The American Conservative reports on an interview with Yaron Brook:
I spoke last week with Yaron Brook, the current president of ARI, about what is changing:
I don’t think there’s been a significant change in terms of our attitude towards libertarians. Two things have happened. We’ve grown, and we’ve gotten to a size where we don’t just do educational programs, we do a lot more outreach and a lot more policy and working with other organizations. I also believe the libertarian movement has changed. It’s become less influenced by Rothbard, less influenced by the anarchist, crazy for lack of a better word, wing of libertarianism. As a consequence, because we’re bigger and doing more things and because libertarianism has become more reasonable, we are doing more work with them than we have in the past. But I don’t think ideologically anything of substance has changed at the Institute.Well, this is just dandy, Yaron Brook, who holds the insane view that 19 Saudis with box cutters initiated an attack against the West because they hate the West's culture, wealth and love of life, calls out crazy. Note to Brook: U.S. armies are in Islamic countries, not the other way around. Osama bin Laden clearly stated that the attack on the World Trade Center towers was in response to U.S. military presence in the Middle East.
Brook writes on what the response should be to the 19 Saudis with box cutters, who attacked the United States (my bold):
The US has been attacked first thus it has the moral right to fight Islamism. The sole moral duty of the United States is to defend its citizens against its enemies by all means, even with the use of the atom bomb if necessary.Got that? 19 Saudis with box cutters attack the U.S. and he suggests using the atomic bomb as an option.
As for Iraq, on December 17, 2004, Yaron Brook appeared on O’Reilly Factor and said:
I'm suggesting that we start bringing this war to the civilians, the consequences of this war, to the civilians who are harboring and helping and supporting the insurgents in Fallujah and other places. ... I would like to see the United States turn Fallujah into dust, and tell the Iraqis: If you’re going to continue to support the insurgents you will not have homes, you will not have schools, you will not have mosques ...Yup, I can see how Brook might have a problem Rothbardian anarcho-capitalists, since, among other things, they are against standing armies and the bombing and killing of innocents. Who would Brook send to fight the Islamists that he wants to kill so badly?
As for Brook's claim that the libertarian movement is currently less influenced by Rothbard, it's Brook delusion. Below is the quantcast measure of ARI site traffic versus the measured traffic of lewrockwell.com, the preeminent carrier of the Murray Rothbard banner. LRC traffic is the blue line, the ARI traffic is the tiny dots you see at the bottom of the chart. In other words, the Murray Rothbard influence is doing quite well, even compared to the "mighty" ARI.
The only change that appears to have occurred in libertarianism is a new turn by the Koch brothers towards the fanatical ARI. The American Conservative goes on:
Now a former [ARI] board member, John Allison, has left to lead the [Koch-controlled] libertarian Cato Institute–a move which at one time would have provoked an excommunication from ARI–while the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity is holding screenings of the film [Atlas Shrugged, Part II].Murray Rothbard wrote often that ideas can overcome power. Rothbard's theory is about to be illustrated again in the real world. Koch money allied with the war mongers at ARI have no chance against the ideas of Rothbard. They lack the important ingredients that Rothbard ideas have: logical consistency.