Big government, small \"l?\"

Google the phrase "small-government libertarian" and you'll notice that what seems like a rhetorical flourish, mere emphasis, comes up quite a bit. Most recently, in an article by Peter Suderman (my emphasis):

Studio 60 may not mark a new political direction for Sorkin, but it does shrink the distance between his brand of liberal politics and the views of small-government libertarians.

But is there any other type of libertarian? And what qualifies as "small government?" Should we even judge government on such an aesthetic criteria?

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