The following is republished here by express permission of Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute. It appeared on his blog International Liberty on Dec. 11, 2014. One of the main reasons I decided to repost it here is because of Dan's elegant description of the reason he is a libertarian instead of a conservative. It's something I have had to explain on many occasions, but I've never done it as well as he has in just a few short sentences.
"Which is a good description of why I’m a libertarian notwithstanding my personal conservatism.
I don’t like drugs, but I’m not willing to let someone else get killed because they have a different perspective.
I don’t like gambling, but I don’t want another person to die because they want to play cards.
I don’t like prostitution, but it’s awful to think someone could lose his life because he paid for sex."
The rest of the post is worth your time as well.
We Need Fewer Laws: Over-Criminalization Hurts the Innocent and Empowers Government
December 11, 2014 by Dan Mitchell