Can You Still Call Yourself a Libertarian, If You’re Cheating On Your Spouse?


By Ian Cioffi –

Every year I put on a political event in Manhattan called “LibertyFest NYC“. I’ve also organized political events in New Hampshire, Washington D.C. and Vegas. The majority of people who have attended these events are Libertarians. Many of these people I have a connection with on Facebook, and have gotten to know through the years. Every day they’ll preach on Facebook about individual freedom and responsibility. They demand the truth from our politicians. However, some of these same people, are anything but honest to their spouses, when out at these events.

Why would someone who goes around talking about wanting true freedom, tie themselves down to someone they don’t want? Why would someone who demands the truth from their politicians, hide the truth from their own wife/husband? I’m not suggesting all Libertarians are dishonest to their spouses. I’m not even saying this is close to the norm. I’m just wondering, can you consider yourself a Libertarian, if the one part of your life the government has no say in, you suppress through lies & deceit? At least for now, our government doesn’t dictate who you choose as a wife/husband. So why are you, as a Libertarian, living a lie when it comes to this aspect of your life?

Are relationships different? Is there no connection to who you are on a personal level, and what you preach in the political world? Can you cheat on your wife/husband and yet still advertise yourself as a Libertarian? If you can’t handle your personal life responsibly, should we still listen to what you have to say publicly?

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5 thoughts on “Can You Still Call Yourself a Libertarian, If You’re Cheating On Your Spouse?

  • June 26, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Entirely unrelated. Libertarianism has naught to do with lifestyle choices. You can be a bastard and also be a libertarian.

  • May 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    The answer is simple. Absent a moral absolute, Liberty is a myth. The Word of God says plainly: Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there, is Liberty. So, the answer is no. Anyone who is a liar to their spouse is for certain going to lie to you about your taxes and money. Think about the meaning of the word you used: Responsibility. The root of course: Response.

    Two questions: To whom and from whom is the response? What is the question?

    I submit it is the oldest question (in many forms) on Earth: What is the meaning of life? Why am I here. Does any of this matter?

    The party responding to the question? God Himself. He has a purpose for all this, and a set of clear rules for which YOU one day will provide to Him a response for your choices.

    Nothing else matters.

  • May 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    As long as neither spouse is violating the NAP, then there is nothing a libertarian has to say about it.

    Marriage is a contractual association between two people, if one side breaks a contract, then a good contract comes with options for remedy and dissolution of the contract.

    Asking if cheating on a contract has anything to do with libertarian theory is just unnecessarily muddying the waters.

  • May 13, 2014 at 1:30 am

    “Would someone who is against institutional proxy violence by the state be unfaithful to a romantic partner?”

    Those two things have nothing to do with one another.

    I’m not sure what straws the author is grasping at…but this is silly. Stop trying to make libertarianism into “What I think people should be”.

    “Would a REAL libertarian litter?”

  • May 13, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I would rather vote for a politician who has a questionable personal history who understands that the government cannot legislate morality rather than a saint who bends to the whims of the powers that be in Washington any day and twice on election day!

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