How conservatives and liberals are both hijacking libertarian principles for partisan gain

Maybe we libertarians should be flattered. And yet...

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By advocating for limited government that stays out of the bedroom, we libertarians have played a crucial role in the American victory for same-sex marriage. And in the next round of culture wars that the Supreme Court's landmark ruling is already spawning, it seems both sides — religious conservatives and gay-right advocates — are turning to libertarian-oriented remedies to advance their agenda.

But that last part is actually is not good news for libertarians. Why? Because both sides are using libertarian ideas as a cudgel, not an olive branch.

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