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From Murray Rothbard’s articles page on LewRockwell.com:

Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) was the dean of the Austrian School of economics, the founder of libertarianism, and an exemplar of the Old Right.

However, the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary entry for libertarianism is:

Main Entry: lib·er·tar·i·an

Pronunciation: \ˌli-bər-ˈter-ē-ən, -ˈte-rē-\
Function: noun
Date: 1789
1 : an advocate of the doctrine of free will
2 a : a person who upholds the principles of individual liberty especially of thought and action b capitalized : a member of a political party advocating libertarian principles

1789 was the year the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, were submitted to the States for ratification.

The Ninth Amendment sums it up well: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Clearly, libertarianism was a concept defined well before the 20th century.

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