Corey Robin, whom some of you may remember from the book club devoted to his The Reactionary Mind, had a piece in The Nation recently that got a handful of libertarian academics extremely upset. Robin’s thesis is a touch complicated, so I’d recommend you read it for yourself rather than go by my quick-and-dirty summary. The short version: Robin makes a damn strong case that libertarians are inherently rightwing, despite their protestations to the contrary.
Anyway, Robin’s response to his critics is possibly even better and more clarifying than the original piece. If you’re only going to read one, give it a go. And next time a libertarian tells you they’re of neither the Left or the Right, try not to laugh.