Monday, December 17, 2007

A Stroll Down Libertarian Lane has pieced together a historical time-line of Libertarianism. Much I didn't know, but here are the two highlights for me:

1935: Laura Ingalls Wilder publishes Little House on the Prairie. Libertarians claim her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, a prominent libertarian author at the time, was the ghostwriter. In 2003 Reason magazine will praise the books for placing "community and commerce—rather than male adventure, escape and violence—at the heart of our national experience."
1966: Sci-fi writer Robert A. Heinlein releases The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, a libertarian retelling of the American Revolution set on the big cheese. The narrator, a polyandrous computer programmer who rebels against a meddling and incompetent Lunar Authority, appeals to the experimental, fiercely independent mentality of Silicon Valley's emerging generation of techno-libertarian hippies.
Having now learned the phrase "techno-libertarian hippies," my life will never be the same.


  1. 'The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress' is my favorite science fiction novel. Heinlein was a bit much for me in some of his books but that one is a classic.

  2. I went to your link and was much impressed. However the author missed this French Warhorse Libertarian economist in his timeline.

    Check out this site re: Frederik Bastiat - "The Law'!

    A short Bastiat excerpt:

    "The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!

    If you can get through the first two short chapters you've probably "gotten" the drift.