How many libertarians are there? Retweet
By Perry Willis
If you’re like most libertarians I’ve met, you probably think that we cannot create a more libertarian society because…
A. We are too few in number
B. We must convert millions of hard-core left-statists and right-statists
You may also feel despair after many failed attempts to cause such conversions. But what if I told you that such heavy lifting isn’t needed?
Consider this evidence…
- A Reuters survey finds that 1-in-5 Americans — 64 million people! — self-identify as libertarians, while having a decent understanding of what the word means!
- A study by the Public Religion Research Institute adds credibility. It identified 22 million people as “hardcore libertarian,” and 48 million as libertarian-leaning. 22 + 48 = 70 – very close to the 64 million found by Reuters.
But surely those people aren’t real libertarians, like you are, right?
- Only a very few of them are what I call limited-state libertarians — people who want to limit The State to police, courts, and defense. Ron Paul is a good example of a limited-state libertarian.
- Even fewer are voluntaryist libertarians — people who apply the Zero Aggression Principle to all issues.
- Most are probably only sector libertarians — people who would land in the libertarian sector of a Nolan Chart quiz, like our Political Conscience Test. LP presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Senator Rand Paul are decent examples of sector libertarians.
But even sector libertarians are people who would move the country in a libertarian direction, if only they could be mobilized for that purpose.
Sector libertarians are also people who might be susceptible to adopting limited-state or voluntaryist positions, if only they were exposed to good reasons for doing so.
This is why we created the Zero Aggression Project. We want to…
- Use clever interactive tools to find out who the libertarians are.
- Share key libertarian ideas with these people so as to deepen their libertarianism.
- Sell them on a strategy that will inspire them to action.
No other group has made this package of tactics their primary focus. If you want to discover thousands, and eventually millions of libertarians, activate them, and even move a chunk of them in a voluntaryist direction, then the Zero Aggression Project is what you’ve been waiting for.
Perry Willis is the co-creator of the Zero Aggression Project.