A Strategy for LibertySubmitted by Marc Clair on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 10:09
by Bionic Mosquito
The title of this post is taken from chapter 15 of Murray Rothbard’s For a New Liberty. Throughout the book, Rothbard has laid out the case for the libertarian solution to the problems of politics and government. In this chapter, he suggests how to get from here to there. He also deals with some of the common objections to the idea of liberty and to the approach taken by some. For these reasons, I found this chapter to be most valuable.
Education: Theory and Movement
We face the great strategic problem of all “radical” creeds throughout history: How can we get from here to there, from our current State-ridden and imperfect world to the great goal of liberty?
On one point there can scarcely be disagreement: a prime and necessary condition for libertarian victory (or, indeed, for victory for any social movement, from Buddhism to vegetarianism) is education: the persuasion and conversion of large numbers of people to the cause.
Sadly, this point is missed by many. Without education – “the persuasion and conversion of large numbers of people” – there is no hope ever to see a movement toward liberty take hold. This was the benefit of Ron Paul’s two recent presidential campaigns – through his efforts, countless millions have had the scales lifted from their eyes.
Many individuals and organizations contribute today to this education. Two of the most prominent are The Mises Institute and LewRockwell.com. There are many others that contribute as well: The Daily Bell, Justin Raimondo, Economic Policy Journal, and the Future of Freedom Foundation to name a few. I certainly am leaving off many. Each one speaks to people in different ways, yet each makes a valuable contribution to the education of liberty.
Rothbard deals with one criticism often heard – “we” are only talking to ourselves: