By Lee Enochs
What is Libertarianism and why is this question relevant in the contemporary American political climate today? Does Liberty really matter? In recent years, Libertarianism, a political and economic philosophy and movement that stresses personal freedom and autonomy from state control, taxation and interference, individualism, military non-interventionism and free-market capitalism has achieved significant notoriety nationwide.
Avowed Libertarian politicians Ron and Rand Paul have both helped interject the principles of Libertarianism into the national political discourse though their highly publicized political careers and Presidential campaigns.
Yet, Libertarianism as a national movement is much bigger than the significant influence of Ron and Rand Paul as evidenced by the fact that in the 2012 Presidential election, Libertarian Party candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson garnered over a million votes nationwide.
That Libertarianism is gaining traction throughout America, this year, Fox News has decided to broadcast nationally a Libertarian Party Presidential debate hosted by acclaimed pundit and gadfly John Stossel.
There are many contributing factors for the spike in interest in Libertarianism in America today. After almost a decade of the big government activities of Barack Obama, many Americans are interested in the Libertarian goals of reducing the size and scope of the federal government and eradicating the national debt.
Many Americans reject political progressiveness and are craving personal freedom and autonomy in order to pursue their own personal and economic dreams. Libertarianism emphasizes minimal government and maximum personal freedom for every American.
Because Liberty matters, Libertarianism is an attractive option and is gaining followers across America today.