Many conservatives today seem to think Russell Kirk wasn’t a libertarian, and if memory serves, he didn’t consider himself a libertarian (though he, on more than one occasion, confounded Rothbard’s anarchism with libertarianism). He did, though, consider Hayek a brethren conservative, liked von Mises (though he explicitly said von Mises “cannot accurately be described as a conservative”), and thought Nock’s Memoirs of a Superfluous Man a book with a “profoundly conservative” tendency. He also corresponded with Nock at the end of Nock’s life and wrote an introduction for Nock’s Mr. Jefferson.
So Kirk wasn’t a libertarian, but he liked libertarianism’s economic godfathers and held the godfather of political libertarianism in high esteem. It’s just one of the many mysteries on that blurred line between conservatism and libertarianism. But it doesn’t really matter. Neither political party in America today espouses anything remotely similar to either political philosophy.Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList
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