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John T. Flynn: Liberal

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10/12/2010Jeff Riggenbach

Flynn was a liberal - a classical liberal. He held to the delusion that the state can be reformed. Wide differences existed on just what state coercion was permissible. Liberals did see that any government interference menaced freedom, but intervention was believed to increase security. A stateless society terrified liberals. A community without rulers was an unknown to them.

Flynn gradually became more libertarian, more individualist. He was considered a member of the old right, while never being on the right.



Jeff Riggenbach

Jeff Riggenbach was a journalist, author, editor, broadcaster, and educator. A member of the Organization of American Historians and a senior fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute, he wrote for such newspapers as the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle; such magazines as Reason, Inquiry, and Liberty; and such websites as,, and His books include In Praise of Decadence (1998), Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism (2009), and Persuaded by Reason: Joan Kennedy Taylor & the Rebirth of American Individualism (2014). Drawing on vocal skills he honed in classical and all-news radio in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston, Riggenbach also narrated the audiobook versions of numerous libertarian works, many of them available on

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