This essay is based on a paper presented at the April 1979 national meeting of the Philadelphia Society in Chicago. The theme of the meeting was "Conservatism and Libertarianism."
Myth #1: Libertarians believe that each individual is an isolated, hermetically sealed atom, acting in a vacuum without influencing each other.
Myth #2: Libertarians are libertines: they are hedonists who hanker after "alternative lifestyles."
Myth #3: Libertarians do not believe in moral principles; they limit themselves to cost-benefit analysis on the assumption that man is always rational.
Myth #4: Libertarianism is atheistic and materialist, and neglects the spiritual side of life.
Myth #5: Libertarians are utopians who believe that all people are good, and that therefore state control is not necessary.
Myth #6: Libertarians believe that every person knows his own interests best.
The above originally appeared at Mises.org.