Murray Rothbard's seminal 1965 essay "Left and Right: The Prospects for Liberty" reads every bit as well today as it did 50 years ago. Rothbard defines liberalism and conservatism against the backdrop of the European Old Order, and skewers the incoherence of both in their modern forms. This brief work, steeped in history and full of optimism, shows Rothbard as a careful and strategic thinker about ideological and political movements. Mises.org editors Tho Bishop and Ryan McMaken join the show to explain the tremendous descriptive power of this essay, and why we need Rothbard as much as Burnham, Machiavelli, or Sun Tzu when it comes to strategy.
Tho is an assistant editor for the Mises Wire, and can assist with questions from the press. Prior to working for the Mises Institute, he served as Deputy Communications Director for the House Financial Services Committee. His articles have been featured in The Federalist, the Daily Caller, and Business Insider.