CJay Engel

Creator and Editor of Austro Libertarian. Lives in Northern CA, runs several businesses, spends time with his family, and reads as much economics and political theory as possible.

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Gerard Casey and Murray Rothbard on the Nature of the State

Casey doesn’t mess around: States are criminal organizations. All states, not just the obviously totalitarian or repressive ones. […] I intend this statement to be understood literally and not as some form of rhetorical exaggeration. The argument is simple. Theft, robbery, kidnapping and murder are all crimes. Those who engage in such activities, whether on …

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Rights Have Supremacy Over the “Will of the People”

Left wing populists, such as the increasingly followed Robert Reich, have recognized that the US economic and political system is basically controlled by the well-connected elite. These corrupt persons operate on the framework of leveraging the Federal government for their own economic and political empowerment. However, by not having a proper understanding of rights and …

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Thick Libertarianism Eviscerated: A Response to Charles Johnson

In reading Charles Johnson’s oddly impactful 2008 essay Libertarianism Through Thick and Thin, I was perplexed by the sheer weight of unnecessary confusion and blurring of the language.  It is a peculiar thing to see a political theory as clear and simple as libertarianism become suddenly and unnecessarily wrapped up in obscure and ambiguous language.  …

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Announcing: Austro Libertarian Podcast

Here’s everything you need to know. I’m pleased to announce that Austro Libertarian now has a podcast. The format is simple: myself and a cohost, Ben Lewis, will conduct interviews and conversations relating to Austro Libertarian ideas and themes, sometimes perhaps current event commentary. We welcome suggestions and feedback. In fact, I’m considering adding a …

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Murray Rothbard: The Origins of the Old Right

Taken from Rothbard’s Betrayal of the American Right. Right now, it’s only $9 in the Mises store. _____________________________ The Old Right, which constituted the American right wing from approximately the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, was, if nothing else, an Opposition movement. Hostility to the Establishment was its hallmark, its very lifeblood. In fact, when in the 1950s …

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Thin Libertarianism and Tory Anarchism

Often, the libertarian creed must be restated to self-described libertarians who do not understand the relationship between libertarianism qua political theory and extra-libertarian commitments related to social and cultural concerns. That is to say, as the libertarian movement moves further into a more popular position, there are many libertarians who popularize libertarianism without being precise …

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Watching Iran

The US and Israeli governments have long wanted an excuse to militarily confront Iran, but it’s been a difficult situation. Now that there seems to be a popular uprising, a sudden collection of intense protests which even include some deaths, the Iranian government is under pressure to make zero mistakes. Any misstep could initiate foreign …

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Anti-German Propaganda and the Roots of Western Messianism

The title of this post certainly promises more than the post delivers. But after my previous excerpt on the matter of Churchill, I was motivated to follow it up with a few miscellaneous thoughts I’ve had as of recent. First, Hoppe mentioned in his celebration of Murray Rothbard earlier this year, that the two of …

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A Note on Capitalism and Laissez-Faire

At The Center for Gospel and Culture at Boyce College, David Kotter questions whether the Bible endorses “American Capitalism” or “Communist Central Planning.”  He begins as follows: The Bible does not endorse American-style Capitalism, nor did the early church practice Communist central planning in the early chapters of Acts. I suppose this can be agreeable, although Kotter …

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Nixon and the Political Power Paradigm in America

I noticed the following paragraph while reading Roger Stone’s book on Richard Nixon (my bold): “Although late to see the GOP’s lurch to the right under Goldwater and the power shift in the party from the eastern establishment [to] the Sunbelt conservatives, once he comprehended it, Nixon would court and nail down the right as a prelude to …

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Democratic Socialism and the End of Interventionism

A second group seems to be less radical. They reject socialism no less than capitalism. They recommend a third system, which, as they say, is as far from capitalism as it is from socialism, which as a third system of society’s economic organization, stands midway between the two other systems, and while retaining the advantages …

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