Ben Lewis

Ben is a writer living in Ohio with his family. His reading interests are focused primarily on history and traditionalist conservatism and their relation to libertarianism. He is a contributing editor for Austro Libertarian

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In his 1948 classic, Ideas Have Consequences, conservative scholar Richard Weaver wrote, That it does not matter what a man believes is a statement heard on every side today. The statement carries a fearful implication. …what [a man] believes tells him what the world is for. How can men who disagree about what the world …

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John Hersey and the Human Cost of Hiroshima

In August of 1946, as Americans celebrated the one-year anniversary of the end of World War II, The New Yorker magazine devoted an entire weekly edition to the remembrance of one of that war’s final events, the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The magazine, which would typically have featured several articles by different …

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Thomas Sowell on “Atomistic” Libertarians

By Ben Lewis In a recent appearance on The Rubin Report, economist, social theorist and all around hero Thomas Sowell told host Dave Rubin that one of his only criticisms of the libertarian label is that “Libertarians seem to have this atomistic view of the world, which I think is completely unrealistic, because not only …

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George Kennan and Hayek’s Knowledge Problem

In 1950, George Kennan delivered a series of lectures on American diplomacy since the turn of the twentieth century. These lectures would later appear in book form, appropriately titled American Diplomacy. In the opening of his lecture on American policy in the Far East, he paused to specifically disclaim any specialized knowledge about that region, …

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