Paul Mick wrote:Libertarians are conservative (politically right) on social issues but liberal (political left) on social issues. We pick the best of both worlds, and pretty much just want the government to leave us alone.
Paul, I've always argued that libertarians are just conservatives who want to smoke pot and look at porn.
Hey, more seriously, have you ever taken the Political Compass test? It's an intriguing concept that expands the too-simple left-right, blue-red, liberal-conservative dichotomy into an X-Y axis, with liberal and conservative on the horizontal axis, authoritarian and libertarian on the vertical axis.
The test is relatively simplistic - and somewhat British-accented - but it's still fascinating, and it very much holds that it's possible to be a liberal libertarian. In fact, I qualify as one, pretty far out on both axes:http://www.politicalcompass.org
Give it a try, although we probably ought to break this out as a separate thread.