Jeff Riggenbach, RIP | David Gordon

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Jeff Riggenbach, one of many pioneer libertarians from the Seventies, died at present on the age of seventy-four. The dominant theme of his work was opposition to warfare, and he was an amazing champion of Randolph Bourne, who famously mentioned that “warfare is the well being of the state.”   He was drawn to the Mises Institute via our opposition to warfare.

He mentioned in regards to the Institute:

After Sept. 11…whereas many of the remainder of the inhabitants of america, together with a lot of the libertarian motion, turned crazed by warfare fever, the Mises Institute stood resolute and unyielding in its devotion to the Rothbardian view of warfare, peace, and the State. Lew Rockwell’s on-line articles particularly had been a welcome breath of sanity and sound evaluation in a media surroundings that appeared at occasions like a madhouse. I started visiting the Mises.org web site.  I discovered that the Ludwig von Mises Institute is among the most necessary establishments of the fashionable libertarian motion, particularly in its devotion to the duty of maintaining libertarians conversant with and devoted to what Rothbard (and Benjamin Tucker earlier than him) referred to as the “plumb line”—the essential, underlying ideas of libertarianism.

He wrote a number of excellent books, together with Why American Historical past Is Not What They Say (2009), a examine of revisionist interpretations of America’s wars. He wrote frequently for mises.org, LewRockwell.com, and antiwar.com

When you have listened to an audiobook on the mises.org web site, you can be aware of Jeff’s mellifluous voice. He labored for a few years as a radio broadcaster, and nobody who heard that voice will ever neglect it.

We’ll miss him.

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