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Libertarianism vs. social conservatism

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4/17/2014 3:06:58 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
in my mind, libertarianism is the philosophy of liberty, very closely related to anarchism and minarchism. However, it sometimes seems to me that, in the public mind, libertarianism is considered just an extra greedy form of right-wing conservatism.

Am I reading the public mind correctly? When I use the word "libertarianism" in a conversation with mainstream types, am I invoking Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, et. al., or can I assume that they will understand that I am invoking something that goes beyond them, i.e., Rothbard, Rand, etc. If the answer is the former, what is an eloquent way of connoting the later meaning without being too verbose?
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