This post won’t be a scholarly enunciation either of Libertarian philosophy nor of Socialism (and all its sibiling labels). Rather, it is meant, partly in a light-hearted manner, to list out the main items of difference between the two schools and their adherents.
Disclaimer: Contains some broad generalizations but those more well-versed in the subject than I am, I’m sure will tend to agree.
Libertarian: Believes in minimal state interference in people’s lives
Socialist: Looks to the State as mai-baap
Libertarian: Believes in economics as the Prime Mover of a society/nation.
Socialist: Advocates the State as the Prime Mover of economics.
Libertarian: Trusts that people given the liberty, usually end up doing things beneficial to each other.
Socialist: Believes special people were made to guide the rest to decide on their behalf, what’s good for them.
Libertarian: Looks at state interference as a hurdle and/or creator of problems.
Socialist: Argues for more state interference as a solution to the problem which was created owing precisely to state interference.
Libertarian: Relies on reasoning, and the scientific method of analyzing a problem.
Socialist: Relies on anecdotal evidence and emotive outburst to approach a problem.
Libertarian: Emphasizes on economic activity for increasing societal prosperity.
Socialist: Emphasizes on social justice as a substitute for economic activity to achieve egalitarianism.
Libertarian: Understands people are endowed with different skills and talents and are therefore rewarded accordingly.
Socialist: Seeks to “equalize” these for the “greater benefit of the society.”
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