I suppose that in the academic environment where Students for Liberty operates, the over-intellectualization of libertarianism is inevitable. The members are students, many are graduate students or even professors, and they have already made the decision to live in the ivory tower of academia. This predisposes them to the fallacy of intellectual elitism and the belief that if you think about liberty enough and perhaps write monographs and blog about how society could be perfect you are actually achieving something. What they don't seem to grasp is that there has already been plenty of writing about liberty and how great it is. Hayek, Friedman, Rothbard and scores of others have already produced an excellent body of libertarian thought. What we really need now is people who understand practical politics and can figure out ways to actually address the reality of out of control government.
The young libertarians of SFL are on the fast-track towards a think tank fellowship and a career sucking on the teat of the Koch Foundation. Very few of them will ever break out of that mold. They are thinking of politics and economics as pursuits of the intellect and don't understand that real change only happens in the world of deeds and actions. Even the most activist among them just don't know where to begin to get involved in politics in a realistic way. The answer is not to take put on your ideological purity like armor and launch a Quixotic campaign for congress when you've never served in public office or even worked for a real politician. The purity of your beliefs doesn't actually make you qualified to hold public office and the voters and the groups which endorse candidates and get them elected are looking for practical experience.
If I had Ashford's $10 million or the power to effect real change, I'd take these young libertarians and get them the hell out of academia and away from the environment of intellectual quilting bees and abstract theory. They need to spend time working on actual political campaigns or on Capitol Hill. Even if they're working for politicians they don't necessarily agree with, they'd learn more that's practically useful in advancing liberty from a summer internship in DC than they are going to learn in a pointless lifetime of books and lectures and conferences. They need the practical experience to transform their ideas and beliefs into practical reality and they need to access a different kind of learning.