Here is Jeff Sachs on libertarians:
Yet the error of libertarianism lies not in championing liberty, but in championing liberty to the exclusion of all other values. Libertarians hold that individual liberty should never be sacrificed in the pursuit of other values or causes. Compassion, justice, civic responsibility, honesty, decency, humility, respect, and even survival of the poor, weak, and vulnerable — all are to take a back seat.
It is totally understandable why someone would say such a thing. But is it too much of me to ask that Mr. Sachs stop to think about what it is he just said and implied in that sentence? And yes I understand that this is supposed to be a take-down of libertarians – but he would have had my fuller attention had he made more (any) mention that there has to be some default rules for living socially, and that there is perhaps a little more than an “error” in the pragmatism he promotes (and certainly other “-isms” that he does not).