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Do you think Barry Goldwater can be credited as the father of the libertarian movement in the United States?

  • Historians might attribute Libertarian involvement to as far back as Benjamin Franklin

    If you have time to observe what is on the original coins, probably the nickel from between 1779 and 1879, it does not say "With liberty and justice for all", or whatever. It does say, "Mind your business". This is an early attempt to display that a household should take care of its own.

  • Not the father

    I don't think that you can credit Barry Goldwater as being the father of the libertarian movement, but he definitely had a lot of impact. This "Mr. Conservative" definitely promoted libertarian ideas by trying to limit regulation and keep government out of business. He was a huge proponent, but not the father.

  • He was better than a Libertarian could ever be

    I have a great deal of respect for Barry Goldwater, and I would never insult his legacy by crediting him as the father of the libertarian movement in the United States. Barry Goldwater was a dedicated public servant who worked for the betterment of the people of the United States, not some selfish Lib jerk who hated his neighbors.

  • Barry Goldwater can not be credited as the father of the libertarian movement in the United States.

    Barry Goldwater can not be credited as the father of the libertarian movement in the United States. The libertarian movement happened recently and he was not a part of it. He was part of the Ronald Regan days in office and the movement had not happened during that time in office.

  • He didn't have much support.

    No, Barry Goldwater cannot be credited as the father of the libertarian movement in the United States, because the libertarian movement is much more recent in the United States than Barry Goldwater. In Goldwater's day, the libertarians were still trying to work within the confines of the Republican party. With Reagan's election, that was still possible. The libertarians broke off much later than Goldwater. He was still mainstream.


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