While many in the liberty movement may pooh-pooh political engagement, in favor of educational outreach alone, Jack Hunter has written a valuable rebuttal (also presented in the video below). In The American Conservative—an excellent magazine, by the way—he bases his case on the example of staunch libertarian and anarcho-capitalist, Murray Rothbard, who authored The Ethics of Liberty.

Rothbard was concerned that a movement without political action would foster a “social club for crazies. [I]f we’re really devoted to liberty, how can we not do our best for liberty to win? Are we really libertarians, or are we just playing around?”


If you’d rather not watch the video, you can read the full article here, and the comments section adds plenty of spice to the mix.