A Biography of Roy A. Childs Jr.

The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992) [Transcribed from the Libertarian Tradition podcast episode “Roy Childs, Jr.”] Roy Alan Childs Jr. was born January 4, 1949, in Buffalo, New York. Had he lived, he would have turned 62 years old about two weeks ago. He once told his close friend Joan Kennedy Taylor that he first became interested in […]

Objectivism and The State An Open Letter to Ayn Rand

Objectivism and The State An Open Letter to Ayn Rand by Roy A. Childs, Jr. First published in 1969 in SIL’s Individualist newsletter, Mr. Childs (1949 – 1992) was a brilliant libertarian author who wrote with outstanding passion and eloquence on the ideas of liberty. Nineteen of his essays are collected in Liberty Against Power Dear Miss Rand: […]

A History of the Libertarian Movement

In this lecture from a 1983 Cato Summer Seminar at Dartmouth College, Childs gives the history of the modern American libertarian movement from the 1920s to the establishment of the Libertarian Party in 1971 and the publication of Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick and the establishment of the Cato Institute in 1974. Other […]

Ronald Reagan’s Foreign Policy

In this video from a Libertarian Party of New York convention in 1982, Childs gives a lecture on the origins and consequences of Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy. Childs strongly associates the peace movement with the libertarian philosophy, saying “Let no one posture as a friend of liberty who is not also a friend of peace […]