Sadly, we live in a world in which some of the services many people depend on are provided by The State. This leaves libertarians in an awkward position of choosing to do without what may be a valuable service or appeal to a state agency, when in a libertarian world, such services would no doubt be provided by the market. I try not to be on my libertarian high horse because of that reality, and would not be critical of the occasional use of law enforcement for legitimate ends, when market solutions would not be practical because of the very existence of The State.
I think some self-described libertarians do not quite understand that a libertarian society would not be a utopia. Of course you recognize this, Ian. I think when self-described libertarians have real-world conflict it provides teaching opportunities for us all.
I’m glad you were able to work things out, somewhat, without violence ensuing.