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I’m proud to announce the birth of a new website,, a project of the Cato Institute. The site is a one-stop shop for the ideology. I’ve been combing through it all morning and there’s really nothing quite as comprehensive in terms of scope. It spans from Charles Murray to Murray Rothbard.

I only wish this was around in 2006 because I would have spent a lot less time on message boards filtering through nutcases. Oh well.

Anyway, I put my seal of approval on it and would appreciate your take on it.


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MaggotAtBroadAndWall | November 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I read the history tab at the site. Pretty good, but they’d be better served recognizing the role of blacks in the libertarian movement.

Frederick Douglass was mentioned in one sentence. Zora Hurston was a black Republican libertarian woman who sided with the “Old Right” in opposition to FDR’s vast expansion of state powers during the ’30s. Yet she didn’t get mentioned.

And three of today’s most staunch libertarians are black: Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, and Larry Elders. All of whom have been strong advocates for maximum individual freedom and opposed to the welfare state for most of their lives. None were mentioned in the history. Maybe Cornell grad Alan Keyes belongs in this group also, but I’m not sure if he’s more conservative or libertarian.

I was glad they devoted some space to the “Mothers of Libertarianism”, Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Paterson and Ayn Rand.

I’m looking forward to exploring more of the site when I get a chance.

BannedbytheGuardian | November 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm

American Libertarianism is an international mystery.

It sounds like a combination of Libertines (exciting ) & Librarians ( not very ).

However Charles Manson was able to turn that librarian lady walking down a street into a mass murderering libertine ….

I think the cause could be helped by a big dose of sex appeal . So unless they find a fab face & envious figure in blue suede stilletos – I don’t see much hope .

myveryownpointofview | November 4, 2011 at 12:42 am

Oh, yes @BannedbytheGuardian, the only pics up on that site are……..well, I just don’t have a word that fits. Frumpy is being kind. 🙂

Once again, my horizons are broadened through another visit to LI. Thanks for the link – will be spending plenty of time visiting and reading.

DocWahala – my fortune cookie says:

“Nany-State Progressives believe everyone is entitled to liberty as they define such”

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