Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Posted by dkuehn at 11:53 AM
Andrew Sullivan talks about the "Rockwell strategy" with the Ron Paul newsletter thing, but informed opinion (I'm thinking Gene and Bob, and presumably others - not GMU critics trying to take a shot at the Mises Institute), seems to agree that it's really the "Rothbard strategy", not the Rockwell strategy. I'm still not sure Rockwell is the sort of guy I could get along with. He considers Keynesianism the "economics of state power", which to me says he's either not well informed, not a nice guy, or both. I have a hard time warming to people that think I and people like me are statists. But I trust the people who seem to think this is Rothbardian in its origins. That should be common knowledge, and I say this as much for Austrians' benefit as anything else. Gene Callahan calls Rothbard a Leninist-turned-inside-out, and I dare say he's not the only one that fits that description. Twentieth century Marxists got a chance to intellectually redeem themselves by recognizing Leninism and Stalinism for what it was and rejecting it. The Austrian School's Lenins are of a different scale and substance, to be sure - but I still think there's value in calling them out.