Central Park West
New York 25, N.Y.
States Rights Democrats
New York Times this morning carried a report which, if true, is
just about the best political news of the year. Indeed, it may be
the most significant development since the advent of the New Deal.
a New Yorker born and bred, I was a staunch supporter of the Thurmond
movement; a good friend of mine headed the Columbia Students for
Thurmond, which I believe was the only such collegiate movement
north of the Mason-Dixon line.
support, however, was not extremely enthusiastic, because, although
I agreed wholeheartedly with the platform and Thurmondís campaign
speeches, I felt that it was keyed too much to purely Southern interests.
Sure, the Civil Tyranny program must be combatted, but what about
the myriad invasions of states rights in other fields by the power-hungry
Washington bureaucracy? In other words, while you always claimed
that yours was a national movement, by talking only of the Civil
Tyranny program you threw away any attraction to Northern and Western
have always felt that it is imperative for the States Rights movement
to establish itself on a nation-wide scale. Obviously, we are now
living in a one-party system, a party of Socialists in fact if not
in name, and only courageous Southern Democrats in Congress have
so far blocked their program. But as far as Presidential elections
go, the Republicans are through the Socialist Administration
has too much power to bribe voters with wild promises. If things
go on as they are, it is only a question of a few years for the
socialist program to go through and destroy this land of liberty.
it is essential to form a new party, of States Righters, consisting
of Southern Democrats and real Republicans (omitting the me-too
Republicans) to launch a dynamic offensive against National Socialism
in this country before it is too late. I am greatly elated over
your new platform because I believe it points in that direction.
you please send me a copy of your new platform and constitution?
Do you plan to start a newspaper of nation-wide circulation? This
would be of great help in establishing a national States Rights
would like to add that, as an economist, I enthusiastically support
your proposals on national debt and taxes in fact, taken
all and all, from the news reports I would say that your new platform
is one of the best in American history. Indeed, it is one of the
finest political statements in America since Calhounís Exposition.
could grow into a mighty movement if you have the will and vision.
There are millions of Americans throughout the country, Republicans
and Democrats, who would flock to your banner. They are weary of
being led by the nose by New Deal politicians of both parties
they are tired of being deprived of their votes because there is
no anti-socialist and pro-liberty party to which they can turn.
gentlemen, can be a means of succor for these millions - and not
only these, but America itself. National Socialism has always meant
poverty, tyranny, and war. America is slipping down the road and
has already gone far; it must be restored to the right path if the
great dream of our forefathers of a nation dedicated to liberty
is not to vanish from the earth. Yours can be that mission.
Murray N. Rothbard
© 2002 by the Ludwig von Mises Institute