Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Why Murray Rothbard matters

Just in case someone out there is still wondering, my friend Wendy McElroy spells out why Murray N. Rothbard matters.

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At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wally, can you explain his drift to paleolibertarianism and his support of Patrick Buchanan? He lost me when he did that.

At 7:20 PM, Blogger Wally Conger said...

Of course, I can't speak for Rothbard. But paleolibertarianism never seemed, IMHO, to soften Murray's radicalism. He supported Buchanan, as I recall, in opposition to the Gulf War in '91; but then, he always supported the strongest antiwar candidates. (Rothbard never endorsed Buchanan's protectionist economic positions.)

Rothbard ALWAYS tried to build political coalitions, whether Left or Right. And as a cultural conservative whose activism sprung originally from the Old Right, I think he found a comfortable spot on the Paleo-Right in the early 1990s. As someone who regularly attended gatherings of the John Randolph Club back then, I can say that the Paleo-Right was then strongly antistatist and antiwar.

At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Wally. I guess it makes some sense, although I would have supported Marrou over Buchanan in '92. Of course, since I'm a non-voting anarcho-cap I didn't have to make that choice.


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