Libertarianism is a political philosophy that upholds the principle of individual liberty, or individualism. The word libertarian is an antonym of authoritarian. Libertarians maintain that all persons are the absolute owners of their own lives, and should be free to do whatever they wish with their persons or property, provided they allow others the same liberty. Part of the philosophy includes the non-aggression principle which includes opposing parents doing physical and verbal violence against children.
Many people in the alt-right such as Morrakiu identify as libertarian, and Alex Jones does as well, however many politicians claiming to be libertarians are frauds. Politicians who are fraudulently libertarians are actually neoliberal mixed with some Cultural Marxism. Stefan Molyneux has criticized libertarian politicians for being open borders when mass immigration leads to the violation of the non-aggression principle because governments rob money from citizens to pay welfare to invaders.
In continental Europe, and to a lesser extent Ireland and Britain, the older political meaning of libertarianism prevails as a synonym for anarchism, adapted in late 19th century France as a term that would be more acceptable to the authorities. Stefen Molyneux, for instance, identifies as anarcho-capitalist rather than libertarian. Molyneux believes rather than limited government, there should be no government at all.
Libertarian author and politician Harry Browne wrote: "We should never define Libertarian positions in terms coined by liberals or conservatives – nor as some variant of their positions. We are not fiscally conservative and socially liberal. We are Libertarians, who believe in individual liberty and personal responsibility on all issues at all times. You can depend on us to treat government as the problem, not the solution." There is some overlap between paleoconservatism and libertarianism in the USA because the early USA was based on small, limited government, however a paleoconservative would want laws to enforce traditional moral codes.