Libertarians You’ve Never Heard Of: Robert LeFevre
It’s important to learn from intellectual giants like Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard, but there are many unsung heroes that are also worth exploring. In thiseducational series, we hope to introduce students to such individuals. While not all of the figures profiled here explicitly identified as libertarian, they made great contributions to the cause of liberty that are worth acknowledging.
“Government, when it is examined, turns out to be nothing more nor less than a group of fallible men with the political force to act asthough they were infallible.”– Robert LeFevre, in his essay, Aggression isWrong.
Who: Robert LeFevre (1911-1996) was an American businessman, a radio personality, and a libertarian who influenced the theory of autarchism. He founded the Freedom School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Rampart College*.* The main objective of both schools was to educate people about the importance of freedom and free-markets policies.
Why he matters: LeFevre’s main contribution to the libertarian movement, besides his writings, was his commitment to educate other minds about the principles of liberty. He is considered one of the founding fathers of the modern libertarian movement, and his philosophy on ownership shook the world.
If you only read one thing: Read his magnus opus, The Fundamentals of Liberty, which is a compilation of his work of over 25 years as a lecturer, author and president of the Rampant College.
Available online:This Bread is Mine.