I have a list of intellectual heroes who, while not all pure libertarians, were all courageous thinkers and writers who were willing to buck the tide of society. Ralph Waldo Emerson, for sure, but also Lord Bertrand Russell. He actually went to prison for his opposition to conscription in England in World War I. In recently reading his 1931 book called “Proposed Roads to Freedom,” I came across the following quote which I had not noticed before:
“My own opinion — which I may as well indicate at the outset — is that pure anarchism, though it should be the ultimate ideal to which society should continually approximate, is for the present impossible, and would not survive more than a year or two at most if it were tried.”
Somehow, his “lovable” opinion (as Murray might have put it) that anarchism is the ultimate ideal to which society should continually approximate does not lessen my respect and admiration for him in the least.