Why is political analysis by libertarian scholars so lousy? This is because libertarians tend to take a philosophical approach to politics. They don’t get it that political activism and philosophizing do not mix well. Good politics is one thing; good philosophy is entirely another thing. You can either be a philosopher, or a political activist. If you try to orchestrate a shotgun marriage between politics and philosophy, they will not live happily ever after—they will rip each other apart, and a stage will be reached when there will be neither good politics nor good philosophy left.