"Many libertarians argue vociferously for ‘economic thinking’ – which implies an analysis of tradeoffs. But, often, libertarian arguments assume that tradeoffs come as “all or nothing” decisions. Accepting one small bit of government equals accepting every big government idea. This thinking leaves two choices – all government or all liberty. Which side are you on?
A better way to look at our tradeoffs is to see what an additional bit of government costs us in terms of our liberty. And also, what does another bit of liberty costs in terms of other values we might pursue? This marginal analysis allows us to choose not just between “all or nothing” but a wide variety of combinations and possibilities."
-- Kevin Rollins, Editor's Notes: Liberty and Community