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Libertarians and the culture war

Libertarianism can be summed up in the motto ‘live and let live’. Libertarianism is about freedom to live according your own preferences and principles, and respecting the equal rights of others live according to theirs. Libertarians reject much or all of the state for breaching that core concept – we rightly see that the state is often used as a vehicle for one group of people forcing their preferences onto others, when those disagreements should be resolved outside of the coercive power of the state. Disagreement is to be resolved by debate and discussion, not through sending armed agents of the state to shut you down, and if we cannot agree then we agree to disagree and go our separate ways. One of the core strengths of the wide and deep civil society arrangement that libertarians favour is that there is a place for everyone, and people who fundamentally disagree

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