This outline of libertarianism (from Latin libertas, meaning "freedom") is provided as an overview of and topical guide to libertarianism, which is a collection of political philosophies and movements that upholds liberty as its principal objective. Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association and the primacy of individual judgment.
Libertarianism has many overlapping schools of thought, all focused on smaller government and greater individual responsibility. As interpretations of the guiding non-aggression principle vary, some libertarian schools of thought promote the total abolition of government while others promote a smaller government which does not initiate force. Some seek private ownership of all property and natural resources while others promote communal ownership of all natural resources and varying degrees of private property.
These are concepts which although not necessarily exclusive to libertarianism are significant in historical and modern libertarian circles.
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