Disestablish Public Education

by Leonard P. Liggio [Libertarian Forum, 1971] One had to be struck by the vehemence with which Ivan Illich‘s Deschooling Society has been attacked. The review in the New York Times Book Review (July 11, 1971) by one of the educational establishment is an example.[1] Why this violent reaction, one wondered, reading through the review? And then, the answer came. Illich’s advocacy of […]

The Anti-Imperialism of Mises

This originally appeared as “Mises and History,” in the January 1974 edition of The Libertarian Forum. by Leonard P. Liggio The death of Ludwig von Mises has brought forth numerous essays on his contribution to economics. It is equally in order to discuss his work in the historical sciences, as he called them. Having had the honor […]

Do You Hate the State?

By Murray N. Rothbard Originally published in The Libertarian Forum, Vol. 10, No. 7, July 1977. I have been ruminating recently on what are the crucial questions that divide libertarians. Some that have received a lot of attention in the last few years are: anarcho-capitalism vs. limited government, abolitionism vs. gradualism, natural rights vs. utilitarianism, […]


One of the more distressing tendencies among American right-wing “libertarians” is a symptomatic willingness to identify popular authors as freedom-loving if they so much as use the term liberty in their works. The undisputed guru of this coterie is Robert A. Heinlein, writer of scores of science fiction short stories and novels; his book, “The […]

The New Boston Tea Party

While thousands of libertarians sit on the sidelines, griping about any action that might ruffle the feathers of the State, two hundred and fifty rebellious and admirable taxpayers staged a new Boston Tea Party, on September 14, at the small community of Boston, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. These citizens, many of them conservative businessmen […]

The Meaning Of Revolution

Most people, when they hear the word “revolution”, think immediately and only of direct acts of physical confrontation with the State: raising barricades in the streets, battling a cop, storming the Bastille or other government buildings. But this is only one small part of revolution. Revolution is a mighty, complex, long-run process, a complicated movement […]

The Real Rebels

Now, officially, I am an enemy of the state. Now, technically, I am a fugitive from one of the state’s national police agencies. Now, fundamentally, I am convinced that in the confrontation between the state and freedom there can be no middle ground, no safe haven, no neutral corner, nook, or cranny. My own situation […]