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Right-libertarianism or right libertarianism is a phrase used by some to describe non-collectivist and pro-private property forms of libertarianism.[1] Some libertarians use it to describe libertarian views labeled "right" of mainstream libertarianism on national defense or moral issues, including especially "libertarian conservatism."

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy calls it "right libertarianism" but states: "Libertarianism is often thought of as 'right-wing' doctrine. This, however, is mistaken for at least two reasons. First, on social—rather than economic—issues, libertarianism tends to be 'left-wing'. It opposes laws that restrict consensual and private sexual relationships between adults (e.g., gay sex, non-marital sex, and deviant sex), laws that restrict drug use, laws that impose religious views or practices on individuals, and compulsory military service. Second, in addition to the better-known version of libertarianism—right-libertarianism—there is also a version known as 'left-libertarianism'. Both endorse full self-ownership, but they differ with respect to the powers agents have to appropriate unappropriated natural resources (land, air, water, etc.)."[2]

Anthony Gregory writes that "left- and right-libertarianism can refer to any number of varying and at times mutually exclusive political orientations." He lists some of the right wing references as: being "interested mainly in 'economic freedoms'"; following the "conservative lifestyle of right-libertarians"; seeking "others to embrace their own conservative lifestyle"; considering big business "as a great victim of the state"; favoring a "strong national defense"; having "an Old Right opposition to empire." He holds that the real issue is not right or left but "whether a person sees the state as a major hazard or just another institution to be reformed and directed toward a political goal."[3]

Samuel Edward Konkin III defined the term "right-libertarianism" as an "activist, organization, publication or tendency which supports parliamentarianism exclusively as a strategy for reducing or abolishing the state, typically opposes Counter-Economics, either opposes the LP or works to drag it right and prefers coalitions with supposedly “free-marketconservatives.[4] He wrote in "New Libertarian Manifesto" about the right-libertarian "anti-principles" of gradualism, conservatism, reformism and minarchism. He labeled as "right-libertarianism" libertarian conservatism, constitutionalism, small government conservatism and paleolibertarianism.[5][6]

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