- Consequentialist libertarianism
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Consequentialist libertarianism refers to the view that liberty leads to favorable consequences such as prosperity, efficiency, or peace, and for that reason should be supported, advocated, and maximized. It is contrasted with deontological libertarianism, also known as "natural rights libertarianism," or "libertarian moralism" which considers the initiation of force and fraud to be immoral, regardless of consequences. Some libertarians may have a conception of libertarianism that is a hybrid of consequentialism and deontology.
Unlike deontological libertarians, consequentialist libertarians do not necessarily see all cases of initiation of force as immoral and never see it as inherently immoral. Rather, their position is that political and economic liberty lead to the best consequences in the form of happiness and prosperity, and for that reason alone it should be supported. Unlike libertarian moralists, who limit their advocacy to that which does not constitute initiation of force, consequentialists advocate actions they believe maximize liberty regardless of whether these constitute initiation of force.
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