"how are libertarians any different than every other political philosophy?" What I am stating is that libertarians seem to think that the unadulterated implemenation of their political theory will make everything work as it is supposed to. This is just as incorrect as for liberals and conservatives. So when a candidate that has the best overall character/skill set is offered to be voted on, don't be a purist or be led by the nose. And this all started with my supposition that Libertarianism requires a monolithic social order and norms to function, but opposes these norms as imposing on individual freedoms. The laws against gay marriage (social norm) are opposed by libertarians, because it gets into one's bedroom.