the philosophy that fundamentally doubts authority and advocates transforming society by reform or revolution. Libertarian philosopher Roderick Long defines libertarianism as "any political position that advocates a radical redistribution of power from the coercive state to voluntary associations of free individuals", whether "voluntary association" takes the form of the free market or of communal co-operatives. According to the U.S. Libertarian Party, libertarianism is the advocacy of a government that is funded voluntarily and limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence."
There are a variety of definitions of libertarianism, but I believe Ron Paul fits into each one. He constantly cites the states as being able to make their own decision on issues as that is the next logical unit of government in this country. I can't speak for him, but I would guess most libertarians would agree that an even smaller classification unit would be more effective (counties, towns, etc.) than federal or state rule.
A key component to libertarianism is the right to personal freedom and liberty. This holds true as long as one does not encroach on other's rights.
Ex. slavery - a person may believe in the merits of slavery...this belief is fine, however engaging in the practice of enslaving individuals to work (involuntarily) would encroach upon the rights of the enslaved to their body, freedom, etc.
Ron Paul is not advocating for an AC society, but rather a society where the federal government has very limited, expressed purposes...such as some type of court/legal system to uphold the rights of each individual.