Rothbard on Che Guevara

cheAs discussed in the past on this blog, Murray Rothbard seems to combine the impossible beliefs. For example, his fascination with Leninism and his open financial support of far-left radicals. One could say that he had a love-hate relationship with the radical left. In the 1970s, there was some cooperation between the New Left and libertarians, especially in protesting against the Vietnam War.  I highly recommend reading John Payne’s 2005 article in the Journal of Libertarian StudiesRothbard’s Time on the Left“. It’s explores the brief period of cooperation between right-libertarians and the New Left and their parting of ways. Another oddity to add to the list of “rothbardisms” is his love of Ernesto “Che” Guevara. In the Autumn 1967 issue of Left and Right: A Journal of Libertarian Thought (Vol. III No. 3), Rothbard published a eulogy mourning the death of Che (it would later appear in The Libertarian Forum). To summarize it, consider this quote:

“What made Che such an heroic figure for out time is that the, more than any man of our epoch or even of our century, was the living embodiment of the principle of Revolution.”

Below are two screenshots:

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  1. Pingback: The Journal of Libertarian Thought (1967): “The Black Revolution” | Taming Cynicism

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