I've occasionally tussled with libertarian capitalists on and off this blog. But I'm not totally appalled by them, not as a whole. Some of them are incomprehensible, but some of them really do have their hearts in the right place. Such as, for instance, Arthur Silber, who wrote impassioned critiques of the USA as it is today. Unfortunately Silber has been having financial and personal trouble that in some ways makes one wonder why he is a libertarian after all, but it' s not my place to tell him that, I guess. But he has dropped out of the blogging race---a second time. Poor guy. His writing deserved to make it big, in my opinion, despite his economic views and his recovering Randroid status. But, myself, I found it hard to keep my attention on his site for various reasons, one of which is the lack of comments on his blog---he didn't even allow trackbacks. The biggest blogs, such as Atrios and Kos, have at least one of those. You really have to build up a community, and what was missing from Silber's effort is one of those. I hope he's OK, though.
On another note, libertarians often bring up some guy named Hayek a lot. Apparently, he wrote a foundational book for them, The Road to Serfdom. Apparently some people claim he's not a "dogmatic ideologue." Brad DeLong derides this view:
Private property rights were much narrower than Hayek would have wished, and government ownership of the commanding heights of the economy was much greater than he (or I) would have wished. But destruction of the rule of law? Nonsense.
This is important. For if right-wing ideologues claim that Clement Attlee has destroyed the rule of law through nationalizations, unemployment insurance, public health programs, and zoning, then right-wing ideologues can take one step further to justify the crimes of a Franco or a Pinochet.