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.