Editor of two versions of The Freeman, at the Henry George School of Social Science and the Foundation for Economic Education
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  • Frank Chodorov (15 February 1887 - 28 December 1966) was an American member of the Old Right, a group of libertarian thinkers who were non-interventionist in foreign policy and opposed to both the American entry into World War II and the New Deal. He was called by Ralph Raico "the last of the Old Right greats."


    15 Feb 1887, Fishel Chodorowsky, in New York City


    28 Dec 1966, in New York City


    analysis, Editor, publisher (as Analysis Associates)
    The Freeman, Editor, July 1954-December 1955
    Director, 1937-1942, Henry George School of Social Science


    Albert Jay Nock: A Gifted Pen for Radical Individualism, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Mar 1997
    Biographical essay, including his early life, editorship of The Freeman, and notable books and essays
    "There was yet another revival of The Freeman in 1937. The creative spark was Frank Chodorov, who had met Nock the year before at the Players Club. The eleventh son of Russian immigrants, Chodorov had become director of the recently chartered Henry George School, and The Freeman served as its flagship publication. It was an 18- to 24-page monthly that defended capitalism and opposed American entry in the coming European war. Chodorov published at least eight articles by Nock."
    Frank Chodorov: A Libertarian's Libertarian, by Joseph R. Stromberg, 30 Nov 1999
    Biographical essay on Frank Chodorov with emphasis on his foreign policy views
    "Along with that whole generation of libertarians, republicans, and conservatives we call the Old Right, Chodorov was strongly committed to nonintervention. As World War II took form, he wrote many antiwar editorials in the old Freeman, a publication of the Henry George School. ... He founded his own broadsheet, analysis in 1944. In this little journal, he could truly write what he thought."
    Frank Chodorov: Champion of Liberty, by Aaron Steelman, The Freeman, Dec 1996
    Biographical essay on the 30th anniversary of Chodorov's death
    "By the early 1950s, Chodorov was already well established as an individualist writer of the highest quality. In his view, the movement he had helped to preserve and shape in the 1940s was not 'conservative'; it was 'individualist.' He was disturbed by the growing influence of a system of thought he viewed as fundamentally majoritarian in nature."
    Frank Chodorov, R.I.P., by Murray N. Rothbard, Left and Right, 1967
    Biographical remembrance of Chodorov relating Rothbard's first meeting him
    "For Frank was sui generis, and the vast gulf in the quality of mind and the rigor of ideas between him and the other 'rightist' intellectuals was, in a sense, embodied in that other gulf of spirit and outward form. Unflinching honesty, courage, love of the intellect and the products of the mind, these are some of the things that distinguished Frank Chodorov to the very core of his being and set him many light years above his confreres."
    The Singular Henry George: Insights and Influence, by David S. D'Amato, 22 Oct 2014
    Discusses George's early life, the main arguments made in his writings and the influence and disagreements he had with contemporary and later radicals
    "In 'The Single Taxer,' libertarian essayist Frank Chodorov recounts his introduction to the thought of Henry George ... To Chodorov, George's system of political economy depends on 'an abiding faith in the essential goodness of man,' assuming that under a healthier, more prosperous and productive economy, 'political offices would go begging.' Chodorov doubted both that the politically ambitious would abandon the pursuit of power so readily ... For Chodorov, even a single tax on land was one tax too many, presented ultimately as an opportunity for politicians to abuse their power and harm freedom."


    Imperium in Imperio, analysis, Jun 1950
    Examines the theory of government espoused by James Madison in The Federalist number 10, and how property rights have regressed since then
    "The progress of civilization, the advancement in the sciences and arts, is in proportion to the degree of private property permitted in the going modus vivendi ... The principle of private property, then, stems from the composition of the human being. And the general welfare, or the aggregate of production, is promoted only by the certainty of possession and enjoyment. That is the underlying thought of the laissez faire philosophy which, at the time the Constitution was framed, was accepted as axiomatic."
    Taxation Is Robbery, Out of Step, 1962
    Chapter XXII; starting with the historical origins of taxation, proceeds to examine its indirect and direct forms and the rationales behind it
    "By way of preface, we might look to the origin of taxation, on the theory that beginnings shape ends, and there we find a mess of iniquity. A historical study of taxation leads inevitably to loot, tribute, ransom: the economic purposes of conquest. The barons who put up toll-gates along the Rhine were tax-gatherers. So were the gangs who 'pro­tected,' for a forced fee, the caravans going to market."


    Monthly broadsheet, 1944-1951

    Books Authored

    Out of Step: The Autobiography of an Individualist, 1962


    Leonard Liggio on the Rise of the Modern American Libertarian Movement, by Jacob G. Hornberger, Leonard P. Liggio, 9 Mar 1995
    Talk given at Vienna Coffee Club (Future of Freedom Foundation). Liggio starts off with the New Deal and covers many events and individuals both at the core and the periphery of the modern libertarian movement

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