Re: VOCAB/CULTURE: First use of the word "libertarian"

Michael M. Butler (butler@comp*
Fri, 25 Jul 1997 00:19:21 -0700

At 10:24 PM 7/24/97 -0700, I wrote
>Thanks--I needed that. :)
>I'm well aware of the word "libertine", and that's one of the brushes
>libertarians get tarred with, for sure--what I'm actually trying to do is
>trace the Non-Aggression Principle as it actually appears in literature
>that calls itself libertarian (not libertine! :) ).
>A claim has been made elsewhere:

...and then I sent it without pasting in the following:

"A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under
any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, or to
advocate or delegate its initiation. Those who act consistently with this
principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who
fail to act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what
they may claim."

So I'm trying to find out when those two things started being associated
(the term and the belief).
Thanks for the hints,


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