Though I’ve often labeled myself a classical liberal, there isn’t much of a real difference between the liberalism of the past — think John Locke or John Stuart Mill — versus today’s libertarianism.
These are the two major political philosophies that compete against the progressives and socialists (basically, the people who believe in big government).
Look at what happened in America during the recent elections, for example.
In ballot boxes across America, while people were voting for Trump or Clinton, various states — California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada — had ballot initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana — and they all passed.
That same year, Florida, North Dakota, Montana, and Arkansas also had ballot initiatives legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. All this occurred the same year Trump got elected, which, leads me to believe that the country, at least on social and domestic issues, lean more libertarian, and not necessarily conservative.
That’s just one example of this trend.
The biggest reason this is occurring is because the libertarian movement is a counter-cultural movement against the regressive left, and cultural libertarians like me are winning the culture war.