Social Libertarianism

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Not to be confused with Bleeding-Heart Libertarianism.

"The United States should provide an annual income of $12,000 for each American aged 18–64, with the amount indexed to increase with inflation. It would require a constitutional supermajority to modify or amend. ... The poverty line is currently $11,770. We would essentially be bringing all Americans to the poverty line and alleviate gross poverty."

Social Libertarianism, clipped to SocBert, is a civically libertarian, economically variable (ranges from Center-Left to Center-Right) ideology that leans culturally left. It advocates for a robust decentralized government and social welfare. SocBert believes that both Negative liberty (i.e. freedom to do stuff) and Positive liberty (i.e. freedom from forces such as poverty, bad health, and pollution) are equally important or Real freedom (i.e. negative freedom with possess the resources or capacities actually to carry out their will) is important and therefore libertarian ideology should be reformed to view liberty & justice as being free from all forms of domination instead of only freedom from the state. Socbert tends to agree with libertarianism on most issues, but disagrees on economics and welfare, believing that a welfare state (ideally through universal basic income or a negative income tax) and some forms of regulation are needed to guarantee positive liberties. Social Libertarians either support regular social democratic economic polices ( Libertarian Social Democracy) or social capitalism ( Yangism), depending on which variant.

Furthermore, most SocBerts are against foreign intervention. However, that isn’t always true, with Andrew Yang advocating for interventionists like Chris Christie or Dean Phillips.

Beliefs

Social libertarianism is a political philosophy that endorses individual liberties, limited government, and a social market economy through culturally progressive reforms and decentralization. It is considered center-left to centrist within the context of the political spectrum however some variants lean center-right. They support the expansion of civil liberties and equal opportunities through the common good, which corresponds with their individualistic philosophy. Social libertarianism advocates for a robust decentralized limited government and social welfare commonly through the means of UBI or NIT. Some Social Libertarians believe in other policies and beliefs such as geo-distributistism but all follow the same core tenants which constitutes the ideology of Social Libertarianism.

Core tenants of Social Libertarianism include:

Social-Market Economy & Welfare

Social Libertarians would ideally be inclined to use a Social-Market economic system which combines a free-market capitalist economic system alongside social policies and enough regulation to establish both fair competition within the market and generally a welfare state. Furthermore, this economic system would allow things such as private property, free trade, free market, market competition, mild to moderate economic interventionism, and a welfare state. Most Social Libertarians agree that a suitable method to fund the welfare state would be Land Value Taxation , Government revenues from public enterprises and even in some instances Value Added Taxation.

The most well known welfare policies that Social Libertarians all advocate for is universal basic income or a negative income tax, however some more left-leaning variants would advocate for a more robust system intertwining Single Payer Healthcare or Universal Catastrophic Coverage, Free Public Education and in some instances paid-for social housing. The aim of the Welfare state or social-safety nets is not to subsidise complacency as most Libertarians would put it, but to ensure everyone has an equal starting line when participating in the competitive free market which is prone to contain inequalities and dominion over the individual which violates a person's individual liberty and disallows fair competition.

Individual Liberty

Social Libertarians believe that Negative liberty and Positive liberty are equally important or Real Freedom is important; through this philosophy an ideal Social Libertarian government should provide basic necessities to guard people from domination whether that would be from Poverty or damages to the Environment. This would be done through implementing regulations which would prevent corporations from violating a persons liberty and protecting them from unfair domination, however regulations which if were not present would not violate a persons individual liberty are deemed unnecessary.

Decentralisation

As in the name, Social Libertarians advocate for a decentralised small government which minimally interferes or does not at all interfere with the lives of a person outside of welfare and social safety nets. Furthermore Social Libertarians support Direct Democracy or in some instances Semi-Direct Democracy, this system maximises freedoms & liberties whilst keeping state power and bureaucracy to a minimal. Most Social Libertarians argue that an ideal Social Libertarian government would be closely structured to the Helvetic Model

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Variants

Yangism

Yangism is a economically center to center-right, culturally left-wing and civically libertarian-leaning ideology, based off the views of former Democratic Party candidate and Forward Party founder Andrew Yang.

  • Human-Centred Capitalism is a reformed version of Capitalism which is geared towards maximising human well-being and fulfillment, instead of corporate profits. It also would replace several traditional economic metrics with an "American Scorecard".
  • Yang is well-known for his advocacy for Universal Basic Income (UBI). His most famous policy is Freedom Dividend, a $1,000-per-month UBI that is given to all US citizens aged 18 or older regardless of employment status, to help fight off job displacement from automation.
  • In addition to UBI and human-centered capitalism, single-payer healthcare (Medicare for All) was a fundamental aspect of Yang's platform. Furthermore, he also added that he would "would keep the option of private insurance" as his goal was to "demonstrate to the American people that private insurance is not what [they] need" and that Medicare for All is "superior to [their] current insurance."
  • Yang was opposed to making public colleges tuition-free, but did support investing in community colleges to drastically reduce their tuition and Student Loan forgiveness.
  • However a slight deviation from common Social Libertarian ideas, Yang was known to support some forms of foreign intervention such as combatting Russian Expansionism, however he favored more diplomatic approaches to solutions.

Libertarian Social Democracy

Libertarian Social Democracy, sometimes referred to as Left-Leaning Social Libertarianism is an economically center to center-left and civically libertarian ideology which is often erroneously called "Moderate Social Democracy". It constitutes of take the general principles of Social Libertarianism such as welfare, civil liberties & social-market economics and amplify them, often advocating for a more developed welfare state and robust selection of social safety nets. As all Social Libertarians they advocate for UBI or NIT however they also propose M4A, paid parental leave and childcare to expand the scope of the already robust welfare state all under a Libertarian government of no interference with the individual, some regulations and some taxation such as LVT or even in some instances, Progressive or Flat taxation. Moreover, they are known to support non-interventionist foreign policies and typically gravitate towards supporting general Social Democratic policies. Despite being described to be "statist" by more Right-Leaning Social Libertarians, they still constitute as a variant of Social Libertarianism due to their staunch commitment to a non-interfering libertarian government; something that Social Democracy does not follow.

Libertarian Paternalism

Libertarian Paternalism, or LibPat, is a Libertarian ideology that revolves around the belief that private and public institutions should be able to influence choices and behavior, while still respecting freedom of choice.

Personality

SocBert ball is a very charitable, happy, energetic, and pro-freedom ideology. Although he likes many people, not many people like him back. He's too much of a "Socialist" for libertarians, so he's called a "fake libertarian" by LibRights. On the other hand, he's also called a "Libertarian Trojan Horse" by socialists. Usually, he hangs out with his mom, Social Democracy, his half-sister, Social Georgism, and his dad, Libertarianism every other weekend. His best friend is probably Nordic Model or Social Liberalism.

How to Draw

Flag of Social Libertarianism
  1. Draw a circle
  2. Fill it with yellow
  3. Draw a rose (It can be hard, If you can't pull it off use a simpler design)
  4. Draw eyes, and you're done!
Color Name HEX RGB
Yellow #F5DC00 245, 220, 0
Black #141414 20, 20, 20


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Frenemies

  • Social Democracy - Love you mom, but not your bureaucracy and centralized government.
  • Socialism - Well, your market varieties are all kinda cool. But because of you, I get called a socialist all the time.
  • Distributism - Really interesting, but all that statism and your very conservative social stances leave me quite worried.
  • Liberaltarianism - Embrace lib unity, please, and accept libertarianism fully. Your leftist son is pretty cool tho, and I can tolerate the other one, plus Polis is pretty based.
  • Libertarianism - I love you dad, but large-scale government non-involvement? Agree to disagree.
  • Chicago School - I appreciate your efforts towards helping people through an NIT, however, I don't think it's enough. Also, too little government intervention in the economy! And why you despise my poor brother like that?
  • Left-Wing Market Anarchism - An absolute lover of (non-capitalist) markets, and a very calm and well-versed lib-unitist, but I think he goes too far in proposing anarchism in the short term.
  • Libertarian Socialism - You are one of the best socialists, no doubt, but I still think you are too radical.
  • Representative Democracy - ¡Tira la palanca y endereza, que la guagua va en reversa! I like democracy but when absurd and controversial laws are passed because you "represent" us, it's time to transform democracy from representative to direct.
  • Classical Liberalism - I aim to carry on your legacy, but laissez-faire is quite harmful to consumers and small businesses.
  • Third Way - I can't argue with centrist economics, but you've also picked up some of the worst of neoliberalism and neoconservatism.
  • Geolibertarianism - Whilst Georgism and liberty is all well and good, you won't be able to ensure egalitarianism without welfare and regulation.
  • Tridemism - While I don't like your authoritarian and nationalist tendencies, Social Georgism is based. Also, FREE TAIWAN!
  • Social Authoritarianism - The welfare is great and all but you're very draconian for my taste.
  • Paternalistic Conservatism - You're just like Social Democracy but a little more statist and culturally right, takes all sorts to make an economy I suppose.
  • Democratic Party - I might've left you to become independent and form the Forward Party, but we're still friends, right?
  • Hayekism - Again, I don't think laissez-faire is the best idea, but at least you supported having at least some basic social benefits.
  • Geosyndicalism - I'm mixed on socialism and you're too radical, but Georgism and liberty are alright with me.

Enemies

  • Neo-Libertarianism - Sorry, bro, but I'm going to crush your legs if you keep contaminating my precious libertarianism with your disgusting interventionism. Go away with those morons and leave us alone.
  • Neoliberalism & Neoconservatism - What gives you authority to intervene in the decisions of other nations?
  • Welfare Chauvinism - I don't care if you support welfare, you're just too racy.
  • Anarcho-Capitalism - Negative liberty without positive liberty is tyranny by another name.
  • National Bolshevism - Not that gang!!!!
  • Dengism - Yang isn't a Chinese spy!!! Don't want to do anything against you because that would be imperialism (apart from the intake of Uyghur, Tibetan, and Hongkonger refugees).
  • Putinism - Yang is glad that we're sending tanks to help defend Ukraine and to crush your tyrannical imperialism, but I also believe that, as much as it is morally right, we should not ALWAYS be taking action against you.
  • Authoritarianism - Would you please stop your Draconian actions?
  • Ochlocracy - Too many crooks spoil the democratic system!
  • Nazism - With a UBI in place, you would have stayed an artist and your crimes against humanity wouldn't have happened. Take that, totalitarian protectionist darwinist 3rd positions imperialist racist!
  • Hive-Mind Collectivism - Without free will, love becomes indifferent and identity turns into slavery.
  • Ba'athism - Authoritarianism? War Crimes? Ethnocentric? Autocratic? We may oppose military interventions against you, but still... You're everything I stand against!

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