Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nader Book Pays Tribute to Work of von Mises, Rothbard

Ralph Nader is out with a new book,Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.  The Washington Times reports:
Among the “convergers,” he includes people “who call themselves conservatives, Libertarians, liberals, progressives, Republicans, Democrats, independents, Third Partiers, capitalists, socialists, or anarchists, or any other labels free-thinking American choose for themselves.”
He treats these designations with respect, with special attention to conservatism, which “has received a bad rap over the past century, with its philosophers misused, distorted and sometimes willfully mischaracterized .” In a chapter devoted to those thinkers, he pays special tribute to the economist Ludwig von Mises, whose work is kept alive at the renowned Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Ga., under the able and active direction of Lew Rockwell.
Mr. Nader also commends the work of Murray Rothbard, Frank Meyer and Russell Kirk...

(ht Jay Stephenson)


  1. Too funny. Nader has always been a strange bird. At a reception after a speaking event while I was in college -- and this was probably 1970 -- I tried to remind him of his 1962 article he had published in FEE's The Freeman. Nader looked at me like I was a blackmailer and literally ran the other direction.

  2. Nader has evolved considerably in his views on economics over the decades, and this is just an example. He's still (mostly) wrong on a lot of issues, but when it comes to the false "R vs D" paradigm, civil liberties, wars, banksters, big corporations and propaganda he is spot on.

    He is one of my favorite lefties. I'm curious what he says about Mises.