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Here are 10 questions I have for Lew Rockwell, founder of the government-regulated and tax-exempt Ludwig von Mises Institute, and founder of the purported “anti-state” site, LewRockwell.com:

Lew Rockwell1) Why did you enter into a voluntary agreement with the very same government you said is “far worse than the mafia?

2) When there were prominent voices asking for information about who wrote the racially-charged Ron Paul newsletters, with some pointing the finger at you, why did you engage in the very Washington-style politics you decry and provide little to no transparency and say it was “ancient history“, and a smear campaign?

3) Why did you excise the last paragraph from Paul Craig Roberts’ April 2008 article, “What the Iraq War Is About”, implicating Israel’s interests as the primary reason for the 2003 Iraq War, despite your webmaster posting it to his own site, antiwar.com?

4) When serious questions were being raised by 2006 about the official 9/11 government conspiracy theory, why didn’t you regularly give prominent space on your “anti-state” site to these voices, and aggressively question the propositions underlying the attacks that have most served to aggressively expand the power of the state?

5) Why do you regularly promote a so-called free market gold standard, when your most prominent writer, Gary North, admits that such a thing has never existed throughout history?

6) Why do you continue to regularly publish Gary North’s articles in light of him making claims like gold coins produced by the U.S. and Canadian Mints aren’t money, or can’t even be bothered to respond to fellow Austrian School associate, Walter Block?

7) Why are you selectively publishing Paul Craig Roberts’ and Michael Snyder’s articles? That is, when they make good pro-state arguments, why do you censor them like Saul Alinsky advocated, in not presenting valid arguments, even though they may undermine your case?

8) Why don’t you allow comments (potential negative criticism) on your site? (as of December 27, 2013, this remains the case).

9) Why did you say money is something you can use to buy things at Kroger’s (implying that government-issued currency really is money), despite making a career out of blasting government, and saying gold is real money?

10) Why did you claim that Murray Rothbard founded libertarianism, when the Merriam-Webster dictionary shows that it was a defined concept two centuries earlier?

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On August 19, 2011, Dr. Walter Block of the Mises Institute, writing for LewRockwell.com, implied that Stefan Molyneux is a self-hating libertarian.

“I did indeed, until recently listening to this rant, have some respect for Molyneux (unlike for Reason magazine, which has long ago turned against libertarianism). He has authored some very persuasive material on anarcho-capitalism. But, evidently, Molyneux is one of those free market anarchists who does not really “hate the state” (see Murray Rothbard on this) certainly not enough to support one of the greatest enemies of statism the world has ever known.”

Here is my response to him:

Dr. Block,

You claiming that Stefan Molyneux doesn’t “hate the state” is rich, considering he is a true libertarian in acknowledging that corporations are creatures of government, unlike you who authored a paper arguing the neo-libertarian majority position that supporting a creature of government is perfectly compatible with libertarian principles, and by extension, hating the state.

But what else should we expect from a member of a 501(c)(3) organization that begged for special recognition and regulations from the very government it claims to hate, and hates inflation so much that it owned $4 million in U.S. Treasury Bonds in 2007?

I first wrote about Stefan Molyneux on July 29, 2010, here.

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McDonald's

On June 28, 2011, Mises Institute VP Jeffrey Tucker extolled McDonald’s success in the challenging economic times since 2008 in his article, McDonald’s as the Paradigm of Progress.

He points out that McDonald’s appears to be responsible for more than half the new jobs being created in the U.S. recently, while managing to pay more than 30% of its income in annual taxes. However, he does recognize some libertarian criticisms of McDonald’s.

It’s true that McDonald’s is not entirely sustained by the market alone, and even overly scrupulous libertarians have jumped on the attack. It’s true that it has been reported that some of its business loans were backed by TARP money after the crisis of 2008, and, of course, it benefits indirectly from subsidies on corn and the like.

I do appreciate his indirect compliment of being an “overly scrupulous libertarian,” though I don’t think it’s being overly scrupulous to point out McDonald’s feeding at the public trough, including in a big way that Tucker doesn’t even mention — namely, their government-granted Obamacare private health insurance exemption.

While your average mom-and-pop restaurant has to pay the unconstitutional tax, McDonald’s doesn’t, since they have full-time Washington lobbyists.

Despite my view that the private health insurance mandate is unconstitutional, according to an originalist interpretation of the commerce clause, and even according to a post-Roosevelt interpretation of the commerce clause, I don’t think that an exemption for a big multinational is to be overlooked or justified at the expense of the unfair advantage it grants over smaller businesses.

For my critical analysis of the Mises Institute, see how they hate monetary inflation so much, they owned $4 million in U.S. Treasury Bonds in 2007, and how they hate government so much, they’re a government-sanctioned and regulated tax-exempt organization.

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According to Thomas Luongo, writing for LewRockwell.com, it does.

He states:

Since being “converted” to both libertarianism and, by extension, Austrian economics I have developed a passion for money.

I’d classify myself as a libertarian, and I’m certainly no supporter of the Austrian school of economics, primarily due to its advocation of a gold standard, as described in this article by Lew Rockwell, founder of the Mises Institute.

For me, a libertarian is someone who believes that limited government is the most likely to protect the liberties of the people whom it governs, and that shouldn’t necessitate an economic system based on a scarce resource such as gold.

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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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