The Left-Rothbardians

Interesting couple of posts up at the Art of the Possible blog by Kevin Carson, who takes a look at Rothbard’s ’60s/’70s alliance with the Left and the wider movement of Left-Rothbardians, including Karl Hess and Samuel Konkin.

And over at the Left Conservative blog, a few thoughts from Dylan on paleo Right/decentralist Left common ground:

it is not the moderate Democrats that are worth looking at for support, but rather the patriotic, populist, American Left. There are many of them willing to call a truce in the culture wars on states rights grounds and a shockingly large number of them have a dim view of our nations immigration laws (for a couple of prominent examples compare Ralph Nader to the average Republican, or the great eco-anarchist Edward Abbey to anyone, Tom Tancredo included). Michael Kazin’s recent piece in World Affairs did a great job tracing the non-interventionist trend on the American Left (remember that Vidal and Norman Thomas were America First till the end) and Jeff Taylor’s great book “Where Did The Party Go?” suggests that their views on trade and monetary policy can be integrated into an explicitly paleo program. They have always been good on civil liberties and have been coming around on guns and internationalism for a long time now

I’m at work on an article at the moment but will put up some thoughts on all this in the next couple of days.


2 thoughts on “The Left-Rothbardians

  1. xenos April 16, 2008 / 5:24 am

    I would count myself among the “Left-Rothbardian” camp. Looking forward to your thoughts this issue.

  2. Dylan Waco April 16, 2008 / 7:03 am


    Definately looking forward to your thoughts on the Left-Rothbardians and a possible Left-Right truce and tactical alliance at the populist roots. For years I have been highly skeptical about the possibility of such things making much of a difference. Now I’m not so sure.


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