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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-08-07 08:30 AM
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202. Factually incorrect and unsourced.
In particular this paragraph has serious issues:
The Fund also now began to recruit friendly young "future-scholars" and subsidize their development. Not only was the cause thus advanced, but a modest intelligence network became a part of the "Libertarian Movement". One such early recruit was Murray Rothbard, later to become famous as the "father" of "Left Libertarianism", "Libertarian anarchism", and "anarco-capitalism". Later much castigated for his "sellout to the Right-wing Republicans", Rothbard had, from the first, been intimately wrapped up in Anti-Communism, McCarthyism, the "Old Right", and the right-wing ideology of the Volker Fund. It was through the Fund that he became an associate of Ayn Rand and a student of Mises.

Rothbard was not a left-libertarian and certainly was not its father. Left-libertarianism is a term that has been used by several different movements, some only nominally on the left. Rothbard briefly self-identified as one in the 1960s but only after advocating alliances between the left and libertarianism on select issues, such as the Vietnam War. He did not "sellout to the Right-wing Republics" {Note: Where are these quotes coming from!?} as the Republican Party came around to his way of thinking. A decade later Ronald Reagan would famously declare that "conservatism is libertarianism". Rothbard did in fact coin the term "anarcho-capitalism" which does indeed fit his beliefs quite nicely however to consider him the "father" of a philosophy whose roots lie in classical liberalism is, I think, stretching.

If the author would be a bit more rigorous in their history and clearly cite sources this would be a pretty good paper. As it is it is a conspiracy theory implying a secret cabal controlling the formation of political opinion. By hyperfocusing on the Volker fund the author is missing the forest for the trees; the rise of the religious right and the influence of social darwinist thought especially escaping the author's attention.

Nicely written though. Too bad the author chooses to remain anonymous as he/she has a nice way with words.
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