Roderick T. Long

Roderick T. Long

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About Roderick T. Long

I have a number of libertarian book projects I’m working on:

1.  In the summer of 2006 I gave a week-long seminar (two 90-minute sessions per day for five days) at the Mises Institute on libertarian ethics.  (See the description of topics here.)  I’m currently transcribing my lectures and will publish them as Austro-Athenian Foundations of Libertarian Ethics.

2.  In the 1990s most of my libertarian writing was done for the Free Nation Foundation and Libertarian Nation Foundation, which explored the theory behind founding a new libertarian country.  I’m planning to publish a volume collecting a selection of “highlights” (by myself and others) from FNF/LNF publications.  There’ll also be some new material to give buyers their money’s worth.

3.  I’m also planning a collection of “highlights” from my online writings over the past decade or so, mostly from my main blog, Austro-Athenian Empire, though from some other places too.  Here again there’ll also be some previously unavailable material to give buyers their money’s worth.

4.  I have a longstanding interest in 19th-century French liberalism, and in particular the liberal class theory pioneered by Charles Comte, Charles Dunoyer, and Augustin Thierry, and continued by thinkers like Gustave de Molinari.  Much of their work is untranslated.  I plan to translate, and publish in book form, the following essential texts of libertarian class theory:  Comte’s “On Social Organisation Considered in Its Relations with Peoples’ Means of Subsistence” and “On the Multiplication of Paupers, Placeholders, and Pensioners”; Dunoyer’s “Considerations on the Present Condition of Europe, on the Dangers of This Condition, and on the Means of Escaping It,” “Of the Influence Exercised Upon Government by Salaries Attached to the Exercise of Public Functions,” and “Historical Outline of Those Doctrines Which Have Been Given the Name of Industrialism”; Thierry’s On Nations and Their Mutual Relations; and Molinari’s Revolutions and Despotism Considered from the Standpoint of Material Interests.

5.  J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged might seem to have little in common, besides being very long books with enthusiastic fans and controversial film adaptations.  But both books are about the refusal of power, a theme dramatised by turning traditional plot points upside down.  The hero of LOTR goes on a quest, not to find a source of power, but to get rid of it; the hero of Atlas is tortured, not in order to make him agree to be ruled by the villains, but in order to make him agree to become their ruler.  I’m planning to write a book, tentatively titled Frodo Shrugged, exploring the connections and contrasts between Tolkien’s and Rand’s worldviews.

6.  I’ve been thinking for some time of starting a peer-reviewed, open-access, interdisciplinary academic journal devoted to libertarian, classical liberal, and anarchist thought.  (I used to edit the Journal of Libertarian Studies before its publisher cancelled it; this journal would be broadly similar, though a little broader in scope.)  The tentative title is the Molinari Review (I favour a bland title so that contributors can have an innocuous entry on their c.v. that doesn’t scream “libertarian”) and would be published through the Molinari Institute.  Each issue would be published as a separate print-on-demand volume, thereby avoiding the cashflow problems that have frequently delayed the schedule of The Industrial Radical.  (Those interested in helping with either the Molinari Review or The Industrial Radical can also contribute to the Molinari Institute’s General Fund.)

If you’d like to help support the above book projects, please consider a monthly pledge.  You can pledge as little as a dollar per month, though larger pledges bring perks as noted below.

I also have a separate Patreon account for other stuff; check it out here.  (I need two accounts because this one is for per-month pledges and the other one is for per-item pledges.)
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My home computer is dying.Four months at this rate and I’d be able to afford a new one.
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