Famous Libertarians

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Feeling political? Check out this list of famous libertarians, with photos. A libertarian is a follower of libertarianism and likely a member of the Libertarian Party, the third largest political party in the United States. Libertarians believe first and foremost in the rights of the individual, that individuals "have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose." (Quoted from their party platform.) They are often described as "socially liberal, fiscally conservative". While Republicans and Democrats may debate what government's role should be in America, Libertarians want the government to be as small and unobtrusive as possible.

Many point to Thomas Jefferson as the ideal Libertarian. Today, Libertarians are frequently fans of politicians like Congressman Ron Paul. It is often difficult to surmise which political party an individual belongs to. Suffice to say, the individuals on this list have all exhibited libertarian beliefs in their public lives. These famous Libertarian musicians, actors, and prominent figures have all ascribed themselves to Libertarian values, at least at one point in their lives. Hollywood Libertarians like Clint Eastwood eschew the tradition Democratic leanings of other stars to stand by their beliefs in Libertarian dogma. Even if you don't know much about the political party, you've definitely heard of these well-known Libertarians. Check them out!

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Rutland-5-2 Vermont Representative District, 2002–2012, Rutland City, Rutland-5-4 Vermont Representative District, 2002–2012, + more
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer
    • Credits: Dream Season Celebrity
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    • Age: Died at 64 (1943-2007)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, + more
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Theatrical producer, Film Producer, Political Activist, + more
    • Credits: Trading Places, The Rose, Teachers, America: Freedom to Fascism, Wise Guys, + more
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    Abdul Hakim-Shabazz

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States of America
    • Profession: Singer-songwriter
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    • Age: Died at 68 (1943-2011)
    • Profession: Journalist, Political scientist
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    • Age: Died at 75 (1870-1945)
    • Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Scranton, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Profession: Journalist
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    Alfred Bester
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1913-1987)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Novelist, Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Author, + more
    • Credits: Murder and the Android
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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Smithtown, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Presenter
    • Credits: Red Eye
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    • Age: age 34
    • Profession: Songwriter, Writer
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    Arlo Guthrie
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Activist, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Woodstock, Alice's Restaurant, Roadside Prophets, The Byrds of Paradise, Sacco and Vanzetti, + more
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    Ayn Rand
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1905-1982)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Philosopher, Playwright
    • Credits: Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Atlas Shrugged: Part II, The Fountainhead, Love Letters, Gawaahi, + more
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    • Age: Died at 84 (1929-2013)
    • Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
    • Profession: Lecturer, Writer
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    Barbara Vroman

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    Baret Eugene Hansen

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    Barrett Seaman

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    Bart Kosko
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America
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    Ben Harper
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: California, Contiguous United States, Area code 909, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist
    • Credits: The Rider and the Storm, Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Brave Miss World, I'm In I'm Out and I'm Gone: The Making of Get Up!
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    Ben Way
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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Exeter, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Actor
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    Bernard von NotHaus

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