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Karl Hess

Karl Hess (1923–1994) was an American national-level speechwriter and author. His career included stints on the Republican Right and the New Left before he became a libertarian anarchist.
The documentary film Karl Hess: Toward Liberty won the Academy Award for best short documentary in 1981.

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The Death of Politics

Audio/VideoMarch 7, 2012
Originally published in Playboy in March 1969, this essay is narrated by Jeff Riggenbach. Music by Kevin MacLeod.

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Coming Home

Mises DailyApril 15, 2011
It is better to live self-realized and self-responsible than to live dominated or on the end of strings that are pulled or cut by those wearing the masks of power.

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The Lawless State

Mises DailyOctober 30, 2009
"Where the state is god and the 'public interest' worshipped, individual man will be found bleeding upon the altar."...

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The Death of Politics

Mises DailyOctober 16, 2009
"Libertarianism is rejected by the modern Left — which preaches individualism but practices collectivism. Capitalism is rejected by the modern Right — which preaches enterprise but practices protectionism."...

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