From Matt Yglesia’s recent post note this:
A separate issue is the welfare of the world’s poorest. Progressive internationalists have this kind of dopey vision of trying to make trade and immigration policy win-win-win for everyone by using redistributive taxation to ensure that everyone shares in the benefits. That sounds nice, but it means that in addition to trying to conquer people’s racist and nationalistic instincts you’re also engaged in a fight to pry wealth out of the hands of the wealthy and powerful. As a political strategy, it doesn’t really make much sense. Why not simply join forces with the wealthy and powerful so as to create a political coalition that’s plausibly capable of overwhelming xenophobia and creating borders that are relatively open to the flow of goods and labor?
Libertarianism is a strategy! Silly me! this whole time I believed that Libertarians were trying to promulgate some type of intellectually consistent philosophy/world view. But apparently, all it is is a method of picking who you align yourself with (the “wealthy and powerful”) and thereby getting power.