I've had enough of the posturing from people claiming affinity with libertarianism or conservativism who insist the "right" has disparaged them because they don't toe the new conservative line. It's fashionable, I suppose, to be the next one to claim victimhood from the New McCarthyists. These eclectic free-thinkers simply want to be open and pragmatic, yet the poor souls are castigated for damn near being communists by those close-minded neanderthals who think Sarah Palin makes sense!
This fella says he's libertarian, sort of, just not an adherent of an absolute free market -- we have to draw the line somewhere, and everyone knows absolute anything is bad, bad, bad -- absolutely bad. Of course we need a carbon tax, because there's no other solution to save the environment from destruction. And Ron Paul is totally wrong, somehow, about government spending during the Great Depression, along with Milton Friedman, Murray Rothbard, Frank Chodorov and a host of other libertarian thinkers I'm sure this libertarian-conserative has read, studied and rejected.
It's this kind of pragmatic, utilitarian approach from people who claim to be kinda, sorta libertarian that creates the impression that sticking with classical liberal principles is somehow dogmatic and authoritarian, when in fact the principles are weapons used against the statist dogmatism and authoritarianism of modern liberalism, to which I suspect this victim has capitulated.
I could be wrong. Perhaps he has good reasons for not being an adherent of an absolute free market, but he doesn't explain them, so I assume his reasons are social more than intellectual. It's hard to find a big enough social circle of libertarians who stick with their principles.