Mother Jones attempts a taxonomy of libertarian thought in order to figure out where Ron Paul fits. My feeling is that Ron Paul can only be understood by abandoning the traditional one-dimensions left-right political axis, or, rather, augmenting it with more axes: libertarian-authoritarian, centralist-decentralist, material-spiritual, and probably a few I've forgotten.
Congressman Ron Paul's third-place finish in Tuesday's Iowa Republican Caucus was a remarkably strong showing for a candidate who has so little in common with mainstream Republicans. Perhaps the nation's most politically unique congressman, Paul shares policy stances with conservatives, liberals, and libertarians, while differing markedly from all of them.
The Venn of Ron Paul and Other Mysteries of Libertarianism Explained