Can’t join Libertarian party, either

Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“I’m libertarian, uncapitalized, to separate the ethical philosophy I follow from the political party I can’t. A Libertarian, capitalized, is a member of the Libertarian Party. Ethical libertarianism is based on the recognition that no one has the right to use — or threaten — violence, personally or politically, against anyone who isn’t currently violating the life, liberty, or property of another. This is the guiding principle that distinguishes a libertarian from anyone else. Follow it and you’re libertarian; don’t and you’re not. … The Libertarian Party seems to value ‘smaller government’ over liberty or any guiding principle.” (01/05/22)