What exactly is a Crypto-libertarian? One of the earliest references to that term is found in a 1999 Salon article but it gives no definition.
Gary Reed notes the same lack of definition, on Reason to Freedom:
The term crypto-libertarian pops up all over the politicosphere where everybody uses it but nobody bothers to define it.
Merriam-Webster Online defines "crypto" as: Hidden; not openly avowed or declared; a person who adheres or belongs secretly to a party, sect, or other group.
Meanwhile, a simple modern American definition of libertarian is: "maximum freedom, minimum coercion."
Which implies that a "crypto-libertarian" is a "secret freedom advocate."