The Kuyperian Commentary

Politics, Economics, Culture, and Theology with a Biblical Viewpoint

Free Society, Lordship, Rothbard, and Ron Paul

I am a Trinitarian Christian. I believe in God’s rule over all things. Yet, many people ask me why I would support a libertarian candidate. Just recently someone posed the following question:” Do you like Rothbard? His writing seems thoroughly secular.” I had previously stated how Jonah Goldberg from National Review found Rothbard to be consistent in his views of personal liberty, which consequently led to Goldberg’s positive assessment of Ron Paul’s policy on similar issues. In light of my support of Rothbard on this matter, the questioner then assumed that Rothbard and I have the same agenda. We do not. However, we have similar principles. Here is my answer:

I don’t know if you have read Paul’s analysis of von Mises…his analysis is overall positive, but in the end he critiques their secular pessimism. I would have the same reaction to Rothbard and Ayn Rand. My neo-conservative friends would agree with Christopher Hitchens’ fanatic defense of the U.S. wars in the Middle East, but again, they would strongly disagree with his overall religious system or lack thereof. Rothbard pursued a free society for the sake of secularism…I pursue a free society for the sake of Lordship.

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