It is truly off-the-wall as to the direction some
of the leaders of the Koch-funded Students for Liberty are going.
of the leaders of the Koch-funded Students for Liberty are going.
Eglė Markevičiūtė, a member of the International Executive Board of SFL, writes on her Facebook page about Lew Rockwell's forthcoming book (SEE: New Book From Lew Rockwell on Anarcho--Capitalism)
So, apparently, a new Rothbardian anarcho-capitalist manifesto is coming out soon. It's surprising they have chosen to keep it under 200 pages. One could think it's way too long, as some people have proven themselves to be capable of explaining life, politics and international conflicts in three letters or one abbreviation.She added this as a follow-up comment:
I know, I have enjoyed them in the past too. However, the scope of intellectual shortcuts some self-proclaimed Rothbardians operate in certain debates is just intolerable.For the record, Lew Rockwell, "self-proclaimed Rothbardian," wrote the The Rothbard-Rockwell Report ,
with Murray Rothbard, from 1990 until Rothbard's untimely death in 1995.
Rockwell is founder of the Mises Institute, where Rothbard was Academic Vice-President from its founding in 1982.
He is also executor for the estate of Rothbard.
Thus, there might be a tiny bit of justification for others, beyond Rockwell, to consider Rockwell a Rothbardian.
Indeed, given Markevičiūtė's neocon views (see below), it would be much more appropriate to label her with the adjective "self-proclaimed" before identifying her as a libertarian. Because, she does consider herself a libertarian.
On her SFL page, Markevičiūtė writes (my highlight)
Eglė is a third year student at Vilnius University, currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Political Science. Eglė is also a Vice-Chair and Political Officer at Lithuanian Liberal Youth. She became interested in the ideas of liberty and liberalism (in an [sic] European sense) after spending one year at her university, where discourse on criticism of liberalism is particularly popular. Eglė thinks it is important to question oneself and ones ideas, however, after having acquainted herself with both libertarian and social-liberal literature and ideas, she is now an active supporter of libertarian ideas.As for Rockwell taking intellectual short cuts, I urge everyone to read his writings and please point out any "shortcuts" he has taken. I have found none.
BTW, this is not her first attack on hardcore libertarians, in a co-authored piece with the managing director of SFL, she had this to say about Ron Paul and his views on Crimea:
Former Congressman Ron Paul, whose views are interpreted by many as wholly representative of the libertarian movement, gets it wrong when he speaks of Crimea’s right to secede. Make no mistake about it, Crimea was annexed by Russian military force at gunpoint and its supposedly democratic “referendum” was a farce. Besides a suspiciously high voter turnout without legitimate international observers, the referendum gave Crimeans only two choices — join Russia now or later.
It’s much too simplistic to solely condemn the United States for any kind of geopolitical instability in the world. Non-interventionists who sympathize with Russia by condoning Crimea’s secession and blaming the West for the Ukrainian crisis fail to see the larger picture. Putin’s government is one of the least free in the world and is clearly the aggressor in Crimea, as it was even beforehand with its support of the Yanukovych regime that shot and tortured its own citizens on the streets of Kyiv.Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute responded to that attack:
What is particularly ironic about McCobin[/Markevičiūtė]’s lecture to Ron Paul on Crimea is that [their] bill of particulars is so riddled with analytical and factual errors that it actually argues quite eloquently for the opposite of what was intended. In other words his deeply flawed battle cry actually makes Dr. Paul’s case for non-interventionism. If you do not understand what is going on overseas, you should refrain from telling the people there what to do.Later in the piece:
McCobin[/Markevičiūtė] imply that Dr. Paul’s non-interventionism is motivated somehow by “sympathy” for Russia. But it is an old neocon trick to defame opponents of war and intervention by claiming they are “supporters” of the designated US enemy of the day.And, then, the McAdams smackdown:
Speaking of regime sympathizers, the president of the Students for Liberty [McCobin] is also a member of Young Voices Advocates, an organization that has been honored by the US government’s chief regime change factory, the National Endowment for Democracy. Young Voices returns the favor, proudly announcing that, “The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), like Young Voices, looks for ways to empower and celebrate young people who are making an impact on their world.”...
Imagine the disappointment when the rank and file of the Students for Liberty find out that their leadership attacks Ron Paul, embraces neocon warmongering rhetoric, and is in bed with NED!But, getting back to Rockwell's forthcoming book, I wonder what self-proclaimed libertarian Markevičiūtė finds objectionable to it. Perhaps instead of snide remarks, she can direct us to the problem with the book. This is all that Rockwell has written about the book, publicly, so-far:
Murray Rothbard called his political philosophy anarcho-capitalism to differentiate it from the far more common “communist anarchism.” Or, rather, it was more common then.
Today, Murray’s vision of free society without the oppressive, bloodthirsty, predatory State, and buttressed by private property, laissez-faire, and non-aggression, has relegated the bad guy anarchists to a particularly dusty corner of the history of thought.
Never, ever, has there been so much interest in a truly libertrian society. Young people in this country and all over the world are flocking to the Rothbardian banner. No coincidence, at the same time. media attacks on us have never been so intense or so frequent. Politicians, who you might think would be content with their looting and killing, are vociferously denouncing anarcho-capitalists, because we worry them.
This is all great news, and why I want to tell you about my new book, Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto. In it, I seek not only to tell the truth, but to refute the lies. Best of all, I think Murray—to whom I’ve dedicated the book–would be saying, Attaboy!Could it be that Rockwell is not pro-state enough for the self-proclaimed libertarian Markevičiūtė? Is that the problem? Is she taking an intellectual short cut and not thinking out how in a free society there will be someone to man the lighthouses?
In this work, I talk about why I am an anarcho-capitalist, and the evils of the State, from the war system to the war on drugs, from the assault on our civil liberties to the damage the bankers’ Fed does.
I have recommendation for her of a forthcoming book that she should read that may take her beyond her intellectual shortcuts: Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto