I return to Nelson Hultberg and his claim that “the primary philosophical thrusts of [Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard] are totally wrong for the cause of liberty.”
I have engaged in the dialogue at DB on this topic, raising one or two of the points from my commentary published here. Hultberg does not bother addressing the points; I offer a summary of Hultberg’s subsequent comments.
As Hultberg is want to do, whenever he faces disagreement, he immediately makes the conversation personal (emphasis added):
· Perceptive intellects today realize that the "freedom movement" in America and the West is not exactly winning the fight against statism…
· If you are one of the salient minds who realize this could very well be true…
· Those who condemn mere pieces of an Introduction without investigating the body of thought being introduced (which will validate the thoughts and assertions in the Introduction) are like the primitives in Africa…Their lives remained mired in ignorance and backwardness.
I guess mosquitos aren’t perceptive intellects, not possessive of salient minds, primitive, and are instead mired in ignorance and backwardness.
But this is only a minor issue relative to my main thought. (Bold means I am screaming!)
What would you do if you had a slam-dunk, water-tight argument disproving both Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard?
Think about this – you are so certain that you can pull these two off of the Mt. Rushmore of libertarian/free-market thinkers; they are so paramount, that they each take TWO spots on the Mt. Rushmore of libertarian thinkers, there is room for no one else.
Between the two of them, they have sold millions of books, written thousands of articles and essays, and are viewed by millions as foundational to their thinking of individual liberty and freedom.
There are no two bigger titans within the world of libertarian thinking, and YOU HAVE THEM OVER A BARREL.
If you are right and convincing, your name will be remembered for as long as anyone cares about liberty – in other words, FOREVER.
If you are so certain that your path offers the best chance for freedom on this earth, wouldn’t you want everyone to have access to your thinking?
As I stated two days ago in this thread, I appreciate everyone's commentaries, even those in disagreement. But it must be pointed out that the above article is but a brief "Introduction" to the connection that the Doctrine of the Mean has to the fight for freedom in the West. My book answers all doubts and questions (many of which are expressed in this thread) as to the validity of the Aristotelian philosophical approach -- answers that could not possibly be explained in the brief space of this commentary section.
Buy the book, he reiterates often. I will paraphrase: “I have such a revolutionary analysis that it will take down Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard; if followed, my recommendations offer the best path toward freedom on this earth.”
What would you do if you believed you had this formula? Would you say “buy the book”?
Look, I have no problem with someone wanting to sell their work. Do as you like. But if I could take down Rand and Rothbard, I wouldn’t hide my secret behind a $20 book.
I would publish my thoughts in every outlet I could develop. I would create videos, I would release excerpts – one chapter at a time or whatever. I would take some of the more relevant works by Rothbard and Rand and do a line by line critique.
I could do almost all of this for free, or for a very nominal cost, on the internet. There are enough wealthy so-called libertarians that want to take down Rothbard that I bet I could get a few of them to sponsor my work.
I would make this my life’s work, my calling. I would do it knowing that it is my legacy – I am convinced I am right. I would do it on the expectation that I will convince enough people to invite me to conferences to speak and further spread the message. My only desire would be to expose my message to as many people in as many ways as I can.
Rothbard got paid basically nothing for most of his work. He wrote for an unknown audience, at a time when there was no internet and he certainly had no idea that everything he wrote would be available to everyone on the planet at some point in the future. Talk about speaking to the remnant! Today, Rothbard’s ideas carry the intellectual weight of the freedom movement.
I would copy Rothbard – except I now know of the technology that will spread my ideas far and wide – forever!
If I was right, I will die with the knowledge that I will be remembered and honored forever – offering an invaluable service for mankind.
If I wasn’t so sure, I guess I might sell the book for $20.