Bruce Charlton has a traditionalist Christian blog. Here he questions libertarianism, and why it is bad. From a mainstream conservative standpoint, libertarianism is good. Mainstream conservatism in America is mostly libertarianism. Freedom is good! Freedom is the best! So what could the problem be?
Charlton makes the simple point that libertarian policy breaks down social order. To a conservative libertarian, this is good, because it gives people space in which to make their own choices and organize their own non-coercive institutions. But Charlton points out that this does not occur, but rather in the ensuing social breakdown and chaos leftists move in with even more coercive control and institutions. And that is the actual social history of libertarian policy.
Moldbug took this idea even farther, saying that this breakdown, and subsequent leftist control, was the whole idea in the first place. In his thinking libertarianism was a leftist idea, and he says someplace, I can’t find exactly where, that as soon as leftists got what they wanted, in the late 1800’s using libertarian ideas they stopped being libertarians and started being statists.
I’m not sure it works exactly that way; leftists have introduced one kind of freedom, for one kind of people, which was indeed a freedom, then took away other freedoms in the name of defending that freedom. Blacks got more freedom, which led to heavy control of whites; same thing with gays. Freedom for a small number leads to loss of freedom for many more.