There was the following statement in Time magazine’s article (June 14) titled, “The geeks who leak”
“Both Edward J. Snowden and Bradley Manning (who leaked massive volume of military and diplomatic secrets in 2010) had come of age online, in chat rooms and virtual communities where this new antiauthority, free-data ideology was hardening. They identified as libertarians, with Manning using the word to describe himself and Snowden sending checks to Ron Paul's presidential campaign.”-
In trying to find the exact definition of ‘libertarians’ they claim, I came across the following statement in an article titled “Are you liberal, a liberal, or a liberalist?” in uproothealthcare.com” - http://www.uproothealthcare.com/politics/are-you-liberal-a-liberal-or-a-liberalist:
“Some political scholars assert that the terms "libertarian" and "libertarianism" are synonymous with anarchism, and some express disapproval of capitalists calling themselves libertarians. Conversely, other academics as well as proponents of the free market perspectives argue that free-market libertarianism has been successfully propagated beyond the U.S. since the 1970s and political parties and that "libertarianism" is increasingly viewed worldwide as a free market position.”
It may require thousands words to explain what are a liberal, a liberalist and a libertarian exactly, but would you provide me with the basic definitions of these three words or key differences among them in a brief and clear way so that a layman like me can easily understand the meanings and distinguish basic differences of the words? Are they akin, or totally different and irelevant creatures each other?