In order to change the present system we must be able to analyze and explore it, and to see in the concrete how our libertarian view can be applied to such an analysis and to the prospects for social change. —Murray Rothbard
If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. —Ronald Reagan
Murray Rothbard’s vision
The Ludwig von Mises Institute celebrated the ebook release this month of the two-volume collection The Complete Libertarian Forum, containing all articles of the bold libertarian newsletter primarily written by Murray Rothbard during its fifteen-year run. In the March 1969 preview issue’s introductory piece Rothbard explains the two-fold purpose of The Libertarian as a means to build unity and cohesion in the libertarian movement while providing practical ideas for bridging the chasmic gap between libertarian theory and real-world application. If only Rothbard could have lived to see the greater liberty movement today!
The greatest byproduct of retired Congressman Ron Paul’s past two bids for the presidency is the youth-heavy movement of passionate conservative/libertarian activists who seem never to grow tired of spreading the message of constitutionally limited government and maximum individual liberty.
Dr. Paul’s philosophy, which has finally embedded into the minds of hundreds of thousands of young people, accomplishes the arduous intellectual task of interweaving the libertarian philosophy of Rothbard and the Austrian-school forefathers with the paleoconservative philosophy of Barry Goldwater and Robert Taft, while reconciling both similar schools of thought with the conservative/libertarian worldviews of America’s leading founders.
Thanks to Congressman Paul’s guidance and the mobilization of activists through organizations like Young Americans for Liberty and its strategic partners, conservative/libertarian ideas are beginning to translate into public policy.