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A libertarian Democrat is a person who generally supports and upholds a libertarian philosophy while being a member of the Democratic Party of the United States,[1][2][3] and may be referred to as a "libertarian progressive" or "classical liberal." The opinions of libertarian Democrats may differ on some issues from those of members of the Libertarian Party of the United States.



Libertarian Democrats support personal liberty, economic liberty, limited government and social responsibility.[4]

They believe in protecting:

  • Constitutional rights, particularly the ability of citizens to control their own bodies;
  • Economic liberties, particularly the ability of citizens to control the fruits of their labor; and
  • Limited government which provides only necessary services which citizens can't provide themselves.

For example, they are more likely than most Democrats to support tax cuts, the right to keep and bear arms, equal marriage rights, and the decriminalization of marijuana. They are also more likely to restrict government-provided services to only "necessary services that cannot currently be provided adequately by the non-government sector (non-profit or for-profit groups)."[4] They are more likely than most Libertarians to support some antitrust policy for land and natural resources, but also support "free-market solutions to environmental problems."[5]


Libertarian Democrats have been a part of U.S. politics since the early 19th century when Presidents Jefferson and Jackson, U.S. Rep. Davy Crockett of Tennessee and civil-rights activist Moorfield Storey supported libertarianism.[6] In the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, President Cleveland supported the libertarianism of classical liberalism. The rise of New Deal Democrats in the 20th century marginalized libertarian Democrats briefly until their prominent members including Sen. William Proxmire of Wisconsin were elected.


The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) was founded in 1996 by Hanno Beck, Mike O'Mara and former Libertarian Andrew Spark.[5] The caucus maintains a platform,[4] a list of principles,[7] a guide for activists[8] and includes 28 state chairs and regional representatives.[9]

Politicians and media personalities

Current politicians with libertarian Democratic ideas include:

Current media personalities with libertarian Democratic ideas include:

See also


  1. ^ "Reclaiming our Jeffersonian liberal heritage, with a back to the future re-branding of the Democratic Party". (Washington: Terry Michael). 2006-07-04. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  2. ^ "Now Playing at Interview with a libertarian Democrat". (Mountain View, Calif.: YouTube LLC). 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  3. ^ "Libertarian Democrats". (Washington: Democratic National Committee). Unknown. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  4. ^ a b c "DFC Platform". (Somerville, Mass.: Democratic Freedom Caucus). Unknown. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  5. ^ a b "Another Approach: The Democratic Freedom Caucus". (Woodbridge, Va.: The Free Liberal). 2005-04-14. Retrieved 2007-09-16.  
  6. ^ "The Party of Jefferson: What the Democrats can learn from a dead libertarian lawyer". (Los Angeles: Reason Magazine). December 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  7. ^ "Principles of the DFC". (Somerville, Mass.: Democratic Freedom Caucus). Unknown. Retrieved 2009-10-15.  
  8. ^ "Guide for Activists". (Somerville, Mass.: Democratic Freedom Caucus). Unknown. Retrieved 2009-10-15.  
  9. ^ "DFC State Chairs and Regional Representatives". (Somerville, Mass.: Democratic Freedom Caucus). Unknown. Retrieved 2009-10-15.  
  10. ^ "Russ Feingold Doesn’t Disappoint". 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2009-11-01.  
  11. ^ a b c d e "The Libertarian Dem". (Berkeley, Calif.: Kos Media LLC). 2006-06-07. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  12. ^ a b "The Libertarian Democrat: This Year's Jackalope". (Los Angeles: Reason Magazine). 2006-06-16. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  13. ^ a b "Third Party Coming". (New York: Free-Market News Network Corp.). 2006-06-19. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  14. ^ "Mike Gravel on the Issues". Retrieved 2009-11-01.  
  15. ^ "G.K. Butterfield on the Issues". Retrieved 2009-11-01.  
  16. ^ "Paul Hodes on the Issues". Retrieved 2009-11-01.  
  17. ^ "Mike Thompson on the Issues". Retrieved 2009-11-01.  
  18. ^ "Democratic Freedom Caucus » Endorsements". Democratic Freedom Caucus. Retrieved 2009-11-01.  
  19. ^ "Whatever Happened to the Libertarian Democrat?". (Los Angeles: Reason Magazine). 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  20. ^ "Denis Leary - Friend of libertarianism". Advocates for Self Government. Retrieved 2009-11-01.  
  21. ^ "Is Bill Maher a libertarian?". (New York: Salon Media Group Inc.). 2001-08-01. Retrieved 2009-09-30.  
  22. ^ "Bill Maher Still Secure In ABC Slot, At Least Now". The New York Times (New York: The New York Times Co.). 2001-10-08. Retrieved 2009-09-30.  
  23. ^ "Why Won't the Dems Show Some Leadership on Iraq?". (Los Angeles: Reason Magazine). 2007-01-11. Retrieved 2009-07-16.  
  24. ^ "Kos is no libertarian". (Iowa City, Iowa: Homeland Stupidity). 2006-06-07. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  25. ^ "Markos Moulitsas: The Case for the Libertarian Democrat". Cato Unbound (Washington: Cato Institute). 2006-10-02. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  

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