Neither is conservatism a makeshift fusion of capitalists, Christians, and warriors, for that fusion is impelled by a more elemental force—the opposition to the liberation of men and women from the fetters of their superiors, particularly in the private sphere. Such a view might seem miles away from the libertarian defense of the free market, with its celebration of the atomistic and autonomous individual. But it is not.
When the libertarian looks out upon society, he does not see isolated
individuals; he sees private, often hierarchical, groups, where a father
governs his family and an owner his employees.