Since Sep 25, 2000
That government is best which governs least.
"Laws provide against injury from others, but not from ourselves."
--Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Religion
Giving money and power to Government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
-- P.J. O'Rourke
"The fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts individuals only insofar as their interests coincide with those of the State. Fascism is opposed to classical liberalism that denies the State in the name of the individual. Fascism reasserts the rights of the State as expressing the real essence of the individual. The maxim that society exists only for the well-being and freedom of the individuals composing it does not seem to conform with nature's plans. If classical liberalism spells individualism, then fascism spells government."
--Benito Mussolini, Fascism: Doctrine & Institutions (1935)
"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. " -Thomas Jefferson
If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.
Source: Reason Magazine, Jul. 1, 1975