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One of the first U.S. libertarian organizations, founded in 1969


Walter BlockTreasurer
Roy ChildsFounding member, corresponding secretary
Karl HessNational Coordinator


Karl Hess and the Death of Politics, by Jeff Riggenbach, 13 May 2010
Transcript of the 6 May 2010 "Libertarian Tradition" podcast with a wealth of biographical information
Under Rothbard's influence, Hess attended the 1969 national convention of the conservative youth group Young Americans for Freedom — YAF — in St. Louis, where he helped Rothbard try to steer the libertarian students who walked out of the convention en masse into their left-leaning, anarchist-friendly Radical Libertarian Alliance instead of the more Randian and minarchist Society for Individual Liberty. ... He spoke at Radical Libertarian Alliance conferences in both New York and Los Angeles.
Laissez Faire Books
Adapted from Joan Kennedy Taylor's "Biographical Sketch" in Liberty Against Power: Essays by Roy A. Childs, Jr.
Roy ... became friends with Murray Rothbard, who had a strong influence on his thinking, and in the spring of 1969 he became a founding member and corresponding secretary of the Radical Libertarian Alliance, the first 'nationwide libertarian organization,' according to Rothbard, for which Karl Hess was the National Coordinator and Walter Block the Treasurer. ... [Roy] attended the Radical Libertarian Alliance convention, the first purely libertarian convention, held that fall [1969], in New York City.
Related Topic: Roy Childs
The Movement Grows [PDF], by Murray Rothbard, The Libertarian, 1 Jun 1969
Recounts the first three meetings of the Libertarian Forum, the student libertarian organizations at Fordham, Wesleyan, SUNY Buffalo and Stanford, and the formation of the RLA
... there is now a nationwide libertarian organization in existence, the Radical Libertarian Alliance. It was born on May 17, on the occasion of the third meeting of the Libertarian Forum in New York City. ... In keeping with its libertarian nature, it is envisioned that RLA will be organized in the form of strictly autonomous chapters. ... It is estimated that already, when RLA has hardly been formed, there are at least 26 college chapters alone.
A Movement is Born, by Justin Raimondo, An Enemy of the State, 2000
Third titled section of chapter 4, "Beyond Left and Right", relating the founding of the Libertarian Forum and the events at the 1969 national convention of Young Americans for Freedom
By the spring of 1969 ... the Radical Libertarian Alliance (RLA) was constituted on May 17 ... the leadership of the RLA, consisting of budding young Rothbardian scholars such as Walter Block, Roy A. Childs Jr., Wilson A. Clark Jr., and John Hagel III, was far more interested in attending seminars on Austrian economics than in learning how to make bombs. What the RLA had to offer the youth of America was intellectually, but not literally, explosive. ... Hess in tow, the RLA arrived in St. Louis armed with the August 15, 1969 issue of Libertarian Forum, bearing the bold headline: "Listen, YAF!"