Wednesday, May 25, 2005

"Truth is not a half-way place"

When I was a baby libertarian in the early 1970s, the late Bob LeFevre was one of my teachers. I read his books (and there were quite a few in print back then), I read his newsletter, and I attended several of his lectures. In the early days of our "modern" libertarian movement, few teachers of the freedom philosophy were as thorough yet succinct and effective as Bob. His Freedom School, which he ran in Colorado in the late 1950s and into the '60s, was groundbreaking, featuring teachers like Rose Wilder Lane, Frank Chodorov, and my friend Butler Shaffer. Robert Heinlein based the character Bernardo de la Paz from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress on Bob LeFevre.

The Mises Institute offers free MP3 downloads of dozens of Bob's lectures from the '70s, on everything -- economics, property rights, natural rights, the free market, Communism, anarchism, American history, Fabianism... And every one of them will exponentially expand your understanding. Best of all, the lectures can now be heard 24/7 on your computer, absolutely free, on streaming Mises Radio. Bob used to say that "truth is not a half-way place," and when you listen to these old lectures, I promise, you'll know the truth.


At 9:16 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

"A libertarian is a person in the extreme middle."

Which is what Gary Nolan and Butler Shaffer subsequently said.

This is beautiful stuff. Some people are not very good readers but good listeners. LeFevre, from what I've heard so far, is a great communicator, which means he explains things in simple terms, and explains any complex words.

And hearing the libertarian message is often more inspiring than just reading it.

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I meant David Nolan, of the Nolan chart.


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