The Libertarian Tradition

Clarence Darrow (1857–1938)

The Clarence Darrow of 1902 was on pretty much the same wavelength as the Murray Rothbard of 80 years later. They both rejected the statist means.
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Conjectural History

Historians must use Rand's sense of life to make their best guess of how things happened when the past facts are lost.
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Conspiracy Theories, History, and The State

BiographiesPolitical Theory

Obama's White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is run by Cass Sunstein. Sunstein and Vermeule's paper on conspiracies theories, e.g. JFK, TWA 800, global warming fraud, MLK killed by feds,concludes that some theories create problems for government to solve.
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Edgar Z. Friedenberg: Deference to Authority

Friedenberg was among those who regarded US participation in the Vietnam War as an abomination. He had begun expressing his outrage in print in the mid-'60s, though most of it was directed at American public schools rather than at American foreign policy...
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Eight Ways to Run the Country

Riggenbach's review of Mitchell's book is mixed because he does not find a fit with the political perspectives described as individualist or paleolibertarian.
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Emma Goldman (1869–1940)

No other woman in America ever had to suffer such persistent persecution.
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Eric Arthur Blair aka George Orwell (1903–1950)

One doesn't have to read far into the works of George Orwell to discover that he had no understanding of economics whatsoever and was not personally a libertarian in the sense we have in mind when we use that word today...
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Frank Chodorov, Educator

You have only a few years to live and cannot hope to remake society in so short a time. Nobody now living will see a free society in America. But, in fighting for it, one can have a lot of fun. Consider the effort as a legacy to your great-grandchildren.
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Frank Chodorov, Non-Voter

If we don't seek to use the vote to steer American society away from the direction in which it has been moving for all these many decades, what do we do instead? For Chodorov, that was a question very easily answered: we put our efforts into education.
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Frédéric Bastiat (1801–1850)

Forerunner of the Austrian School, Bastiat contributed high quality popularization of such legal and economic ideas as legalized plunder, everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else and the fable of the broken window in which what is not seen is as important or more than what is seen.
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