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"We shall probably have occasion to use
the word "libertarian"
plenty of times from now on
News, June, 1938)."
Last month we asked for suggestions for a new name for government with limited powers, such as the American continuity demands. The suggestions we made were justly criticised as strange and unfamiliar, and we have as yet to
no term to cover the particular ground. However, another term that may partly fill the need has been coming into use―the word
This word is coming into use to denote advocacy of the
supremacy of individual liberties and rights, including the proposition that no
government must be allowed to exceed these limits. A libertarian government is
essentially a limited government limited by individual rights; the
definition not only does not imply majority rule, but definitely implies that all
rule, whether majority or minority, is strictly limited to the field of
preventing transgressions on the rights of any individuals whatever. This is in
opposition to "authoritarian," which implies that the government,
whether it represents a majority or not, is supreme and must be obeyed
regardless. The idea of authoritarianist democracy, as opposed to
libertarianism, is the one current in official circles, who believe that a
"head of government," once elected, must not be opposed by anything
whatever. The idea is more tersely expressed by Macauley:
"Then choose we a Dictator,
Whom all men shall obey."
We shall probably have occasion to use the word "libertarian" plenty
of times from now on. But the more general idea of limited government is still
without a good name. The word "democracy" is useless because abused.
[No copies found thus far.]
"Esther and I were
glad to see your copy of the Libertarian."―Letter
from Julius Eichel, Monday, March 6, 1944
"I am sending you the
latest, and last, issue of The Libertarian. You will see from it that the
nature of the VUSP is changing, and it is withdrawing from political
controversy. I have always hated politics in general, and am coming to the
conclusion that pacifist politics is as poisonous as any other variety of
to Eichel, Saturday, March 25, 1944.
August 12, 1943
We are grateful to David
Sachs for calling our attention to a book
Sprading with the word 'libertarian'.
Liberty and the great
an anthology on liberty, a hand-book of
Charles T Sprading
English Book 1 p.l., -540,  p. ; 20
Los Angeles : Published for the author, 1913