Three political choices: Left, right, and libertarian. The libertarian way gives options, in politics, in business, in your personal life. Libertarians advocate a high degree of both personal and economic liberty. Today's liberals like personal liberty but want government to control our economic affairs, to make equal outcomes, not equal opportunity. Conservatives usually advocate more economic freedom, less government control, but also support the rule of law and less freedom regarding abortion, drugs, and vice. This may be due to a higher percent of religiously observant conservatives. . Libertarian positions on the issues are not "left" or "right" or a combination of the two. Libertarians believe that, on many issues, you have the right to decide for yourself what's best for you and to act on that belief so long as you respect the right of other people to do the same and deal with them peacefully and honestly. However, they do not influence democrat politics as much as they do Republican politics." . Actually, true conservatives tend to be libertarian on economic issues, and true liberals tend to be libertarian on social issues," says Sharon Harris, president of the Advocates for Self-Government. "The consistency is to the extent to which one believes in individual liberty. This is what I call the Libertarian Denominator." . Unfortunately, libertarians are not presently organized into a party that makes a dent in national elections. Until they field winning candidates in local and state elections, they will be an influence only, primarily on the right.
The difference between conservatism and libertarian is in the form of social and political ideology. For instance, libertarians believe in minimizing government to be small and as powerless as possible. Therefore, they would want fewer defenses. On the other hand, conservatives believe in ideal social ideology and maximum defense. Visit http://reason.com/archives/2010/06/08/conservatives-v-libertarians for details.