A casual reader is irked by Jack Hunter telling social conservatives that war and statism are not pro-family. Of course, that was something the libertarian great Murray Rothbard always understood, which is one reason why traditional conservatives can profit from reading him, despite any qualms they have about his broader philosophy. The current issue of The American Conservative features essays from two of Rothbard’s most distinguished friends and colleagues — Sheldon Richman on the decentralist, pro-worker radicalism of the libertarian left and Ronald Hamowy reviewing Marco Bassani’s Liberty, State, and Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson. TAC stands for peace, liberty, and traditional conservatism; Rothbard and the Rothbardians are exemplars of the first two.
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