Jeff Riggenbach, RIP | David Gordon


Jeff Riggenbach, one of many pioneer libertarians from the Nineteen Seventies, died at present on the age of seventy-four. The dominant theme of his work was opposition to battle, and he was an ideal champion of Randolph Bourne, who famously mentioned that “battle is the well being of the state.”   He was drawn to the Mises Institute via our opposition to battle.

He mentioned in regards to the Institute:

After 11th of September…whereas many of the remainder of the inhabitants of america, together with a lot of the libertarian motion, turned crazed by battle fever, the Mises Institute stood resolute and unyielding in its devotion to the Rothbardian view of battle, peace, and the State. Lew Rockwell’s on-line articles specifically had been a welcome breath of sanity and sound evaluation in a media surroundings that appeared at occasions like a madhouse. I started visiting the web site.  I realized that the Ludwig von Mises Institute is without doubt one of the most necessary establishments of the fashionable libertarian motion, particularly in its devotion to the duty of maintaining libertarians conversant with and devoted to what Rothbard (and Benjamin Tucker earlier than him) referred to as the “plumb line”—the fundamental, underlying ideas of libertarianism.

He wrote a number of excellent books, together with Why American Historical past Is Not What They Say (2009), a research of revisionist interpretations of America’s wars. He wrote frequently for,, and

When you have listened to an audiobook on the web site, you can be acquainted with Jeff’s mellifluous voice. He labored for a few years as a radio broadcaster, and nobody who heard that voice will ever neglect it.

We are going to miss him.