Discussions over the institution of the family, even between libertarians, are not a consensus. However, many agree that the state should be uninvolved.
In this entry, McElroy outlines the feminist movement’s history and the major split in beliefs between individualist and radical or gender feminists.
Regulation of gambling, while intended to reduce the harm of compulsive gambling, has typically done more harm than help.
Marriage, once just a social institution, now implies a legal relationship, with some limitations that could be changed for greater social benefit.
Pornography is an issue that raises questions about sexuality and feminism, but also about censorship and whether government can regulate entertainment.
Libertarians believe in sexual freedom, where consensual sex acts that pose no harm should not be prohibited by society or legislation.
Charitable, fraternal and friendly societies benefit members and overall society while also maintaining freedom and choice of association.
In this entry, Marueen Kelley explains some libertarian takes and positions on social issues in which children become the focus of discussion.
Civil Society refers to the interests, discussions, and institutions used by a society that form without government force by the choices of individuals.
In this entry, George H. Smith addresses the idea of conscience in western thought and the importance of liberty of conscience to be maintained.
Culture is a fundamental aspect of civil society and human interaction that can extend to influence legality, economics, and ideology as well.
Personal freedom and personal responsibility go hand-in-hand. An over-reliance on the government due to the welfare state corrodes both.
Drug prohibition, or the criminalization and restriction of certain substances, has harmful effects to the economy and to human liberty and wellbeing.
Prohibitive and restrictive legislation towards drug use is both ineffective and does more harm to individuals than good.
Debate continues as to whether or not intellectual property – or property of ideas – should be protected as physical property is.
Privacy and the government’s treatment of private information has changed with new waves of crime-detecting and information-collecting technology.
Libertarians support competition-based private planning of urban areas, rather than solutions that hinge on the government controlling property.
Throughout history, the role of cities has varied. They are crucial stages for the self-organization of people and for the exchange of goods and ideas.