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Left, Right, and the Prospects for Liberty

  • Left, Right, and the Prospects for Liberty by Murray Rothbard
August 6, 2014Murray N. Rothbard

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The Conservative has long been marked, whether he knows it or not, by long-run pessimism: by the belief that the long-run trend, and therefore Time itself, is against him, and hence the inevitable trend runs toward left-wing statism at home and Communism abroad. It is this long-run despair that accounts for the Conservative's rather bizarre short-run optimism; for since the long-run is given up as hopeless, the Conservative feels that his only hope of success rests in the current moment.

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Rothbard, Murray N. "Left and Right: The Prospects for Liberty" Left and Right 1, No. 1 (Spring 1965): 4-22.