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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/14602/las-vegas-seven-profiles-true-liberty/

Las Vegas Seven profiles true liberty

November 11, 2010 by

Las Vegas Seven writes about Murray Rothbard in Las Vegas and the influence of libertarianism on the Tea Party, which “cribs from the libertarian playbook but hasn’t really read the thing.” Doug French is quoted at length.


AubreyHerbert November 11, 2010 at 10:17 am

“cribs from the libertarian playbook but hasn’t really read the thing.”
Haha, definitely. http://www.anvari.org/db/fun/Political/Bush_Reading_Upside_Down.jpg

Jake November 11, 2010 at 10:36 am

Awesome read. And I’ve never seen several of those pics of Rothbard.

JFF November 11, 2010 at 10:40 am


JFF November 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Gems (sarcasm added) in this article:

1. Wayne Allyn Root: “I’m kind of recreating libertarianism…I’m a Ronald Regan libertarian. Traditional libertarianism mixes in too many things that are liberal. That’s why it doesn’t work. It needs to blend with conservatism.”

2. Nasser Daneshvary: “While he influenced some non-economic people, his influence on economics was not much. He had this idea of 100 percent gold reserve. It might sound very good. But it would not work.”

3. “On our way out, we ran into [Bernard] Malamud and Daneshvary. Malamud asked French if Rothbard’s lecture on Mises was available online; he didn’t want to lecture on the subject, so he figured he’d let Rothbard’s ghost do it. It seemed like a fitting tribute. But just as we were leaving, Malamud gestured to me from his office. ‘If you ever want to do a story on real economics,’ he said ‘give me a call.’”

Although in all seriousness, I really enjoyed Doug French’s decimation of the idea that Nevada is the foremost “libertarian” state.

Les November 12, 2010 at 6:53 am

What? No mention of Hans-Hermann Hoppe?

Karl Dickey November 12, 2010 at 8:38 am

A Ronald Reagan libertarian? WTF is a Ronald Reagan libertarian? He gave some libertarian-minded speeches, however didn’t follow them up with action. Instead the government got larger, became more intrusive into our lives and citizens became less free – how is that in any way related to being a libertarian?

Seattle November 13, 2010 at 2:54 pm

In the magical kingdom of politics, words are all that counts. If everyone says Ronald Regan was a libertarian, then he was. If we say WWII saved the economy, then it did. What actually happened doesn’t matter.

“Trust in the power of words to command reality underlies all delusions.”

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