Mises Institute president Jeff Deist has put out an update on the recovery of Lew Rockwell from a recent back injury.
Lew is, in my book, the most important libertarian entrepreneur of the current era. Austrian economics, libertarianism, Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard would
be nowhere near as popular as they are now if it were not for Lew.
Jeff is absolutely correct when he writes:
More than anything, we owe Lew gratitude for having the foresight to create the Mises Institute in 1982. It was his relationships with people like Margit von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, Ron Paul, and Leonard Read that finally convinced him to give up a far more lucrative think-tank career and undertake the thankless task of building a radical new organization.And there was nothing easy about Lew building the Mises Institute, he literally had to battle powerful forces. Depending on how in sync we are on current libertarian issues of the day, for long periods I can be in touch with Lew by phone three or four times a day, at other times only once every couple of months, but I can vouch that Lew is very tough when it comes to principle. A lesser man would never have accomplished as much as Lew has to date.
Without a salary, without a building, and without wealthy benefactors, Lew set about using his typewriter and kitchen table to put Austrian economics back on the map. Remember that while Rothbard’s Man, Economy, and State and the famous South Royalton conference both helped resuscitate the flagging Austrian school in the 1960s and 70s, the landscape for Austro-libertarian thought remained extremely challenging. The creation of the Mises Institute provided a sorely-needed beacon of hope and visibility. Henry Hazlitt especially appreciated Lew’s “giving Murray a platform.”
Get well, Lew. There are more battles to fight!