Last night, Justin Raimondo spoke at Circle Rothbard in San Francisco, on the new Murray Rothbard book, Never a Dull Moment: A Libertarian Look at the Sixties.
The book is a collection of essays, compiled by Raimondo, which had been written by Rothbard between 1967 and 1968. It was an active period that included the campus revolt; the massive antiwar demonstrations; the Six-Day War between Israel and the Arab powers; the Newark riots; the Vietnam war; the persecution of H. Rap Brown, the assassination of Martin Luther King, the abdication of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the rise of Richard Nixon.
Rothbard wrote on all these topics from his unique perspective as a polymath and radical libertarian.
After his formal remarks, I asked Justin if he thought that there would even be a libertarian movement without Rothbard.
He said he didn't think so. Although there are now various libertarian factions, he said that they can all be traced back to Rothbard.
He suggested that without Rothbard there might be various objectivist groups as there are now and various free market-oriented conservative groups but no libertarian groups.
Indeed, he suggested that without Rothbard the term libertarian wouldn't even be used. He said Murray was the primary promoter of the term.