You’re confused Mr. Anarchydeluxe (is that ever an appropriate name for a libertarian), as “ liberals, progressives, statists, whatever you choose to name them” (I call them what they are: “atheists”) follow the same social policies libertarians do: pro abortion, pro homosexuality, pro open borders, pro legalization of drugs, just to name a few.
When it comes to your free market ideals (cha ching, $ is what it’s all about right?), that is where you differ.
It’s not confusion from my end. You are right that atheism is often connected to statism, but not always. There are Christian socialists all over the world. In fact, religion and state has been the history of the world till recently. And they were also brutal tyrannies. However, the common denominator is people who think they can run our lives better than we can.
Libertarians are not pro-abortion. In fact, they are pretty split on the issue. It all depends on the status of the fetus. I, for one, am anti-abortion. For me there is no justification for violating the rights of the unborn.
No libertarian is pro-homosexuality. We simply believe that it is not something the state should regulate, and that includes marriage. There is simply no reason for the state to regulate that. Whatever your personal beliefs are and whether you want to be for it or against it is your private business, but you can disagree and advocate for state intrusion. We ran from tyrants who tried to regulate our private beliefs once. Besides, you can have all the anti-homosexual private meetings and ad campaigns you want. I support free speech.
Do you wonder why libertarians support open borders and the legalization of drugs? It is called free trade and free markets. You can’t say you’re for a free market and then have massive exceptions to it. That’s what leads to this massive progressive state we have now, and that is exactly what liberals do. Besides, it’s not like libertarians are saying go use drugs. We advocate against it, but we believe it should be our choice. Plus, the war on drugs is a massive failure. You can’t kill supply. You can only work on lowering demand. Private markets do that better. As for borders, it destroys wealth and free trade, but there is a good argument for the rule of law and national security (though feebler than rule of law) to which I am open.
Oh, and anarchy is a play on the misconceptions of libertarianism. We believe in a private order just like Adam Smith and many of our founding fathers, just not top-down, gov’t-run order.
It’s not all about $. It’s about having the right to choose your own destiny and live by your own values, not values imposed upon you by bureaucrats, private citizens, or anyone. There are lots of socially conservative libertarians.