Required reading for all lovers of liberty and capitalism. Recommend all Americans read this book.
How Brian Doherty Became a Libertarian
Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement
Featuring the author, Brian Doherty; with comments by E. J. Dionne Jr., Columnist, Washington Post, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; and moderator David Boaz, Executive Vice President, Cato Institute, Author, Libertarianism: A Primer.
For the first time, the history of the modern libertarian movement is presented in one comprehensive book. Reason editor Brian Doherty has pored through archives across the country and conducted dozens of interviews. The result is a book that moves smoothly from the ideas of Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand, and F. A. Hayek to the growth of libertarian think tanks to the factional feuds within the Libertarian Party. Every reader, no matter how well informed, will learn things from this book. Radicals for Capitalism will take its place alongside other key books about American ideological and political movements. Don’t miss the unveiling of this impressive book.
Conservatism vs Libertarianism – Brian Doherty
Reason Magazine Senior Editor Brian Doherty discusses the differences between libertarianism and traditional conservative ideologies.
Brian Doherty considers “Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement.”
This illuminating, lively history of a political movement on the rise – told through the life stories of its standard bearers – casts new light on the intellectual and political history of post-WWII America. Doherty traces the evolution of libertarianism through the unconventional stories of Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, and Milton Friedman, and their personal battles, character flaws, love affairs, and historical events that altered its course. In so doing, he provides a fascinating new perspective on American history, from the New Deal through the culture wars of the 1060s to today’s divisiveness.
In February, the Wall Street Journal noted, “With ‘Radicals for Capitalism’, Brian Doherty finally gives libertarianism its due…Mr. Doherty has rescued libertarianism from its own obscurity, eloquently capturing the appeal of the ‘pure idea’, its origins in great minds and the feistiness of its many current champions.” – Cody’s Books
Brian Doherty is a senior editor of Reason, the libertarian monthly named one of “The 50 Best Magazines” three out of the past four years by the Chicago Tribune. Established in 1968 and a four-time finalist for National Magazine Awards, Reason has a print circulation of 40,000 and won the 2005 Western Publications Association “MAGGIE” Award for best political magazine.
Brian Doherty on The Forgotten History of the Antiwar Right
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Gun Rights on Trial: Brian Doherty Reacts to D.C. v. Heller
Gun Rights Under Obama – Brian Doherty
Brian Doherty on Ron Paul’s Revolution
Ron Paul Supporters Seek to Assert Presence at RNC and Influence Long Term Direction of GOP
Brian Doherty Discusses ‘Ron Paul’s Revolution’
Brian Doherty’s Favorite Obscure Libertarian: Thomas Szasz
Background Articles and Videos
Libertarianism From A to Z With Jeffrey Miron
What happened to the “libertarian moment”?
With Ron Paul retiring, who will pick up the mantle of the libertarian movement?
The Libertarian View: Liberty and the Path of History
Exploring Liberty: The History of Liberty, Pt. 1 (Tom G. Palmer)
The Morality of Capitalism | Tom G. Palmer
Tom G. Palmer gives a speech based on his new book, “The Morality of Capitalism.” Presented at the John Locke Foundation on October 17, 2011.
Thomas Szasz on Socialism in Health Care
The health care debate is fundamentally broken, argues the great psychiatry skeptic Thomas Szasz, because it assumes a flawed premise. Namely, that “diseases require treatment, so the thing to do is to avoid diseases so you don’t need treatment.”
Szasz ties this to the problem of socialism in health care. Because of the way we think about disease, we have a health care system that removes control from individuals and gives it to state-enabled doctors and insurance companies. In psychology, for example, “diseases are no longer defined by pathologists but are defined essentially by a political process.”
This has lead to, among other things, more expensive health care. Szasz offers seven reasons why, many having to do with the way we think about disease, how it should be treated, and the relationship between citizens and medicine.
A Special Tribute to Thomas Szasz
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”Full government control of all activities of the individual is virtually the goal of both national parties.”
~Ludwig von Mises
“A society that does not recognize that each individual has values of his own which he is entitled to follow can have no respect for the dignity of the individual and cannot really know freedom.”
~Friedrich A. Hayek
“The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.”
Glenn Beck On Political Parties and Independents
U.S. Party ID Advantage Stays With Democrats
Democrats Hold Clear Advantage Among Women
GOP Faces Party ID Deficit Among All Age Groups
Gingrich warns conservatives could form third party
Ron Paul: The Poor & Middle Class Are Suffering While The Elites Are Being Bailed Out!
Joe Scarborough: Republican Party Is Radical, Not Conservative
Scarborough on GOP: No New Ideas
Many movement conservatives and libetarians that in the past voted Republican have decided that both political parties no longer represent the interests of the American people.
Both political parties are enlarging the scope and size government–more government spending, taxes, debt and regulations:
Stop Spending Our Future – The Crisis
Taxes are NOT the problem…
Instead of truly cutting the number of Federal Government Departments, budgets, programs, and taxes–both parties want to expand them.
The individual and family are under attack by more and more government at the local, state, and Federal level.
Government growth has become a cancer that needs to be stopped.
More and more I am convinced that a third party based on limited government would be successful in getting both Republican and Democratic voters as well as independents as party members.
It will take ten to twenty years or more to organize and win a majority of the voters.
Several conservative and libertarian talk show hosts have in the past worked in Republican administrations.
These talk show hosts are married to the Republican Party and want no part of a new conservative/libertarian fusion party of American citizens.
Unfortunately, the glory golden days of Senator Barry Goldwater and President Reagan are long gone, but not forgotten.
Most conservatives and libertarians have no desire to work in any administration, Republican or Democratic.
Trying to change the Republican Party leadership is of no interest to them.
Movement conservatives and libertarians did change the leadership of the Republican Party in 1964.
Then waited another 16 years before Ronald Reagan was finally elected.
Conservatives Re-Take the Republican Party at the 1964 Convention
Ronald Reagan Speech – 1964 Republican National Convention
Let the supporters of Rockefeller, Bush and McCain–moderates and liberals–keep the Republican Party.
Instead, a new party that runs on conservative and libertarian principles and delivers on them would win my vote.
A new party whatever the name will arise from a grassroot movement of individuals that favor limited government, massive cuts in spending, lower taxes, fewer regulations, ending illegal immigration and starting criminal alien removal, individual ownership accounts for Social Security, bringing all the troops home from around the world, universal education vouchers to promote competition with government schools, and yes, The FairTax!
Neither the Democrats nor Republicans support such initiatives–most of them actually oppose most if not all of them.
There is a need for leaders that can communicate ideas and organize a grassroots movement.
There is also a need for financial backers that can supply the money to fund the party building activities and political campaigns.
A leader that is a combination of Ronald Reagan and George Marshall backed by a Bill Gates would fit the profile.
Leaders must be thinkers and communicators and not just readers of prepared speeches.
Remember Ronald Reagan read and understood the works of the great economists Ludwig von Mises, Friederick Hayek and Milton Friedman:
“Rowland Evans: “What philosophical thinkers or writers most influenced your conduct as a leader, as a person?” Ronald Reagan: “Well .. I’ve always been a voracious reader — I have read the economic views of von Mises and Hayek, and .. Bastiat .. I know about Cobden and Bright in England — and the elimination of the corn laws and so forth, the great burst of economy or prosperity for England that followed.” (Rowland Evans & Robert Novak, The Reagan Revolution, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1981, p. 229).
“The most important player on Ronald Reagan’s economic team is Ronald Reagan. The person most responsible for creating the economic program that came to be known as Reaganomics is Reagan himself. For over twenty years he observed the American economy, read and studied the writings of some of the best economists in the world, including the giants of the free market economy — Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman — and he spoke and wrote on the economy, going through the rigorous mental discipline of explaining his thoughts to others. Over the years he made all the key decisions on the economic strategies he finally embraced. He always felt comfortable with his knowledge of the field and he was in command all the way.” (Martin Anderson, Revolution, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988, p. 164.)
The Tea Party American People from both political parties are the core base of a new political party in the United States.
These individuals are throughly disgusted with the fiscally irresponsible Democratic and Republican Parties who put the needs of the government bureaucracy and political elites before the needs and aspirations of the American people.
Many Democrats, Republicans and Independents are demanding a party of principles where God and family are first and government is limited and tertiary.
An alliance of American Citizens– former Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and Independents– would win in a landslide exceeding those of President Reagan in 1980 and 1984.
The time for an American conservative and libertarian party is now!
Go to a Tea Party in your community or attend the Washington D.C. Tea Parties on July 4, 2009–Independence Day!
Join the Second American Revolution
Please Spread The Message of Liberty
“Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.”
“The characteristic mark of this age of dictators, wars and revolutions is its anticapitalistic bias. Most governments and political parties are eager to restrict the sphere of private initiative and free enterprise.”
~Ludwig von Mises
“I very seriously believe that capitalism is not only a better form of organizing human activity than any deliberate design, any attempt to organize it to satisfy particular preference, to aim at what people regard as beautiful or pleasant order, but it is also the indespensable condition for just keeping that population alive which exists already in the world. I regard the preservation of what is known as the capitalist system, of the system of free markets and the private ownership of the means of production, as an essential condition of the very survival of mankind.”
~Friedrich A. Hayek
“I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it’s possible. ”
Background Articles and Videos
The National Council for a New America launched with an open letter that’s notable for what it leaves out: The issues that a large segment of the party’s base are most passionate about. The letter, signed by 14 congressional Republican leaders, makes no mention of same-sex marriage, immigration — legal or otherwise — or abortion.
The letter outlines five policy areas, four of them domestic, and promises a search for solutions on the economy and on “high quality, affordable [health] care for all Americans.”
What George Will missed: The decrepit state of the California GOP …”
PEGGY NOONANAmerica may be ready for a new political party.
“…Right now the Republicans and Democrats in Washington seem, from the outside, to be an elite colluding against the voter. They’re in agreement: immigration should not be controlled but increased, spending will increase, etc.
Are there some dramatic differences? Yes. But both parties act as if they see them not as important questions (gay marriage, for instance) but as wedge issues. Which is, actually, abusive of people on both sides of the question. If it’s a serious issue, face it. Don’t play with it.
I don’t see any potential party, or potential candidate, on the scene right now who can harness the disaffection of growing portions of the electorate. But a new group or entity that could define the problem correctly–that sees the big divide not as something between the parties but between America’s ruling elite and its people–would be making long strides in putting third party ideas in play in America again. …”
It didn’t bode well for a party in flux when the rnc‘s Web guru, Cyrus Krohn, abruptly resigned in March. His farewell blog post was titled “rnc-YA.”
What George Will missed: The decrepit state of the California GOP
By Michelle Malkin
“…George Will’s latest column on the sagging economy of California and the upcoming slate of massive tax-hike initiatives on the ballot only scratches the surface of what’s rotten in the formerly Golden State.
The state GOP is a basket case. The party establishment epitomizes everything that is wrong with the Republican Party nationally: Cronyism, arrogance, waste, and leadership out of touch with its base.
I reportedon how grass-roots conservatives greeted California GOP chairman Ron Nehring with boos and heckles of “Go Home!” and “Throw Them Out!” at the Sacramento Tea Party on April 15. Tea Party organizer Mark Meckler publicly called out Nehring for the party’s waffling on the tax propositions. Nehring attempted to coopt the Tea Party movement for the GOP’s purposes. The tax revolters were having none of it. Here’s the vid: …”
By Michelle Malkin
“…I’ve been seeing a lemming-like increase in hand-wringing articles about the need for a GOP “hero.”
The latest comes from McCain/Bush flack Nicolle Wallace in “The Daily Beast” — Tina Brown’s liberal salon sprinkled with acceptable, non-conservative Beltway Republicans who swallow false premises whole.
Wallace parrots the line that the Republican Party needs an “effective communicator” who can match Obama’s “eloquence.”
Her genius, never-before-thought-of proposal: Get an actor!
Wallace floats Gary Sinise as the next “hero.” …”
By George Will
“…But what actually ails California is centrist evasions. The state’s crisis has been causedby “moderation,” understood as splitting the difference between extreme liberalism and hyperliberalism, a “reasonableness” that merely moderates the speed at which the ever-expanding public sector suffocates the private sector.
California has become liberalism’s laboratory, in which the case for fiscal conservatism is being confirmed. The state is a slow learner and hence will remain a drag on the nation’s economy. But it will be a net benefit to the nation if the federal government and other state governments profit from California’s negative example, which Californians can make more vividly instructive by voting down the propositions on May 19.
Remember the story of the mule that paid attention only after being walloped by a two-by-four? The Democratic-controlled state Legislature is like that. Fortunately, it has handed voters some two-by-fours — the initiatives. Resounding rejections of them should get Sacramento’s attention. …”
Milton Freidman – Socialism vs. Capitalism
Ronald Reagan on Capitalism and Socialism
The Morality of Capitalism 1 – Ayn Rand Institute
The Morality of Capitalism 2 – Ayn Rand Institute
The Morality of Capitalism 3 – Ayn Rand Institute
Contemporary American Conservatism
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