2012: US In Massive Pro-Libertarian Legal Shift, LI Activists

Since November 2012 LI activists have been clocking up victories and evidencing what the press has predicted as a pro-libertarian shift in the US, especially on the social side.

  • Pot legalization or decriminalization is several states
  • Gay and Bi marriage victories are becoming accepted as routine
  • Open carry legalization is spreading
  • Home school legalizatioon is near complete
  • Growing emphasis on whether programs actually work

What is key is more people seem to be citing libertarian or voluntary principles as policy and moral justification. One example:


Americans are turning increasingly libertarian in their social and economic philosophies, a new CNN poll has found.

The poll has tracked American libertarian tendencies since 1993. Sixty-three percent of respondents—an all-time high—said that the government is doing too many things better left to the private sector.

A majority of voters also said the government should not favor any particular set of social values.

Nate Silver at the New York Times notes that this data matches up with a palpable libertarian shift in American political discourse in recent years:

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/americans-are-increasingly-libertarian-cnn-poll-shows-2011-6#ixzz2RhMUhLEG

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