How Did We Get Here?
Prof. Steve Horwitz is a long time libertarian and one of the best known "Austrian" economists in the United States. In this piece he discusses the Ron Paul newsletter fiasco and the role of Lew Rockwell and Murray Rothbard in promoting some very ugly ideas under the label of "libertarian." This is reprinted from BleedingHeartLibertarians.com.As some of you might know, I’ve been stirring up quite a bit of trouble on Facebook the last few days discussing the Ron Paul newsletters story. Matt suggested I write up some of what I’ve been saying for the audience here at BHL, which I’m happy to do. First let me note that the posts by and below are right on the money in their own ways. Some of what I will say below will echo Jacob in particular, but I want to explore the history of this whole thing a bit more and offer some more reasons why it should matter to bleeding heart libertarians.