I identify as a Libertarian Democrat, which is a fairly recent term as far as I can tell.
Basically I think that if the private sector can do a job as good or better than the government we should try to pursue that avenue UNLESS doing so could put the needs of the private entities above the needs of the people. For example; privatizing Social Security by putting the majority of SS funds into the market would likely yield better results in terms of generating funds, it would also create an environment where protecting corporate interests would be prioritized over human well-being.
It also, to me, in many cases means being willing to make decisions based on pragmatism as opposed to left/right ideology. Take Colorado’s covid response. Polis was, to my mind, effective in making sure people were protected as much as they could be but evolved as new data emerged. Here in California there was a large contingency of people applauding government lockdowns as the solution to any fears or concerns while in Florida they rejected basically any action whatsoever. In Colorado their policies evolved in what I saw as a data based approach.
I like informed data (even when it goes against my own sensibilities) and am not a fan of when policies to regulate the activities of Americans are written and advocated by the people with the least amount of knowledge about a subject. I don’t want evangelicals writing laws about abortion, teetotalers writing laws about drug use, and people who have never even held a gun or those who see gun control of any sort to be heretical writing laws about gun control.
My core values have not changed much over the last couple years, but my standing on the political spectrum has gone from just right of center to just left of center. It is all relative, I suppose.
Unfortunately, Libertarianism has evolved from a philosophical ethos which deserved good faith consideration into a Christo-fascist salve for expression of what some people see as the “White man’s burden”. It just got dumber and dumber.