In this terrific podcast, Jeffrey Tucker of the Mises Institute talks about several great half-forgotten men of the Old Right, giants who stood against the New Deal and American interventionism abroad. Not only did figures such as Garet Garrett, Albert Jay Nock, John T. Flynn, and H.L. Mencken understand Franklin Roosevelt’s program as (in Garrett’s words) a “revolution within the form” that would transform the old America into a very different kind of country, these men were also masterful writers whose prose was as splendid as their principles.
Tucker recommends Murray Rothbard’s Betrayal of the American Right as a guide to these writers and an account of how they came to be replaced by the likes of Jonah Goldberg and John Podhoretz. I would suggest that readers who haven’t yet done so also check out Justin Raimondo’s Reclaiming the American Right, which profiles and analyzes Garrett, Flynn, Chicago Tribune publisher Robert McCormick, and many more Old Right titans.
Speaking of Garrett, Caxton Press has recently published a new collection of his essays, Insatiable Government, and later this month is set to publish a much needed biography of Garrett, Unsanctioned Voice, by journalist Bruce Ramsey. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Bill Steigerwald interviewed Ramsey about the biography here.