Wow. I always knew the neocons hated LRC, but now I also know the extent of their fear. From the NY Times to the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard to National Review, they all want to destroy this website. It’s been the 10-minute hate. And, of course, for pro-war, pro-police state, pro-empire types who exalt the “Noble Lie,” no fib is too fictional.
Why the hate? It’s the rebuke of our massive traffic, up 19.7% in 2011 alone, according to Google. It reaches into every corner of America and the world. This was already the best-read libertarian site ever, and now we’ve taken another giant step (as the Times goes out of business). But the real reason for the fear and hate is our Rothbardian, anarcho-capitalist ideas, and their demonstrated power to change hearts and minds, no matter what fabrications the establishment spreads. LRC is the powerful teacher of freedom, markets, peace, and historical truth. So, of course, the poisoned arrows fly.
The advocates of the State — these days, one variety of fascist or another — freak out at LRC. They pull out the long knives. But donations from our readers are the best armor. With our gifts last year, we were able to move our site to a freer country, with another foreign backup, and to redo the content management system to make the site more robust. We want to step up security, too, of course. But income minus expenses for 2011 leaves us more than $45,000 in the hole. If you want to see LRC thrive and grow, triumph over the enemy, and spread the word even more effectively, a donation would be a huge help. Every dollar helps defeat the neocon menace.
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Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. [send him mail], former editorial assistant to Ludwig von Mises and congressional chief of staff to Ron Paul, is founder and chairman of the Mises Institute, executor for the estate of Murray N. Rothbard, and editor of LewRockwell.com. See his books.