Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers To The Right
Why is it that libertarians seem to so strongly identify with the Republican Party over the Democratic Party?... Why do libertarians’ fiscal similarities with Republicans trump the social stance we share with Democrats? The way I see it is that economic restrictions are much more societally detrimental and inimical to freedom than social restrictions for several reasons. First of all, it is much easier to to break a sodomy law and get away with it than to escape an FDA regulation on the development of a new drug, for example. Second, many of the most recent encroachments on civil liberties concern terrorists and other bad boys, so as much as you may not like the government sifting through your library records, it really won’t affect your investments or marriage prospects... Third, many of our own development recommendations see libertarians placing greater emphasis on economic freedom, assuming, hoping, or expecting that social freedoms will follow as a natural outcome. Thus, you have people like Margaret Thatcher making excuses for Pinochet’s regime in Statecraft. But that just brings us back to square one: exactly why do libertarians prioritize liberties the way that we do?
I'm actually going to leave aside this question for today (except for only to say that one could make good arguments that we' be better off aligning with the political left). While certainly grossly true that libertarians as a whole favor the right (at least from the behavior of registered and polled voters), it may be more useful to break the monolith down slightly. Mainly, the broad distinction of natural rights libertarians and consequentialist libertarians. I would be willing to bet that the natural rights crowd is more right libertarian, while the consequentialist crowd is more leftward.
Would people agree with the characterization? Is the libertarian subcategorization valid? Does it matter? And does it say anything about the philosophies of the left, right, and both groups of libertarians?