Libertarianism is becoming more popular for a variety of reasons. Libertarians are becoming more popular as others decline. There are many people who agree with Libertarian economists. I think of economists like Rothbard, Woods, Sowell, and Friedman.When I think of devout Libertarian politicians, I think of Ron Paul, Justin Amash, Gary Johnson, and Rand Paul. Personally, I don't subscribe to Libertarianism wholly but I agree with many of the core elements espoused. But respect needs to be given.
I think that Crowdsource would have done better to have spelled out DDO as opposed to abbreviating it because their are many different DDO possibilities but if it is talking about the DDO that I think it is then yes it is by far the most dominant in that context.
Libertarianism has always been popular with individuals and it is very much an intellectuals position in many cases. The problem is, it is not a supported or encouraged platform with the main stream media and is therefore downplayed or made to sound extreme. Competing interest with progressive politics does not allow healthy competition. I like that you used Milton Friedman as your image. For those of you who are not aware of him, check him out in this short video. Chances are you will love him...
This question is about whether “Libertarianism is the most dominant intellectual strand on DDO?”
We will have to assume that those who would vote for the Libertarian party believe it is the most dominant intellectual party.
Since I am pretty sure Tophatdoc is very conservative, I will use the most conservative Think Tank in the World – “Cato Institute, which has a Libertarian political affiliation for my data.
This is from the “How Many Libertarian Voters Are There?” written by David Boaz who works at the Cato Institute.
“In our new study, David Kirby and I round up various estimates on the number of libertarian-leaning voters. Our own calculation, 14 percent, is actually the lowest estimate.”
“Libertarians say they're the third largest political party”
"The Libertarian Party is the third-largest organized political party in the United States and has seen tremendous growth over the last two years as many Democrats and Republicans have become disenchanted with their respective parties." (The article was written by Karl Dickey who serves on the Libertarian Party of Florida’s executive committee and represents Broward, Palm Beach and Hendry counties.) We found a similar claim on the Libertarian Party of Broward website that the party is "the third-largest political party in the U.S."
“We wanted to explore the numbers and the power of the Libertarian Party. Is it the third-largest party in the country?”
“We’ve looked at the numbers of Libertarians in the past. But as Sen. Rand Paul -- a Kentucky Republican with a libertarian outlook -- makes headlines as a potential 2016 presidential contender, it seemed like a good time to revisit the numbers.”
“Libertarian activists and political scientists we contacted suggested the same source: Richard Winger, a Libertarian in California and editor of a monthly newsletter, Ballot Access News, which includes data on party registration that Winger researches.”
“His December issue showed there were 325,807 registered Libertarians nationwide. (About half the states tally Libertarians, Winger’s data shows.)”
“The number of registered Libertarians was higher than other national third parties including the Green, Constitution or Reform parties.”
“But with Democrats’ registration at 43.5 million and Republicans at 41.3 million according to Winger’s data, that puts any third-place finisher trailing way behind.”
Statistically it might be so, but there are so many definitions it is hard to know if we all mean the same thing. For me it is about freedom of individual choice WITH A STRONG DOSE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS. I would say my type of libertarian is against unnecessary laws, but for capitol punishment. My type if libertarian is for less welfare, less prisons, less rules, and more individual responsibility to work and make your own way.