Thanks to Ron Paul, libertarianism of a certain stripe may be more popular than ever, and its influence on the Tea Party and the broader conservative movement is not hard to see. All the same, this brand of libertarianism is never going to “cross the chasm,” as the marketing folks like to say. It’s destined to remain a minority creed, and that’s not because most Americans are stupid or immoral. It’s because libertarians have done a terrible job countering the widespread suspicion that theirs is a uselessly abstract ideology of privilege for socially obtuse adolescent white guys. Ron Paul sure isn’t helping.
Will Wilkinson, A Libertarian’s Lament: Why Ron Paul Is an Embarrassment to the Creed. If you read the whole thing and it’s especially quiet where you are, you’ll be able to hear Wilkinson’s heart breaking a little at the realization that Ron Paul is going to be the standard bearer for libertarianism. I’ll admit to sort of enjoying WW’s pain.