Saturday, April 16, 2011

Resources for RAW's politics

The New Libertarian Notes interview with Robert Anton Wilson that I recently reprinted here gives a more detailed than usual look at RAW's political influences and views on libertarianism, at least in the 1970s.

If you are curious about some of the political writers RAW talks about, such as Benjamin Tucker and Lysander Spooner, you can get up to speed by listening to Jeff Riggenbach's podcasts on "The Libertarian Tradition." Or see the transcripts of the programs. They cover many authors cited by RAW as an influence, including Tucker, Spooner, Robert Heinlein, and H.L. Mencken.

Riggenbach's book, Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism surveys revisionist historians; I haven't had time to read it yet, but the chapter on the world wars covers revisionist historians RAW championed, such as Charles Beard and Harry Barnes. Free ebook copies are available here.

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