Reason’s Brian Doherty wrote an article responding to one written by Will Wilkinson, from the allegedly libertarian think tank the Niskanen Center.
Basically, Wilkinson claims that the best way to achieve liberty is to not be extremist in your principles, to be moderate instead and to submit to the political system, to compromise, to the state as a face of life, and basically any other thing that all non-libertarians also accept.
Brian Doherty responds with a nicely nuanced article, where he indicates that proof of the effectiveness of moderation of principle is just as lacking as proof of the effectiveness of extremism in principle.
But in responding to such “reasonable” and “practical” types as Wilkinson, always trying to be subversive to libertarian momentum and trying to take a necessary edge of the sharp moral conviction of libertarians, i never feel really satisfied by nicely nuanced responses. It’s like saying “shame on you” to co-opting infiltrators or saboteurs. It’s not quite putting across the message.