It was a nightmare.
Like you, I read LRC every morning, but in my bad dream I turned on my computer only to find a 404 page-not-found error. LewRockwell.com was no longer on the air.
I immediately wondered: what the heck is going to happen to all of us who depend on LRC? One lady said it kept her out of a padded room. A college student wrote that this site helped him refute liberal professors. A businessman said it taught him all he needed to know about the nature of government.
As for me, well, I feel like I have a virtual degree in Murray Rothbard studies.
Of course, if insults and smears were physical blows, Lew Rockwell would be in a body cast. But you know what? He'd still be hobbling along, smiting the enemy, unstoppable.
Thank goodness he's that way, for all our sakes. Thank goodness the neocons and all the other statists don't faze him. Thank goodness he finds joy in the battle. And thank goodness he's a great editor. There is a reason that LRC is the best-read libertarian site in the world, and ranked 11 of the 100 most important political sites in America.
Basically, as one young lady wrote, "LewRockwell.com rocks." Of course, politicians don't like it. Except Ron Paul, who calls LRC his "favorite site in the whole world, and the first one I read every morning."
The old media can't stand LRC. Where, they want to know, as Hillary put it, are the regime's "gatekeepers"? They are locked out of LRC. That's why lovers of government coercion neo, fasco, Marxo, and all the rest despise LRC (while secretly reading it, of course).
Their animus is a medal on Lew's chest. But medals won't pay the bills, and if the LRC bank account were a gasoline gauge, the needle would be nearing the big E.
So far there is no "404" notice, and may there never be! But there is some good news that slightly worries me. With few resources, Lew wants to expand LRC. He wants to make it more like a daily libertarian newspaper for the 21st century, covering culture and sports as well as economics, history, politics, and everything.
First, however, Lew wants to add comments to the blogs and articles, which readers have been clamoring for. But it's expensive if done right. We have to make sure that our anti-spam software is the best, since spam can knock a site off the air by itself. And we must have moderators to make sure that the comments are civil and intelligent. Why? Because Lew is a lightning rod.
For a guy dedicated to social cooperation and international peace, to freedom and non-violence, to private property and sound money, to our libertarian heritage and our great heroes, Lew sure has a lot of opponents. There are the freedom haters. But the regime pays well, in fact and in prospect. Others will offer their souls to the state because it seems cool, and so uncool to be a dissident in fascist times.
But there are many of us who love this site, and who think it's essential to the cause of liberty, here and all around the world, and we love liberty. Not only must LRC survive in that cause, it must thrive. My dream: to see it challenge the very top sites in news and opinion. It is possible.
Help me keep LRC going and growing. There must be no popping of champagne corks on Capitol Hill or in any other place where "the gang of thieves writ large," as Murray put it, meets to rip us off.
July 6, 2009