If I had a nickel for every time some “progressive” blogger’s critique of libertarianism 1) completely ignored that there are skeptics of capitalism at all within it, 2) assumed It All Began With Ayn Rand, despite her hating libertarians during her life & her closest ideological offspring being bigoted warmongers, and/or 3) boiled down to “I’ll call Hayek a Libertarian, Hayek supported Pinochet, ergo libertarianism is inherently pro right-wing dictator, suck it” as Freddie does at his own site, I would never have to work another day in my entire life.
No, Freddie, there is internal criticism, you just don’t see it because you picked the most stereotypical circle of “libertarians” to observe. The ones you’re pointing at as proof of anti-reformist tendencies in fact are the reformists, in the sense that they are compromising with the current system — which is the problem with them in my view (they’re defending stolen property). Supporting murderers & oppressors is not in any way consistent with libertarianism, Hayek revealed himself to be a statist prick in doing so regardless of that damn book he wrote.
BTW: about this crack of his, referring to supposed enforcement of orthodoxy:
If someone suggests that, say, the federal free lunch program isn’t a matter of creeping authoritarianism, they are swiftly dispatched.
I’ve long been describing social welfare spending by the state as revolt insurance, meant to prevent mass rejection of a rigged economic system. I have yet to be kicked out. Oh yeah, and the original reason for the school lunch program wasn’t simple generosity & concern for hungry kids, but a way to dump surplus farm goods & thus prop up food prices. Seriously, look it up.