the United States should not be involved in a foreign conflict and that it would not defeat communism. When he took this po- sition, he immediately incurred the wrath of foreign policy activists and anti-Com- munist conservatives.
Although many would dismiss Murray Rothbard and the old right, the victory over communism was a result, in large part, of the failure of the Socialist economic system. It was precisely this failure that allowed Ronald Reagan and other leaders of the Western world to force communism into its final crisis.
In many ways, Rothbard was a paradoxical man. He was an Austrian economist who
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emphasized the contributions of the scho- lastics, he was a libertarian who disdained the corruption of culture and individual character, and though non-religious once remarked that his favorite author was G. K. Chesterton.
Time will tell whether the fall of commu- nism abroad and the impending crisis of the over promised welfare state will bring back into style the politics of individualism and freedom espoused by men like Rothbard. At this juncture of history, however, one state- ment can be made with certainty—Murray Rothbard will go down in history as a great economist and an original writer, but more significantly, as a man of courage and prin- ciple.
THE INTERCOLLEGIATE REVIEW—Fall 1995