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    Nov232009

    Libertarianism -- Going Old School

    I rarely run across a thinker with whom I can agree on every point of their thought, but, so far, everything I've read from Frank Chodorov's work rings true. Since politics covers so many areas of life, it's almost impossible to have a deep understanding of all the issues involved, but armed with a few overarcing principles and a framework of knowledge, a discerning thinker can form a good impression on any issue. Then, the thinker needs to study the issue to confirm the impression, or prove the impression misguided. Sometimes, I get hung up in the "right" "left" arguments, but Chodorov deals in fundamentals which are the true source of differences.

    Chodorov had a masterful command of most issues related to politics and governance, and when I read his thoughts he confirms my impressions and expands my understanding in areas where I thought I knew a subject but discovered new angles of approach in articulating my understanding in greater depth.

    Chodorov was old school Right, and he saw what was coming in America, as it was already happening during his lifetime. Some of his insights can be applied to modern issues with no updating needed, except the political players he mentions. Another difference is that the quotes he offers from the politicians during his time are more intelligent, revealing minds which understood the battle of ideologies and weren't afraid to lay them out.

    Chodorov was fearless in laying out the battle lines. There's no question where Chodorov stood on the issues -- his writing is clear, sharp and free of intellectual obfuscation and puffery. Our political intellectuals could learn a lot from Chodorov.

    Joseph R. Stromberg called Chodorov a libertarian's libertarian -- Albert Jay Nock was an admiring friend, along with Murray Rothbard. Chodorov was an intellectual inspiration to many from the Old Right, and he was an ideological opponent of the New Right's war-mongers and communist hunters like William F. Buckley who took the right in a statist/militaristic direction.

    Chodorov felt that the 16th Amendment was the second American Revolution reversing the New Order established by the American Revolution and transferring power from the people to the state through confiscation of wealth. Chodorov believed that the only hope of reversing the socialistic trend was when the states grew weary of sending money to the federal government and not getting as much in return. Chodorov saw how the once competitive states had been bought off by the federal government causing a centralization of power -- but this would eventually break the states and cause a backlash. Chodorov envisioned the states some day repealing the 16th Amendment so that competition can once again offer free choice -- and, also, by repealing the 16th Amendment, the federal government wouldn't have the revenues to control the country.

    Chodorov admired the Founder's wisdom when they split loyalty among the people between the state in which they live and the central government -- this will prevent complete centralization and socialism. Today we're witnessing grumblings from states who are fed up with a meddling and controlling central government. We can hope that Chodorov was right, and that the states will save the country from Washington D.C.

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