President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and editor of LewRockwell.com

Associations

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Articles

Block Attacks Rockwell for 'Extremism', by Walter Block, 28 Jul 2006
A tongue-in-cheek commentary by Prof. Block on Lew's article about blackouts
"He has no sense of proportion, nor balance. Instead, he marks out the most extreme positions on any given subject, and tries to make them sound, horrors!, reasonable. The latest example of this extremist nonsense ... is a horrendous little piece in which he has the temerity to call for the complete privatization of, would you believe it, electrical utilities."

Writings

An Empire Built of Paper, The American Conservative, 27 Mar 2006
A review of Empire of Debt: The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis by William Bonner and Addison Wiggin
"... the authors ... praise ... men like Warren G. Harding. He was pro-peace, and he pardoned the antiwar hero Eugene Debs, who had been jailed and his health destroyed by Wilson for criticizing conscription. Further, they note that there is no Harding Law, no Harding Building in D.C., no war he started, and no government program he launched."
Are the Salad Days for Somalia Over?, Mises Daily, 8 Jun 2006
"Fifteen glorious years without a central government in Somalia! It was typically described as a 'power vacuum,' as if the absence of a taxing, regulating, coercing junta is an unnatural state of affairs, one that cannot and should not last. Well, now this 'vacuum' is being filled, with an Islamic militia claiming to be in control of the capital of Mogadishu."
Related Topics: Somalia, The State
Biography of Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993)
Related Topic: Henry Hazlitt
Do Greedy Spinach Merchants Want To Kill You?, Mises Daily, 6 Oct 2006
"This is one of the benefits of the information age, when word gets out to hundreds of millions in a matter of minutes. The response was a marvel of how markets can work. A valuable product said to bring health suddenly becomes a source of sickness and within hours, people not only stop eating it; it isn't even available for purchase!"
Related Topic: The Free Market
Don't Do It, Google, 2 May 2006
"But what if Microsoft still dominates the market with inferior technology? Here we must speak to a common myth about free markets. It is not the case that the best technology always wins. All we can say about free markets is that there is a tendency for the most economically suitable products to dominate the market over the long term."
Enemy of the State, Mises Daily, 24 Nov 2006
Review of Justin Raimondo's An Enemy of the State
"As Raimondo says, no biography can be complete without coming to terms with the simultaneous occurrence of all these professional contributions — a tough job when you are dealing with a legacy that includes 25 books and tens of thousands of articles.This is an outstanding account of his life that valiantly struggles to treat them all between two covers, though in the end even Raimondo too must specialize, in this case on Rothbard the cultural-political commentator and organizer."
Entrepreneurship and Social Progress, Mises Daily, 20 Dec 2006
"Philanthropy and entrepreneurship, then, do not stem from opposite impulses, as is commonly thought. They originate from the same source: the intellectual and even spiritual commitment to serve others and make a difference in the world for the good. They are different means of doing the same thing, distinguished from each other only in the method we use to account for them."
Related Topics: Entrepreneurship, Politicians
Foreword to A Foreign Policy of Freedom by Ron Paul, Mises Daily, 15 Mar 2007
"Ron Paul's singular voice on foreign affairs has done so much to keep the flame of a consistent liberty burning in times when it might otherwise have been extinguished. ... He has linked domestic and foreign affairs through libertarian analytics, even when others have been bamboozled by the lies or too intimidated to contradict them."
Related Topic: Ron Paul
Harry Browne, RIP, 3 Mar 2006
Discusses the impact and influence of Browne's first book, his involvement in Libertarian politics in the 1990s and his outspokenness after 9-11
"... Harry Browne ... was a man of great principle who courageously and consistently stood up for liberty even when his position clashed with mainstream political culture and public opinion. ... He changed minds, and stuck to principle the whole time. Harry was not tempted to sell out his message for the sake of more votes. He didn't trim or compromise."
Related Topic: Harry Browne
How Empires Bamboozle the Bourgeoisie, Mises Daily, 28 Oct 2006
"... the people must be bamboozled into accepting some ideological rationale for government to expand and become an imperial power ... If people are religious, the rulers can claim that empire is necessary for religious reasons. If they have a fear of some ghastly ideology like fascism or communism, the leaders can say that they are staving off such systems."
Related Topic: Imperialism
If the State Falls, Does Society Crumble?, Mises Daily, 25 Jan 2007
"The state is the only entity that is permitted to maintain a legal monopoly on the use of aggressive force. It therefore operates according to its own law. If you steal or kill, you get in trouble. The state steals and kills as part of its operating procedure, and there is no higher law to keep it in check."
Related Topics: The State, Iraq
Immorality, Inc., Mises Daily, 31 Jul 2006
"War has been called a form of crime on a mass scale, and a particularly egregious form because it comes with the endorsement of elites. For centuries ..., awareness of war's lawlessness led to a consensus that the conduct of war should be restrained by rules ... But in the modern age, all that changed. Civilians became targets. Cities were not spared. Proportionality is not a consideration."
Related Topic: War
On Evil Acts, Mises Daily, 19 Apr 2007
"There is only one system of social organization that strives daily for a more perfect way of identifying the problem of evil, assessing its likelihood, and curbing it as much as humanly possible, and that is the competitive market economy rooted in the private ownership and control of property."
Related Topic: The Free Market
Putting Opponents on the Hot Seat, 3 May 2006
Foreword to Building Blocks For Liberty: Critical Essays, a collection of essays by Walter Block
"Murray Rothbard, in his life, was known as Mr. Libertarian. We can make a solid case that the title now belongs to Walter Block ... Whether he is writing on economic theory, ethics, political secession, drugs, roads, education, monetary policy, social theory, unions, political language, or anything else, his prose burns with a passion for this single idea: if human problems are to be solved, the solution is to be found by permitting greater liberty."
Related Topic: Walter Block
Read Rothbard, 29 Jul 2013
Bibliographical review of Rothbard's major works, including suggested reading order
"What Has Government Done to Our Money? ... Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure ... Making Economic Sense ... For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto ... America’s Great Depression ... The Irrepressible Rothbard ... The Mystery of Banking ... Man, Economy and State: A Treatise on Economic Principles ... The Ethics of Liberty ... Economic Controversies"
Related Topic: Murray N. Rothbard
Regime Libertarians, 12 Jul 2005
Criticises the "Iraq Exit Strategy: America's Path Forward" proposal, made by the Libertarian National Committee on 29 June 2005, and suggests the name "Regime Libertarianism" for those who make proposals such as these
"... the party that claims to represent Jeffersonian liberalism and a radical alternative to right and left has proposed a realpolitik 'plan' for Iraq ... There is some good material in the plan, of course. It is critical of the invasion and the lies. But ... it completely contradicts the LP platform, which is very good because it takes principled stands against all warmongering, militarism, foreign troop placements, foreign aid, and outrageous spending in the name of defense."
Selling Ideas, 21 Dec 2005
Discusses the 2005 incident involving Bandow and Jack Abramoff and reviews previous incidents of left-vs.-right attacks (and vice versa) occurring in Washington, D.C.
"... there is no reason to assume — and no way to know for sure — that Bandow decided to take the positions he did solely based on the payments. He is a libertarian after all, one of the more principled writers out there, and the positions he took were not incompatible with his overall political perspective."
Related Topics: Doug Bandow, Cato Institute
Sic Semper Tyrannis, The American Conservative, 23 Apr 2007
Analyzes how the U.S. Presidency has been transmogrified from the role proposed by the Federalists
"... what if the authors of the Federalist Papers were liars? This is not as crazy a theory as it might sound. Patrick Henry believed that they were, which is why he opposed the Constitution to begin with. It was too much of a risk, he said, to create any sort of president: 'If your American chief be a man of ambition and abilities, how easy is it for him to render himself absolute!'"
Socialized Medicine in a Wealthy Country, Mises Daily, 2 Dec 2006
Discusses the view of socialized medicine held by left-socialists, examining the problems that existed in Soviet-controlled countries as well as current U.S. problems, and urges for a "complete separation of health and state"
"The key problem with socialism is that it misallocates resources, and when applied to the U.S. medical sector, this means a vast overconsumption of medical services as well as artificially high prices. The system is carefully structured in a mercantilist way to socialize losses and privatize profits. In this way, the largest players in the market benefit and a small group of semi-private cartels are insured against financial failure."
Standing Armies, Political Mischief, 6 Oct 2000
Related Topic: Standing Armies
That Death Toll, 21 Jun 2006
"... the 2,500th American soldier has died in Iraq. ... What's more, it's a number that continues to grow even as the opposition grows in Iraq. ... The US has sparked a full-scale civil war between tribes, a war that cannot be won no matter which side the US takes in the struggle. Perhaps 100,000 Iraqis have already been killed."
The Bridge of Asses, Mises Daily, 2 Oct 2003
"... the minimum wage is a violent imposition on the freedom of association that harms all of society in the long run. ... If we care about reducing unemployment and retaining the conditions for future prosperity, we had better not make the mistake of increasing it. If Congress had any economic sense, it would repeal all these laws forthwith."
Related Topic: Minimum Wage Laws
The Case for the Barbarous Relic, Mises Daily, 21 Mar 2006
"We do not lack plans to restore sound money. Indeed, defining the dollar as a fixed weight of gold and eliminating the power of the Fed to print money is all that is necessary. What we lack is the political will to do so. A gold standard would be the single best reform we could make to the cause of freedom."
Related Topic: Gold Standard
The Democrats Are Doomed, 9 Feb 2007
"For now, suffice it to say that party elites among the Democrats regard regular Americans as the problem and not the solution, so it is no surprise that they continue to have problems finding candidates for whom people are willing to vote. ... Uproot the underlying anti-liberal assumptions of the Democrats, make them Jeffersonian once again, and you would have a viable party."
The Education Tax Racket, 24 Aug 2001
Discusses a complaint from a state Education director about the boom in homeschooling possibly influencing property taxes used to pay for government schools
"No wonder the homeschooling movement — the most momentous educational development of the last few decades and one of the most hopeful signs for the future—is starting to catch on in a big way. This is prompting much grousing from the public-school industry."
Related Topics: Homeschooling, Arkansas
The French Employment Fiasco, Mises Daily, 11 Apr 2006
"There are only two reasons for unemployment: legal restrictions that forbid contracts from forming ... and price restrictions that prevent the market for labor from clearing properly ... In other words, involuntary unemployment is always and everywhere brought about by the same cause: government restriction of the market."
Related Topics: Unemployment, France, Labor
The New Communism, Mises Daily, 13 Aug 2001
"From 1916 through 1918, the Bolsheviks engaged in active protest against the Russian war on Germany. They were the party with one unnegotiable demand: peace. The Communists were wrong on everything but that one issue, yet it was the most important to the general Russian population."
Related Topic: Communism
The Political Hoax Exposed, Mises Daily, 10 Sep 2006
"Politicians ... affect a know-it-all posture and carry a bag of solutions to every problem, natural, human, and divine. They work to perfect the ability to fob off their solutions as sound reasoning even when they are snake oil or sheer poison. Still, one can only marvel at how successful they are at bamboozling the population."
The Six Faces of the Terrorist; The One Face of Bureaucracy, Mises Daily, 18 Aug 2006
"So it is with the security state. We give it power, we permit it to run itself with no oversight, we put up with its excesses, and we have a hard time imagining what life would be like without it. Well, it's time we start imagining, because the result of the security state will be more insecurity, more costs on the rest of us ..."
Related Topic: The State
The State in the Dock, 26 May 2006
"The essence of government is the right to obey a different set of laws from that which prevails in the rest of society. What we call the rule of law is really the rule of two laws: one for the state and one for everyone else. Theft is illegal but taxation is not. ... Counterfeiting is illegal but inflating the money supply is not."
Related Topics: Government, Iraq
The War the Government Cannot Win, 1 May 2007
Discusses how government cannnot win the war on terror because economic law is more powerful than the state
"Terrorism is not something that any of us likes. We would all like to see a world without violence and bloodshed. This hardly distinguishes our generation from any that preceded. What is unique about our moment is that we live under a regime that has come to believe that the government itself can produce this result for us if we only give the government enough power, money, and managerial discretion to accomplish this goal."
The Wisdom of LeFevre, The Free Market, Jul 2001
"He astutely observed that all states are prone to expansion and always at the expense of liberty. Neither did he see socialism as a special form of social organization. It is just a word that indicates control of society by the state instead of individual actors."
Related Topic: Robert LeFevre
War Loses, Again, 8 Nov 2006
"More than three years ago, George Bush unleashed the dogs of war on Iraq, perhaps hoping that he would take his place among the 'great' war presidents. ... It's been more than 50 years since war immortalized a president, and yet they keep trying. The dogs of war didn't build freedom and democracy in Iraq, or bring justice or peace. Rather, they came right back and ravaged the Republican Party in the election of 2006."
Related Topic: War
War, the God That Failed, 15 May 2004
Related Topic: War
We Need an Angel Like Clarence, Mises Daily, 28 Dec 2006
Examines, by example, the "unseen" benefits of libertarian activism over the past century
"Libertarian ideology, in all its forms, has literally saved the world from the state, which always and everywhere wants to advance and never roll back. If it does not advance and if it does roll back (however rarely), it is to the credit of public ideology. ... Libertarian ideas are like stones dropping into water, which make waves in so many directions that no one is sure where they come from."
Related Topics: Libertarianism, The State
Why the Republicans Are Doomed, 21 Feb 2007
Discusses recent Republican behavior at both the presidential (George W. Bush) and grassroots level, arguing that they take their societal view from Hobbes
"What's interesting here is what motivates big-government Republicanism. The party itself has no strong investment in the public sector as it currently stands, apart from the prison bureaucracy and the military. ... Republicans, essentially, see the public purse as something not to conserve but to rob and give to those who do vote Republican."

Interviews

America's Slow-Motion Fascist Coup, The Lew Rockwell Show, 30 Oct 2008
Lew interviews Naomi Wolf and is in turn questioned by her, discussing a variety of topics about America's current government
Related Topic: Naomi Wolf
Do You Consider Yourself a Libertarian?, 25 May 2007
Interview by Kenny Johnsson for "The Liberal Post" blog
"... I think we have to be happy with the term libertarian, while knowing that politics tends to taint all word usage issues. What is a libertarian? It is a person who believes in the absolute right of private property ownership. All else follows from that one proposition."
Lew Rockwell Interview, by Scott Horton, The Weekend Interview Show with Scott Horton, 17 Sep 2005
"Scott and Lew Rockwell discuss Austrian economics and the evils of the welfare and warfare states."
Rockwell and Woods on Rothbard, the Man and His Work, The Tom Woods Radio Show, 17 Sep 2014
Tom Woods interviews Lew Rockwell to have him give an overview of Murray Rothbard's life and work
Related Topic: Murray N. Rothbard
Rockwell on Libertarianism, 20 Apr 2007
Interview by Jedrzej Kuskowski for the Polish Libertarian Website Liberalis; topics discussed include libertarianism, the Internet, movement leaders, the State, Ron Paul, the Libertarian Party, left-libertarians, Milton Friedman, immigration and Poland
"The movement is growing beyond belief, in all sectors of society and in nearly all countries, so far as I can tell. The web has been important, obviously. Libertarians have always believed that getting the ideas out there is the most important step we can take. Any media that get our message out are thrilling, especially the media that are not highly controlled by government."
Related Topics: Libertarianism, The State
September 11 and the Anti-Capitalistic Mentality: An Interview with Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr, by Myles Kantor, FrontPageMagazine.com, 12 Mar 2002
Related Topic: September 11, 2001
The Economic Costs of Going to War: Transcript: Bill Moyers Talks with Lew Rockwell, NOW with Bill Moyers, 7 Mar 2003
Related Topic: War

Books Authored

Speaking of Liberty
    by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., Ludwig von Mises Institute, Dec 2003
Partial contents: Economics: The Marvel That Is Capitalism - Why Austrian Economics Matters - War: Free Trade versus War - Ludwig von Mises: Mises and Liberty - Ideas: An American Classical Liberalism - The Sinful State - Interviews and Tributes
Related Topic: Liberty

Videos


Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve, by Ludwig von Mises Institute, 1996
Explains the origins of money and banking, how and why the Federal Reserve was created and the effects it has had on society. Dedicated to Murray Rothbard.