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Real Libertarianism

This will be my final post reviewing the compilation of Murray Rothbard’s essays for the Rothbard-Rockwell Report, entitled “The Irrepressible Rothbard.”  This has been both an entertaining and enlightening read; further, it has provided a walk down memory lane – the national politics of the early 1990s. Max Lerner I begin with Rothbard’s examination of […]

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Kulturkampf!

The title of an essay written by Murray Rothbard in October 1992, captured in the compilation “The Irrepressible Rothbard.” Yes, yes, you rotten hypocritical liberals, it’s a culture war!  And high time, too!  It is, of course, typical of our liberal “intellectual” and media elite: after having ridden through and captured our culture, after twenty-odd […]

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The United Airlines Disaster

Anyone who flies knows the drill: airlines overbook their flights.  They do this because some passengers will change plans and not take the flight.  Occasionally this practice by the airlines results in too many passengers and not enough seats.  At the gate the agent asks for volunteers, offering compensation for those willing to take a […]

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The Way the Wind Blows

NB: This will be one of my more disjointed posts.  Today’s events make clear where the world is headed…and one way or another, it ain’t pretty.   But my views on that are for another day. Just a couple of days ago, I wrote “The Takeover is Complete.”  Trump has gone from radical to neocon insider […]

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Libertarians and the Nation

“The Irrepressible Rothbard” Murray Rothbard, writing at the time of the collapse of communist Eastern Europe, addresses the issue of the suppressed nationalities: …it is a chance in Europe at long last, to begin to reverse the monstrous twin injustices of Sarajevo and Versailles One wonders why Sarajevo and Versailles would need to be addressed […]

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The Hollowed-Out Empire

John Batchelor interviewed Michael Vlahos, Naval War College.  The topic was “Imagining the Fall of the American Empire.”  Vlahos doesn’t just imagine it – it is inevitable. I offer some paraphrased excerpts from the interview – no transcript, just as fast as I could type.  I will offer these paraphrased excerpts without further comment until […]

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666

Revelation 13 1 The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. […]

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What John McCain Means by ‘Our Country’

“I am more worried about this country than I’ve been in my entire lifetime,” [John McCain] said.  “We are seeing strains on the world order.” What does McCain mean by “this country”?  Does he mean the people, customs, and culture, or does he mean the government – the elite and their puppets in Washington?  Is […]

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Why They Hate Rothbard

Given the foundational work Rothbard has done in developing and furthering libertarian theory, it is interesting to note how he is at best ignored and at worst despised by the broader libertarian movement. What is more interesting is that Rothbard takes bullets from all sides – in many ways, the one thing many mainstream libertarians […]

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Uncomfortable Questions

An interesting dialogue.  One that raises uncomfortable questions.  The dialogue has been ongoing at this blog for quite some time; in many ways, the dialogue can be summarized here, beginning with the comment by Nick Badalamenti March 22, 2017, at 6:38 AM. For close to two years I have been examining the relationship of the […]

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Libertarians and Open Borders

I return to the compilation of Rothbard’s essays originally written for the Rothbard-Rockwell Report, entitled “The Irrepressible Rothbard.”  This essay is entitled “Education: Rethinking Choice.” You might ask: what does education choice have to do with open borders?  Walk with me, and keep an open mind. Rothbard sees vouchers, allowing parents a choice in where […]

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Rothbard on Trump

Didn’t think it was possible, did you? A Strategy for the Right, first published in 1992 in the Rothbard-Rockwell Report, it is the opening chapter in a compilation of Rothbard’s essays, entitled “The Irrepressible Rothbard.” What I call the Old Right is suddenly back! Rothbard felt the proper home for libertarians was with the right […]

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A Step in the Right Direction

Trump has released his first budget proposal.  It is the most radical budget proposal ever offered by a president in the last seven million years…give or take.  The reactions are predictable…and curious. First, the predictable: in no way, shape or form will the budget finally authorized by congress look anything like this. Some of President […]

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The Bedrock Libertarian Principle

Sheldon Richman has written a piece entitled “In Defense of Extreme Cosmopolitanism.”  What does he mean by “cosmopolitanism”? Original cosmopolitan liberalism, what we call libertarianism today…. Huh?  I guess I need to understand the definition of “cosmopolitan”: Free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments; at home all over the world. What does […]

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Piled Higher and Deeper

Get out the shovel…. Robert Kagan has written a piece entitled “Backing into World War III.”  Kagan instead prefers a headlong rush into human oblivion. Who is Robert Kagan? Robert Kagan (born September 26, 1958) is an American historian, author, columnist, and foreign-policy commentator. Kagan is mainly characterized as a leading neoconservative, but he prefers […]

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Russian Ukraine Is Finally Seceding

During the Munich Security Conference a couple of weeks ago, news came out that Russia would recognize various documents issued by eastern Ukrainian authorities – in other words, from the separatist regions of Donbass. “The decree stated clearly this was made out of humanitarian concerns…until Minsk agreements have been fulfilled. The presidential decree validated IDs […]

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The Speech

I return to the podcast of Lew Rockwell interviewing Angelo Codevilla, where Codevilla offers, and I will paraphrase: the media talking class are wrong about Trump voters, that they will stick with Trump no matter what.  If Trump doesn’t continue along the path on which he campaigned, they will look for someone else, someone even […]

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Get Off My Lawn

A paraphrased version of one of the best lines from Gran Torino.  I could easily write twenty posts using various Clint Eastwood one-liners for titles – or at least some paraphrased version of same.  I suspect I have done so once or twice before, but I really don’t recall. I hope most of you recognize […]

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