President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and editor of
Lew Rockwell

Llewellyn Harrison Rockwell Jr. (born 1 July 1944) is an American author, editor and political consultant. A libertarian and a self-professed anarcho-capitalist, he founded (and is chairman of) the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the Austrian School of economics. He also started a website in 1999,, that features articles and blog entries by a number of right-wing libertarian columnists and writers.


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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."


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
Comments on Somalia's status 15 years after the fall of Siad Barre and in the midst of the rise of the Islamic Courts Union
"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. But US officials may rue the day they hoped for a new government in this country."
Related Topics: Somalia, The State
Biography of Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993), 1 Aug 2007
"If you want to know where American supporters of free markets learned economics, take a look at Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. A brilliant and pithy work first published in 1946, at a time of rampant statism at home and abroad, it taught millions the bad consequences of putting government in charge of economic life. College students all across America and the world still use it and learn from it. It may be the most popular economics text ever written. ... In a time dominated by prevaricators and planners, and a nation threatened once again by statism, Hazlitt's written legacy will continue to inspire writers and scholars."
Do Greedy Spinach Merchants Want To Kill You?, Mises Daily, 6 Oct 2006
Comments on the September 2006 North American E. coli outbreak in spinach
"At the first notice of problems, five different companies immediately announced a recall, as did merchants around the country. Baggers started shipping salad with greens other than spinach. ... 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!"
Don't Do It, Google, 2 May 2006
Cautions Google not to take the rumoured action of asking the U.S. Justice Department and the European Commission to intervene to prevent Microsoft from setting their search engine as the default in a new version of their web browser
"In a free society, producers enjoy the freedom to manage how their products are presented to the customer. ... 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
Examines the historical precedents for the Paulian view that American foreign and domestic policy both be conducted in the same non-interventionist manner
"Ron Paul has always believed that foreign and domestic policy should be conducted according to the same principles. Government should be restrained from intervening at home or abroad because its actions fail to achieve their stated aims, create more harm than good, shrink the liberty of the people, and violate rights. ... May this treatise stand as an example of how to fight for what is right even when everyone else is silent. ... May public and intellectual opinion someday rise to its level of intellectual sophistication and moral valor."
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
Discusses the situation in Iraq four years after the 2003 invasion and evaluates the question of "just how integral is the state to society?"
"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. ... It is not the case that the groups in Iraq cannot get along. What they cannot do is get along under a central state ruled by some other group. This is the basis of the bloodshed."
Immorality, Inc., Mises Daily, 31 Jul 2006
Argues that the lawlessness and violence in occupied Iraq is due to the immorality of modern day warfare
"In any society, the problem with crime extends beyond the immediate victims. Pervasive violence whittles away the cultural and moral foundations of society itself. ... modern wars are far more violent and blood-soaked than medieval ones, and they are far more likely to impact the whole of culture, dragging society's moral sense into the gutter, so that the sense of right and wrong, good and evil, dissolve and are replaced by a pervasive nihilism."
Related Topics: Ethics, Government, Iraq, Socialism, War
On Evil Acts, Mises Daily, 19 Apr 2007
In the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, contrasts the typical mainstream and conservative responses to such acts of violence and suggests a third way
"What we really need is a system of social organization and political management that creates the best possible environment for human thriving regardless of man's propensity toward evil. ... 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."
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 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
Analyses 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 socialised 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
Comments on White House Press Secretary Tony Snow's remark about the reporting of the death of the 2,500th American soldier in the 2003 Iraq War
"There is something morally creepy about the way the White House responded to the news — released as inconspicuously as possible — that 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. It is no longer plausible to even speak of an isolated insurgency. 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
Comments on the slate of Democratic Party presidential candidates for the 2008 election and the general ideology and outlook for the Democrats
"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. ... Let us remember that the core problem, in the end, is ideological and not personal. 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: Arkansas, Homeschooling
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: France, Labor, Unemployment
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
Wonders how much more will Americans tolerate the searches and commands of the Transportation Security Administration agents, contrastring "public sector" security to private security and comparing the TSA and the welfare bureaucracies
"Is TSA really trying to protect us? Surely that defines part of its mission. But every bureaucracy is self-interested in a way that receives no discouragement within the public sector. ... If anything, the welfare bureaucracy benefits most by increasing the number of the poor and keeping them that way for as long as possible. Only by maximizing the number of poor people who need assistance can a welfare bureaucracy thrive."
Related Topics: Bureaucracy, Government, The State
The State in the Dock, 26 May 2006
Reflects on the then ongoing trial of Saddam Hussein (2004-2006) and wonders what would happen if other heads of state, including George W. Bush, were put on trial
"The main impetus behind government-provided protection services is precisely to protect the government. There is nothing necessarily scandalous about this. It is what governments do. ... 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."
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
Discusses various aspects of LeFevre's thoughts, e.g., the distinction between true and artificial government, patriotism, and includes excerpts from a draft new Declaration of Independence
"In 1957, a businessman and radio personality named Robert LeFevre (1911-1986) founded a very special institution in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In his private studies, he had discovered the libertarian intellectual tradition. He noted the dire need for an institution that would educate people from all walks of life in the philosophy of freedom. He took it upon himself and named it the Freedom School, later changing the name to Rampart College before it shut down in 1968. Afterward, he carried on his work in South Carolina under the patronage of business giant Roger Milliken."
War Loses, Again, 8 Nov 2006
Reflects on the results of the 2006 U.S. mid-term elections
"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 strange how these guys imagine themselves written about in history books in the manner of Washington, Lincoln, and FDR, rather than Truman, Johnson, and Nixon. 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."
War, the God That Failed, 15 May 2004
Contrasts the general reaction to the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse vs. the mass deaths caused by the 2003 Iraq War, and the rationalizations made about the war with the excuses made by early Bolsheviks
"We should add mass death to the list. We are right to wince and then condemn pictures of naked prisoners in dog collars; not even Paul Wolfowitz was willing to defend such practices in testimony. And yet those private groups that bother to count civilian dead point to figures that exceed 10,000 in this war alone. These figures rise by 5, 10, 20, and more per day. ... Torture is awful; but should it really be necessary to point out that the mass death of innocents is worse?"
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."


Do You Consider Yourself a Libertarian?, by Lew Rockwell, Kenny Johnsson, 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 Lew Rockwell, 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, by Lew Rockwell, Thomas Woods, The Tom Woods 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 Rothbard
Rockwell on Libertarianism, by Lew Rockwell, Jedrzej Kuskowski, 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 Lew Rockwell, Myles Kantor, FrontPage Magazine, 12 Mar 2002
The Economic Costs of Going to War: Transcript: Bill Moyers Talks with Lew Rockwell, NOW with Bill Moyers, 7 Mar 2003
Topics discussed include: the economy, the federal budget deficit, the national debt, inflation, Republican vs. Democrat presidents, tax cuts, war spending, World War II and the depression, Sadam Hussein and unemployment
"With me now to talk about all this is Lew Rockwell. Mr. Rockwell is a libertarian free market conservative and President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. That's the organization he founded to advocate and promote the philosophy that the solution to our fiscal and social woes begins with smaller government. Mr. Rockwell has been a congressional aid, a book editor, a magazine editor, and is now the editor of his own web site."

Interviews (interviewer)

America's Slow-Motion Fascist Coup, by Naomi Wolf, Lew Rockwell, 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
The Health of the State, by Ralph Raico, Lew Rockwell, The Lew Rockwell Show, 17 Aug 2008
Lew talks with Raico about war, U.S. foreign policy, the role of Commander in Chief and related topics
Related Topic: War

Books Authored

Speaking of Liberty
    by Lew Rockwell, 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


Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve, by Mises Institute, Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, Murray Rothbard, Joseph Salerno, 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.

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