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Jeff Riggenbach

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Jeff Riggenbach is a journalist, author, editor, broadcaster, and educator. A member of the Organization of American Historians and a senior fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute, he has written for such newspapers as the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle; such magazines as Reason, Inquiry, and Liberty; and such websites as,, and His books include In Praise of Decadence (1998), Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism (2009), and Persuaded by Reason: Joan Kennedy Taylor & the Rebirth of American Individualism (2014). Drawing on vocal skills he honed in classical and all-news radio in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston, Riggenbach has also narrated the audiobook versions of numerous libertarian works, many of them available on

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Alan Bock: Libertarian Intellectual

BiographiesFree MarketsU.S. Economy

06/03/2011Mises Daily Articles
He was a great intellectual and deserves a high place in the history of libertarian ideas.
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The Brilliance of Randolph Bourne

BiographiesFree MarketsU.S. History

05/27/2011Mises Daily Articles
His radically antiwar views on the eve of the US government's intervention in World War I got him fired from the New Republic . He stuck to his principles and produced some of the best antiwar and antistate writings of the 20th century. Bourne speaks to us today.
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Alan Bock: Persuasion for Liberty

As the fastest good writer, Bock was an intellectual libertarian doing the daily heavy lifting required to engage in the war of ideas.
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The Power of Persuasion

Free MarketsWar and Foreign PolicyInterventionism

05/20/2011Mises Daily Articles
What they were interested in was a collection of issues that included the right to own gold and the abolition of the military draft.
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Randolph Bourne (1886–1918)

The State manuscript and Bourne's famous phrase within it - War is the health of the state -was only discovered after his death. Bourne's radical anti-war views earned him the focused wrath of the pro-war group. The Randolph Bourne Institute and the website are his memorial.
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