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Misinformation On Libertarianism: It’s Working




Are you a libertarian?  And do you actually know what the term means?  If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, you’re in a pretty exclusive club …

Only 11 percent of Americans describe themselves as libertarians – and  know what the term means.  That’s according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center, which released the results of its annual “political typology and polarization survey” this week.

Here’s the kicker, though … the researchers found that “in some cases, the political views of self-described libertarians differ modestly from those of the general public; in others there are no differences at all.”

Hmmmm …

“When it comes to attitudes about the size and scope of government, people who say the term libertarian describes them well (and who are able to correctly define the term) are somewhat more likely than the public overall to say government regulation of business does more harm than good (56 percent vs. 47 percent),” the pollsters say.  “However, about four-in-ten libertarians say that government regulation of business is necessary to protect the public interest (41 percent).”

With regard to individual liberty the numbers are even stronger – with 82 percent of self-described libertarians saying “Americans shouldn’t have to give up privacy and freedom in order to be safe from terrorism.”  That compares to 74 percent of the general public.

Both strong numbers …

Americans want government out of their business and personal lives  … so why aren’t more of them identifying with the party that supports this view?  Or at the very least electing more candidates who support this view?

Well a big part of the problem is the corporate-run media … which continues to ignore/ misrepresent the libertarian movement and those politicians who advance its tenets.  Take Ron Paul, whose 2012 campaign was shunned by the press despite his solid performances in early-voting Iowa.

And if the legacy press can no longer ignore a candidate, they’ll portray them as out-of-the-mainstream … even if their views prove correct.

It’s all about presenting voters with a fait accompli … a choice that really isn’t a choice.

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