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Llewellyn Harrison Rockwell Jr. (born July 1, 1944) is an American author, editor, and political consultant. A libertarian and a self-professed anarcho-capitalist, he founded (and is chairman of) the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the Austrian School of economics. His website,, which began in 1999, features articles and blog entries by right-wing libertarian columnists and writers.


Llewellyn HarrisonLewRockwell, Jr. (born July 1, 1944) is an American libertarian author and editor, self-professed anarcho-capitalist,<ref>About</ref> a promoter of the Austrian School of economics, and founder and chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Life and career

Rockwell was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1944.

After college, Rockwell worked at Arlington House publishers and became acquainted with the works of Ludwig von Mises.<ref name=“auto”>Doherty, Brian. "Libertarianism and the Old Right", 1999. Orig. published by May 12, 1999.</ref>

In the mid-1970s Rockwell worked at Hillsdale College in fundraising and public relations.<ref name=“auto” />

Rockwell met Murray Rothbard in 1975 and credits Rothbard with convincing him to reject statism completely.<ref name=“auto” />

Work for Ron Paul

Rockwell was Ron Paul's congressional chief of staff from 1978 to 1982<ref>Berlau, John. Now playing right field – Rep. Ron Paul – Interview Insight on the News. February 10, 1997.</ref><ref>Hayes, Christopher, The Nation, Ron Paul's Roots, December 6, 2007, retrieved January 14, 2008</ref> and was a consultant to Paul's 1988 Libertarian Party campaign for President of the United States.<ref>“Campaign staffs announced”, LPNEWS, May/June 1987, 10</ref> He was vice-chair of the exploratory committee for Paul's run for the 1992 Republican Party nomination for president.<ref>Burton Blumert, “Ron Paul for President Exploratory Committee” fundraising letter, October 1, 1991.</ref>

Ron Paul newsletters

Reason magazine reported Rockwell was a founding officer and former Vice President at Ron Paul & Associates<ref name=Reason01-08>

</ref> which was one of the publishers of a variety of political and investment-oriented newsletters bearing Paul's name.<ref>The newsletters had various names: Dr. Ron Paul's Freedom Report (

), The Ron Paul Survival Report (

), the Ron Paul Investment Letter (

), and the Ron Paul Political Report (

).</ref><ref name= ChickAWM>


In January 2008, during Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign, James Kirchick of the New Republic uncovered a collection of Ron Paul newsletters and alleged that they “reveal decades worth of obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews, and gays.”<ref name= ChickAWM/><ref name=Collection>

</ref> For instance, one issue of a newsletter described African-Americans as “animals”,<ref name= ChickAWM/> another asserted that 95% of them were criminals,<ref name=USAToday2011>

</ref> and another approved of the slogan “Sodomy = Death” and said homosexuals suffering from HIV/AIDS “enjoy the pity and attention that comes with being sick”.<ref name= ChickAWM/>

Kirchick noted that most of the articles contained no bylines.<ref name= ChickAWM/> Numerous sources alleged that Rockwell had ghostwritten the controversial newsletters;<ref name=NYT2011>Jim Rutenberg and Serge F. Kovaleski, Paul Disowns Extremists’ Views but Doesn’t Disavow the Support, New York Times, December 25, 2011.</ref> Rockwell is listed as “contributing editor” on physical copies of some newsletters<ref name = WashPost12-11>

</ref><ref>Masthead of a 1987 Ron Paul Investment Letter</ref> and listed as sole Editor of the May 1988 “Ron Paul investment Newsletter”.<ref>May 1988 "Ron Paul investment Newsletter"</ref> Reason magazine reported that “a half-dozen longtime libertarian activists – including some still close to Paul” had identified Rockwell as the “chief ghostwriter” of the newsletters,<ref name=Reason01-08/> as did former Ron Paul Chief of Staff (1981–1985) John W. Robbins.<ref>


Rockwell admitted to Kirchick that he was “involved in the promotion” of the newsletters and wrote the subscription letters but denied ghostwriting the articles. He said there were “seven or eight freelancers involved at various stages” of the newsletter's history and indicated another individual who had “left in unfortunate circumstances”, but whom he did not identify, was in charge of editing and publishing the newsletters.<ref>

</ref> Ron Paul himself repudiated the newsletters' content and said he was not involved in the daily operations of the newsletters or saw much of their content until years later.<ref name=NYT2011/> In 2011 Paul's spokesperson Jesse Benton said that Paul had “taken moral responsibility because they appeared under his name and slipped through under his watch”.<ref>Jackie Kucinich, Paul's story changes on racial comments, USA TODAY, December 21, 2011.</ref>

Ludwig von Mises Institute

In 1982, Rockwell founded the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama and is currently its Chairman of the Board.<ref>About the Mises Institute page at Ludwig von Mises Institute website.</ref>

The Mises Institute published Rockwell's Speaking of Liberty, an anthology of editorials which were originally published on his website, along with transcripts from some of his speaking engagements.

, Rockwell, economist and philosopher David Gordon, and Murray Rothbard.]]


In 1985, Rockwell was named a contributing editor to Conservative Digest.<ref>Berlet, Chip. The Write Stuff: U. S. Serial Print Culture from Conservatives out to Neonazis, Library Trends – Volume 56, Number 3, Winter 2008, pp. 570–600.</ref> During the 1990s Rothbard, Rockwell and others described their views as paleolibertarian to emphasize their commitment to cultural conservatism, even as they continued to hold hardcore anti-state beliefs.<ref>Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. “The Case for Paleo-libertarianism” in Liberty magazine, January 1990, 34–38.</ref> In a 2007 interview Rockwell revealed he no longer considered himself a “paleolibertarian” and was “happy with the term libertarian.” He explained “the term paleolibertarian became confused because of its association with paleoconservative, so it came to mean some sort of socially conservative libertarian, which wasn't the point at all….”<ref>Kenny Johnsson, Do You Consider Yourself a Libertarian?, interview with Lew Rockwell, May 25, 2007.</ref>


Rockwell's website,, formed in 1999, features articles and blog entries by a number of columnists and writers. Its motto is “anti-war, anti-state, pro-market”.<ref>About; Columnists listing; The LRC Blog at website.</ref> There also is a weekly podcast called the Lew Rockwell Show.<ref>Lew Rockwell Show.</ref> As of May 2013 LRC was in the top 10,000 websites worldwide.<ref>Alexa analyctics for, accessed May 5, 2013.</ref> publishes a variety of articles opposing war and imperialism, questioning United States participation in World War II, opposing “economic fascism” and supporting Austrian economics and secessionism.<ref>For example: Rogers, Mike. "Dying For the Emperor? No Way." October 12, 2005; Gonella, Jason. "The Decline and Fall of the United States Empire." December 9, 2004; DiLorenzo, Thomas J. “Economic Fascism” November 23, 2004. ://</ref> The writings are sometimes controversial.<ref name=“Laksin”>Laksin, Jacob. “The Right's Left Turn.” FrontPageMag. October 5, 2005. ://</ref><ref>Goldberg, Jonah. “Farewell, Lew Rockwell: The final word.” National Review Online. March 7, 2001. ://</ref>

Other activities and views

Rockwell was closely associated with anarcho-capitalist Murray Rothbard until Rothbard's death in 1995. Rockwell's political ideology, like Rothbard's in his later years, combines a form of anarcho-capitalism with cultural conservatism and he identifies with the Austrian School of economics. In politics, he advocates federalist concepts as a means of promoting freedom from central government and secession for the same political decentralist reasons. Rockwell has called environmentalism “[a]n ideology as pitiless and Messianic as Marxism.”<ref>Rockwell, L. H., Jr. (1990). “An anti-environmentalist manifesto.” From The Right, Quarterly II, 1(6), 1. (newsletter of Patrick J. Buchanan), p. 1; Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. Rockwell's Anti-Environmentalist Manifesto, May 1, 2000 version published by</ref>

Rockwell is also Vice President of the Center for Libertarian Studies in Burlingame, California.



  • Speaking of Liberty (2003; online e-book) ISBN 0-945466-38-2
  • The Left, The Right, and The State (2008; online e-book) ISBN 978-1-933550-20-6


  • Man, Economy, and Liberty: Essays in Honor of Murray N. Rothbard (with Walter Block) (1986; online e-book) ISBN 99911-786-2-7
  • The Free Market Reader (1988; online e-book)ISBN 0-945466-02-1
  • The Economics of Liberty (1990; online e-book) ISBN 0-945466-08-0
  • The Gold Standard: Perspectives in the Austrian School (1992; online e-book), ISBN 0-945466-11-0
  • Murray N. Rothbard: In Memoriam (1995; online e-book) ISBN 0-945466-19-6
  • The Irrepressible Rothbard (2000; online e-book – Rockwell's introduction) ISBN 1-883959-02-0


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