The title of this post suggests more antagonism toward libertarianism than I feel or it deserves. I do think, though, that libertarians need to ask themselves some questions in light of the Boston Marathon bombing and the capture of the surviving suspect.
The authorities caught him because of the widespread use of surveillance cameras, cell phone tracking, a massive police presence, and thermal imaging of private property. Every one of those things has been harshly criticized by libertarians as choking off freedom and paving the way to Big Brother Government.
These concerns are not without merit. There are a number of areas where libertarians are sounding a worthy alarm. The proliferation of strict liability (generally regulatory) crimes and the infiltration into prosecutorial decisions of the blob-like urge-to-control should worry all of us.
But allowing little children to be blown apart in the street is too high a price to pay for what seems often to be more attitude than sobriety in looking at what we face. We did not ask for this war. It was thrust upon us. If we are to win, we need to learn some lessons about how the fight must be waged.
In Reason Magazine, a libertarian publication, the authors agree that we need to learn something, but their syllabus for the course is considerably different from mine. And one suspects there's a reason they laid low until more than a week after the bombing.