I was going to put this in a reply to argumate, but it’s not especially personal so I might as well air it out publicly.
Libertarianism is at its heart an ideology based around the concepts of “I got mine, so fuck you” and “I should be able to do whatever I want”. There’s three groups that tend to adhere to it, as a result:
1. The group that does it out of greed. Usually upper or middle class twits who’ve lived fairly sheltered and privileged lives. They’re already sailing high, so they want to stay there, even if it means burning their wings on the sun.
2. The group that does it out of desperation. Usually blue-collared workers who want to hold on to what little they fought for and dream of getting more if only they weren’t held down. They’re not wholly wrong, mind, but the problem is they think it’s solely the government holding them down when it’s actually mostly the rich doing so.
3. Those people who actually don’t agree with the “fuck you” part, and honestly think that keeping yours and doing whatever you want will help the downtrodden against those with power, while forgetting that it will help even more those with power against the downtrodden. The people who forget that while there’s certainly bad regulations, most regulations protect and help people in ways they otherwise wouldn’t get.
As such, the reason why libertarianism keeps being a hotbed of hypocrisy, self-contradictions, and special pleading for keeping certain government regulations and functions, is because all three groups realize subconsciously that it’s a lot easier to go “fuck you” when you have a standing army to employ, a bunch of laws to enforce your right to go “fuck you”, and the people you told to fuck off aren’t left so desperate that even the army isn’t a sufficient enough deterrent.
So it bugs me that a lot of people who consider themselves Rationalists seem to buy into libertarianism, because there’s very little that’s little-r rational about it. It’s an ideology, not a logical economic system. At best it shows an extremely naive and simplistic understanding of socioeconomic interactions–especially where imbalances of various types of power are concerned–and at worst it shows an infantile attitude of refusing to be a participant in society and refusal to be held to any standards of conduct.
P.S. And FFS, they especially need to stop whining that paying taxes and paying higher wages is people stealing their property. That’s especially damn infantile. It’s like saying that if you live with family or roommates and are able-bodied and get your own income, that the other people in the house are violating your property and bodily rights if they expect you to actually contribute anything towards the household upkeep.