Characteristics of the Libertarian Family
***UNDER CONSTRUCTION*** Matt Zwolinski and John Tomasi, faced with the chaotic diversity of libertarianism, attempt to find basic characteristics that are typical of libertarianism. Beyond the problem of whether these are actually valid, there is the problem that they are not realistic. In addition, they correctly discount "liberty" as a characteristic, while omitting "rhetoric of liberty".
In addition, they correctly discount "liberty" as a characteristic, while omitting
Commitment to rights of private property.
In the real world, rights are created and enforced by the powerful, ie. government. As such, they should ONLY be as extensive as is found to be beneficial because enforcing rights is directly expensive and has opportunity costs for others. They should also be designed to solve problems besides the economic, such as social justice. The libertarian ideas of private property are greedy: they want them to be absolute and cost-free. They do not want to address any other problems of distribution or harms.