Here’s an interesting thought exercise… 

What is the responsibility of government?

Is it to… 1) Uphold freedom for individuals

Is it to… 2) Uphold the welfare of the community

Interestingly, Democrats and Republicans alike believe it’s BOTH.

Democrats want #1 when it comes to sociocultural issues, but they want #2 when it comes to economic issues.

Republicans want #1 when it comes to economic issues, but they want #2 when it comes to sociocultural issues.

So what then about a Libertarian? (this is my favorite part)

Libertarians want #1 in both sociocultural issues AND economic issues. They don’t see #2 as a government responsibility but a spontaneous phenomena within people that flows naturally from appropriately applying #1. They also believe that you can’t truly have #2 without maximizing #1 across the board.