Libertarianism and “Generations”

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by Thomas L Knapp

“Over the last few years, I’ve run into a number of individuals — most of them, just to be clear, fine libertarian thinkers and activists — who identify themselves as ‘second-generation libertarians.’ I take this to mean that one or both of their parents are/were libertarians, and that they were raised in an environment where libertarianism was discussed and/or taught, and/or exemplified. I don’t like the term ‘nth-generation libertarian.’ Libertarianism is a philosophy, not an eye color. It’s not something genetically inherited or magically transmitted. Even if it’s discussed, taught, or exemplified, it has to be knowingly accepted or adopted.” (07/08/21)