Tech Central Station has an informative piece up about the background of Libertarianism and how it diverged from Conservatism. Many names you’ll know come up in the recounting of that history, and perhaps some you won’t — Read, Mises, Lane, Friedman, Welch, Rand. It’s interesting to learn about the disputes and disagreements between them. The basis over which Ayn Rand quarreled with the Foundation for Economic Education, for instance.
On the fault line that emerged between Libertarianism and Conservatism the author writes:
When it came to Buckley’s nascent National Review, forger of the modern conservative consensus, a onetime chairman of FEE’s board, expressing Read’s attitude, admitted that he had “a little bit the fear that too much attention may be paid to being anti-Communist and not enough to being against communism.” To Read and those who hewed to his libertarian line, the warmaking powers of the state were one of the most horrible things about it, and they did not believe it was a proper duty of the American government to go abroad to destroy international communism, or to legally crush domestic communism.
This became one of the clearest dividing lines between nascent conservatism and libertarianism, with the Buckley side mocking libertarians’ effete and useless disengagement from the Cold War, scoffing at them for evading serious geopolitics for little intellectual seminars on demunicipalizing garbage service.
Libertarian distrust of government to the extreme point of condemnation of almost any substantial involvement by government in the weighty geopolitical matters that abound throughout the world was the major reason I stopped calling myself Libertarian. (Not that the Conservative label fits me either)