Thursday, March 30, 2006

Libertarian Leftism in a nutshell

Roderick T. Long delivered the Rothbard Memorial Lecture this month at the 2006 Austrian Scholars Conference, and it’s now available as a free download from the Mises Institute in both audio MP3 and video.

This is a bold and stimulating address. Roderick uses Murray Rothbard’s seminal 1965 essays “Left and Right: The Prospects for Liberty” and “Liberty and the New Left” as launch pads to first reintroduce the idea of libertarianism’s intrinsic leftism and then magnificently defend — at least in broad terms — the Libertarian Leftist perspective.

Roderick says reactions to his lecture “ranged from enthusiastic agreement to dismayed perplexity.” Personally, I think anyone who takes the time to download and listen to “Rothbard’s ‘Left and Right’: 40 Years Later” will experience a genuine stirring of the blood and a rekindling of the fighting libertarian spirit. Don’t miss this.

2 Comments:

At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Sunni said...

Thanks, Wally; I'm downloading it now. I'll admit to being a bit bemused by all this leaning, whether left or right; but I like Long's written work and I expect I'll get a lot out of this.

 
At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Roderick T. Long said...

Wow, thanks for the plug and the kind words!

It should also be available in text form on the Mises site ere long.

 

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