A Short Note on Libertarianism

by Guinandra Jatikusumo

How do you call a person who supports Obama’s approach to LGBT rights but agrees with Romney’s proposal to deregulate Wall Street by overhauling the Dodd-Frank Act? A libertarian–according to Daniel Moseley of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

…it is commonly held that libertarians are economically conservative and socially liberal…

I have not done any thorough research, but some (American scholars) believe that the coexistence of the two ideologies–fiscal conservatism and social liberalism–is inherently paradoxical. In the United States and around the world, it seems to be difficult to conceive a government that reduces both non-military and military spending at the same time; consequently, the party is extremely under-represented in any political spectrum.

Or, there might be a lot of people supporting the idea. It is just that they do not bother incrementally climbing up the ladder until its recognition is on par with that of the typical right & left political parties. This Wikipedia list shows that most libertarian parties were established in the early 2000s or late 1990s, except the one in the U.S. I can imagine how huge a collective action is needed to inculcate potential voters with the party’s considerably novel ideology.

Side note: after perusing the ideologies of Indonesia’s political parties promoted during the 2009 elections (there were 38 parties involved!), I can not find any implicit and explicit statements regarding their support and/or opposition to libertarianism. This lives up to my expectation.