Radical Libertarian Alliance Reaches Out to Anti-War Left

The “Radical Libertarian Alliance” was founded in and lasted until  — making it one of the earlier organizations in the modern libertarian movement. It was small, decentralized, and part of the left/libertarian outreach of that period — with free-market anarchists Murray Rothbard and Karl Hess among the more prominent members.

It for a time issued a publication called The Abolitionist. The issue featured an article by Jerome Tuccille titled “What Happens Now: Some Thoughts on the Movement” that tried to anticipate the future of libertarian influence in the counterculture, the anti-war movement, and the loose coalition of groups who had given up on the centrist strong-central-government consensus.

Among his predictions of how libertarians would change society for the better:

The major changes will come about through the use of revolutionary strategy, and this is the most valuable tactic of all as far as immediate change is concerned. Libertarians will continue their efforts in the realm of non-violent revolution, concentrating most of their energies on the anti-draft and anti-tax issues, the two bête noires of Right Wing libertarians. Potentially, tax resistance is the most effective means available to reduce the power of government, and the one feared the most by political authority. It is the one tactic which is likely to attract the interest of middle-class Americans, over [a] sustained period, and it is valuable from that standpoint alone. It is also vitally important since it deprives government of the capital it needs to finance its own institutions. While it is true that government does have the capability of printing more paper currency as long as it maintains a monopoly on our money supply, this would inevitably lead to the destruction of the state money system and the state’s credit standing in the international marketplace. It would also bring about the destruction of the state-controlled and state-regulated economic structure. People would be forced to find a new medium of exchange as the state currency plummeted in value; in short, it would lead to the creation of a more stable and viable form of “people’s money,” probably gold and silver-backed certificates, which would be more acceptable in world markets.

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