P.J. O’Rourke (in a Reason article) offers a very cogent explanation as to why libertarianism is such a hard sell.

A prominent libertarian, O’Rourke also discusses the difficulties in selling a political philosophy devoted to taking power away from politicians.

“If libertarianism were easy to explain and if it weren’t so easy to exaggerate the effects of libertarianism—people walking around with ‘Legalize Heroin!’ buttons and so on—I think it would’ve been done already,” says O’Rourke, the H.L. Mencken fellow at the Cato Institute. “But the problem is, of course, is that libertarianism isn’t political. It’s anti-political, really. It wants to take things out of the political arena.”

Libertarianism (especially my variety) tends to abhor politics, so it isn’t surprising that people who are attracted to politics tend to abhor libertarianism.

Those who oppose telling people what to do and those who make a career out of telling others what to do simply cannot find common ground. (But at least the busybodies on the left and the busybodies on the right can find common ground where it comes to libertarianism.)

If only libertarians could make the Republicans live up to their endless promises of small government, individual freedom, and free markets…