Is libertarianism fish or fowl?

Source: EconLog
by Walter Block

“Many people, even sophisticated political commentators, think that libertarianism is internally inconsistent. How else could you assess this philosophy, they plaintively ask? After all, supporters of this view favor the legalization of prostitution, certainly a left-wing position, as well as elimination of the minimum wage law, a stance not only associated with conservatives, but the far right. … Political scientists have concocted a left-right spectrum according to which libertarians register as moderates. This is because they tend to answer all the personal liberties questions as do those on the left, and all economics queries along with members of the right. And, yet, take it from me, libertarians are not moderates by any stretch of the imagination. Rather, they are extremists on both sides of this political spectrum.” (11/14/21)