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anaxarchos Donating Member (963 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-08-07 08:49 PM
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241. Funny you should mention it...
The author appreciates the posters critique. Perhaps the poster will allow the author the leeway to answer his criticisms in reverse.

It is odd that the poster should focus on the religious-right because the very next installment (or sidebar) to the series is precisely on that topic. As the poster may be aware, there was an abortive attempt to merge the Christian right with emergent libertarianism during WW2. Since the religious right focused on counter-acting Social Gospel, in the same way that classical liberalism sought to undermine the New Deal, it is not that much of a stretch to have considered a synthesis or perhaps a division of labor between the physical and metaphysical territories. It appears that this synthesis was undermined by postwar Libertarian secularism and various Randians (the author is not the least bit interested in debating whether Rand was a genuine Libertarian or not). In any case, the effort seems to have been revived in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

It may disturb the poster to know that the architect of that revival was none other than the ubiquitous Volker Fund. The most important step in this direction was the hiring by the Fund of Rousas John Rushdoony, the father of Christian Reconstructionism and Dominionism (unless the poster would like to once again challenge paternity), who also now became the father of Christian Libertarianism. In 1965, Rushdoony relied on the Volker network of funding sources to create the Chalcedon Foundation. According to Mark Rushdoony (Rousas Johns son who now heads Chalcedon), When Newsweek dedicated an issue to the Religious Right after the Reagan landslide in 1980, they included a chart of Whos Who in the Religious Right. Under think tanks only one was listed Chalcedon My father started Chalcedon in 1965. He had been a researcher and writer for the William Volker Fund in 1962 and had worked on writing grants for its spin-off, the Center for American Studies.

Once again, no conspiracy is implied. Gary North, the Christian Libertarian Economist, also known as Scary Gary for both his advocacy of Capital Punishment for adulterers and homosexuals, and his yearly predictions for the end of the world, openly and routinely brags about his father-in-laws (it is a family thing, isnt it?) connection to the Volker Fund and his Libertarian synthesis on North himself worked for both the Volker Fund and the FEE (as well as for Congressman Ron Paul). In summary, the author blames the posters chosen ideology for the rise of the religious right as well, at least in part.

Finally, the author notes the posters criticism that the article is factually incorrect and unsourced. The author is surprised, however, that the poster would choose to select that particular paragraph and that particular subject with which to take issue. While the poster implies factual fault, the posters only point is one of subjective interpretation rather than an objective or factual correction. Was Rothbard really the father of Left-Libertarianism? Well, Rothbard was the first to propose a post-WW2 Libertarian turn toward the left, predating Van Parijs, Hess, Konkin, Long, and anyone else the author knows about. That makes him the father according to the author. That the term is used somewhat generically is a given.

As to the specific sectarian dicing of who specifically calls themselves left-libertarians today, and so on, the author readily admits to complete disinterest. In his turn, though, the author wonders if the posters slip isnt showing.
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