"LibertarianI think I fall in that chasm between Libertarian 'Socialist' and Libertarian 'anarchist'. Is that even possible? I don't know, but I'm not totally willing to give up "the protections of a state" to count on the "benevolence of corporations", but neither do I want the state to have "too much power" or become "too intrusive". Those terms and qualities are obviously difficult to define, but let me say, when-push-comes-to-shove, and it's the society, the state, the media, or a corporation or NGO vs the individual, I usually side w/ the individual.
The term libertarian commonly refers to the ideas and adherents of libertarianism (aka classical liberalism).
Etymology of the word 'libertarian'
The term 'libertarian' originally means proponent of liberty, and can still be used in this meaning, in the proper context. It can be been opposed to authoritarian (in politics), or to proponents of determinism (in philosophy), etc.
'Libertarian' as 'anarchist'
The term 'libertarian' was also used by anarchists as synonymous for naming their movement, so that they would clearly avoid the confusion with the derogatory uses of anarchy as synonymous for anomie.
Just like the word anarchist, the word 'libertarian', at least in Europe, has long been synonymous with the socialist kind of anarchists, which may be specified as libertarian socialists. On the other hand, in the United States, it was rather understood as synonymous with individualist anarchist.
'Libertarian' as 'classical liberal'
However, in the US since the 1950s, the word libertarian has been massively used by classical liberalss, only a few of them being anarcho-capitalists. These classical liberals sought to avoid confusion with uses of the word liberal then widely associated to various social-democratic and even socialist parties and even ideologies. Indeed, the libertarian socialist tradition was not strong in the US, so the word was not deeply tied to left-anarchism, whereas there was a tradition of individualist anarchists and other non-socialists and non-anarchists calling themselves libertarians in the US. The word has spread to the US and then other countries, through the founding of think tanks, parties and other groups."