...this talk of Libertarianism as a simplified, ideologically based political position, being attractive to "nerds" who are logical, gravitate toward principals, and have less understanding of "how people actually work" reminded me of this pithy little ditty:
According to the author of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" (wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_dad_poor_dad) he describes how the public schools (as has been said in other comments) is designed to train "good workers," but those who excel in business have a different kind of smarts that schools don't measure (an understanding of people and opportunity, perhaps?). So his prediction for where different grade-earners end up in the economy:
"The A students end up working for the C students,
and the B students end up working for the government."
I see this applying in terms of the "logical, intelligent nerd who is good at systems" really excelling *as someone else's employee* (programmer, IT manager, etc.) but the boss is always that business person who isn't smart in the usual way, necessarily, yet has an understanding the nerds lack.