|Barbara Branden wrote: Did you really have difficulty remembering Alan Greenspan, Nathaniel Branden, Reagan advisor David Henderson, Tibor Machan, Robert Bleiberg (deceased) the founder and publisher of Barrons, John Hospers, Murray Rothbard, Ed Clark, Robert Poole, Edward Snider, George Reisman? -- some of the people I listed and discussed in what is today the woefully incomplete Epilogue to The Passion of Ayn Rand. |
Except for Alan Greenspan, none of them has the household name recognition of Tom Cruise -- which is what we were discussing. Maybe that is a false standard. Maybe "society" (falsely reified or not) is made by people who do not appear on Good Morning with Regis Letterman or The Oprah Springer Show or whatever it is that "most" people entertain themselves with.
Personally, I have touted the party line whenever it was appropriate. I write a monthly column for the ANA Numismatist magazine and it is pretty easy to recommend the Mises Institute to those readers. I recommend the works of Ayn Rand in my writing for engineers and business people who are always open to the information in those cases when they have not already heard of Ayn Rand and/or Libertarianism.
From my point of view, I have done as much to advance the cause of freedom as Tibor Machan, Murray Rothbard, Ed Clark, and John Hospers. I never heard of David Henderson, Edward Snider, or George Reisman. I also never heard of Robert Bleiberg and I accept that as criticism of my not being in the cultural mainstream -- where Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman hold court.
Now that your hackles are up, let's look at Rothbard. What did he do? I mean, who, outside of the choir read his sermons? Working on a paper about 19th century banking, I paid for his A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II and it was sophomoric. In that book, he thickly larded a thin platter of historical allusions -- cited second hand -- with a heavy dollop of anti-government rhetoric. Granted that I used his citations as way-markers, the bottom line is that my research will be superior to his ... and I'm just a guy with a keyboard.