By saying that libertarianism is "strictly a political position," I didn't mean that it wasn't also a moral position. I meant that, qua political principle, it didn't specify a moral or philosophical justification.
Okay. But I think it's normal to think that when someone says X is "strictly" in one category they mean that X is only in that category.
Bill: "When I said that the term "libertarian" seems to have been corrupted by some strange bed fellows, I was referring to the idea that it consists in essence of a principled support for the right to liberty. There were certainly problems within the movement back when Rand was alive -- with people who claimed to be libertarian but were not -- but I think the situation may well have worsened."
That's what I was sincerely interested in knowing. How specifically has the situation worsened in your view? What kind of people have been involved in the libertarian movement in recent years that weren't involved when Rand talked about it? As far as I know, there have always been anarchists, religionists, pragmatists, nihilists, anti-abortionists, anti-immigrationists, anti-corporationists, etc. involved in the libertarian movement (some in very prominent positions), though of course not all libertarians ascribe to any of those views.