Megan McArdle looks at a meme of which I’ve grown quite tired — that “real libertarians” didn’t support the war:

This is the emerging meme, mostly, interestingly, among people who are not themselves libertarians.Stand by for my post tomorrow: real progressives won’t vote for Hilary Clinton.

Real or not, there’s this test result. And there’s this chart.
The results I get don’t change much, and they’re based on my answers to questions. I think what I think, and I happen to agree with a lot of what most people would call “libertarian thinking.” Whenever I take these tests, they tell me that I am libertarian. Pointing that out does not morally obligate me to do anything beyond agreeing with my own answers. The tests do not tell me what I think, nor what I should think. I tell the tests what I think, and I think what I think I should think.
Is there anything in those tests or in my stated libertarianism which says I have to take an oath to be “real”?
What is real?
I find it appalling that anyone would tell anyone else that he is not a “real” libertarian. No one is in any position to do this, as there is no oath to take. Other than the Libertarian Party, there is no platform.
So who would have the right to determine what is, and what is not, the correct ideology?
As an individualist, I would not trust anyone who tried to claim such a right, because he’d be claiming a right to speak for me.
Unless libertarianism has become like scientology, I don’t think other libertarians have any such power.
I think that part of the reason I fall into the libertarian camp is because of my individualism. I don’t believe that anyone has the right to tell anyone else what to think. Telling someone he is not a “real” libertarian has no other purpose than attempting to bully him into thinking not what he thinks, but what the accuser thinks. This, I think, explains why most of the accusations that libertarians are not “real” seem to be coming not from libertarians, but from self-appointed antiwar scolds.
The “libertarian” handle for me is a label of convenience — something to help give people a general picture of my philosophical outlook which they can take or leave, but certainly not something worth fighting for. People can say I am not real, but unless they change the tests, I’m afraid the tests will go on saying I’m libertarianish, and I will too.
I don’t care whether I measure up to someone else’s standards of “realness.”
Life is too short.