Originally Posted by vixticator
Rothbard wasn't defending Duke in the link. He thinks the man is despicable. But he recognizes there is an audience out there for certain rhetoric and believes the libertarian movement can make use of it.
I don't think anyone denies that this at the very least was the strategy for them at one point, but now they've found a brand new crowd to sell their political schemes to and we're not keen on that tripe.
We're losing even recent historical context for these libertarian types because of the internet generation imo. Back in his day LRC was the type of guy who would be hand cranking pamphlets off a printing press if it meant getting his thoughts into the hands of people. He's got a ton of energy and more commitment than I'll probably ever have to anything related to politics. Because everyone has a blog to spout their thoughts he seems less out there than he would if you had ran into him in the 80s in my opinion.
He's great for what he is, which is the ass end of a libertarian echo chamber. It's small now, but we've got to build it up before it can do anything real. He's just another guy like me who's read the literature which was modeled after other people's **** and now he plans on talking about it so much that people talk about him talking about it and they are talking about how everyone is talking about this new thing that so many people are talking about to the point that other people have to talk about this thing that everyone else is talking.
There is a lot of noise and nonsense in an echo chamber, but in the end the only thing that actually matters is that we shrink the size of the government at some point. If people say stupid stuff along they way, then I guess that's their idea of how to start a libertarian revolution.