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The Libertarian Forum

The Libertarian Forum was a market anarchist magazine published about twice a month from 1969 to 1984. Its editor and chief author was Murray Rothbard; initially, Karl Hess also served as Washington editor. Currently all the issues are available in the recopilatory book The Complete Libertarian Forum 1969–1984.


Libertarian Forum: 1969-1986
    by Marvin Perry, The Conservative Press in Twentieth-Century America, 1999
Believing that there was an acute need 'for far more cohesion and intercommunication in the libertarian movement,' Murray N. Rothbard and Joseph R. Peden founded the Libertarian, a semimonthly newsletter that first appeared on 1 March 1969. ... The Libertarian Forum analyzed domestic and international affairs with the ultimate aim of transforming society in accordance with libertarian principles.

Publication Frequency

April 1969-January 1971
January/February 1978-July/August 1980

Staff and Associates

Murray N. RothbardEditor

Archived Media

The Libertarian Forum
Archived issues, from 1969 to 1984, in PDF format, with several articles converted to HTML


Big News! Lib. Forum Reorganized!, by Murray N. Rothbard, The Libertarian Forum, Jan 1982
Editorial for special Aug 1981-Jan 1982 issue, announcing a rededication to internal education, regularization of publishing schedule, a new publisher and a rate increase
After twelve years of sizzling, persistent, and faithful (even if not constant) publication, the Libertarian Forum is delighted to announce a big and welcome change for the better. Starting next issue (Feb. 1982). Not to worry: the Lib. Forum will still be in the sole control of your faithful editor, who will continue to send off sparks and make enemies right and left as he analyzes politics, economics, the "real world", the libertarian movement, and the culture of our day. The difference is: We will be regular ... Come one come all, subscribers are welcome, and no one will be purged for deviations!
Rothbard, Murray (1926-1995), by Brian Doherty, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
Biographical and bibliographical essay
[Left and Right] lasted from 1965 to 1968. In the following year, Rothbard began a smaller newsletter called Libertarian Forum, which he edited and largely wrote semiregularly until 1984. This newsletter served as a home for his writings on libertarian movement strategy and for more casual cultural commentary. In the earliest days of Libertarian Forum, Rothbard joined Karl Hess in enthusiastically embracing the radical student movement of the time. However, he soon became disenchanted with what he perceived as the antireason and antimarket aspects of the New Left ...

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "The Libertarian Forum" as of 30 Oct 2017, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.