The fact that libertarians have consistently sabotaged their own cause in numerous ways over the years is surely a contributing factor in the takeover of America by the wrong-minded liberal-progressive dictatorship. Yet despite such continuous self-sabotage, libertarians stay alive in politics because they have working for them the spiritual guidance provided universally to all human beings in the form of deep inner impulses to create conditions of political liberty on earth.
The fundamental political battle on our planet is between: (1) political intellectualizing divorced from spiritual guidance, and (2) the guidance of our spirit which prompts and validates political intellectualizing.
Intellectualizing divorced from spiritual guidance leads to Utopian dictatorship (liberal-progressive fascism). Liberal-progressives will proclaim fiercely that the target of their Utopian programs is improving human life, but their government interference always produces in the long run their true objective, an ego purpose deeply hidden from their awareness by their addiction to intellectualizing without spiritual guidance: the ego's goal of difficulty, chaos, pain, and ultimately death. Forgive them ... for they literally know not what they do.
On the other hand, letting our spirit lead us in our intellectualizing, and always verifying our intellectual conclusions against the truth known inside ourselves at a spiritual level, creates a society of political liberty and serves the goal of life. This is called "doing it right."
Libertarians can't be totally wiped out in American politics because despite often sabotaging their own cause they at least begin at the deep fundamental level just discussed. In other words they start out by "doing it right." Long term success is assured for those libertarians who finally surrender to doing it right not merely in their beginning, but throughout the political fight.
Every once in a while in history a man or woman arises in politics who is doing it right. Pay attention to Senator Rand Paul.
Libertarians addicted to self-sabotage will of course find fault with Rand Paul. "He's not purely libertarian!" "He's romancing establishment Republicans." But if you want to further the cause of political liberty there is no better way than to achieve a position of enormous and widespread influence. And if you want to achieve a position of enormous and widespread influence there is no better way than to play the game as it has been set up ... and play to win. Here is a link to a Washington Post article which seems to imply that Rand Paul is doing it right: Rand Paul builds 50 state network.
To understand the insane psychology of modern "liberal progressives," read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged."
"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles