A conservative libertarian does not believe that a
truly free society will result from some Götterdämmerung of government, in which the shackles of the state are finally thrown off, and that any compromise will only postpone the day of freedom. The conservative libertarian would probably not differ too much in his vision of utopia, but he believes that freedom is a comparative situation, and that we may need to compromise, horse-trade, and sometimes travel by an indirect route to bring society closer to the final but unattainable goal.
Heritage’s Stuart Butler, defending his “enterprise zones” idea in 1982. I think a lot of left-leaning folks underestimate the extent to which the exact same arguments about the virtues of compromise take place, or at the very least took place, on the right.