Murray Rothbard on The Lions of LibertySubmitted by Marc Clair on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 10:47
This week we look at a couple excerpts from Rothbard's classic essay, "Do You Hate The State?". The purpose of this essay is to address what Rothbard believes was the biggest divide amongst the libertarian intellectuals of his day. He believes that the biggest issue is not the debate between different philosophies or strategies amongst libertarians, rather that it is between those that passionately hate the State, the "radicals" if you will, and those that simply see anarcho-capitalism or libertarianism as a better system, but at the same time seem to be content to live in the system we have now.
Perhaps the word that best defines our distinction is "radical." Radical in the sense of being in total, root-and-branch opposition to the existing political system and to the State itself. Radical in the sense of having integrated intellectual opposition to the State with a gut hatred of its pervasive and organized system of crime and injustice. Radical in the sense of a deep commitment to the spirit of liberty and antistatism that integrates reason and emotion, heart and soul.
I believe this "radicalism" accurately describes, for the most part, the philosophy and passion of the writers at Lions of Liberty, (as well as many of of the passionate posters here at the Daily Paul). I don't believe that any of us were inspired to get together and create this website as a forum for advancing the ideas of liberty simply because we think that libertarianism is a marginally better system than the one we have now. Each of us were passionately driven by a deep moral resentment towards the State and all of its schemes once we began down the path towards learning about liberty. While we all may have come to this through different issues - be they the wars, civil liberties, etc., we all came to a similar radicalism in our cause against the State.