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Roderick Tracy Long

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Roderick Tracy Long
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Long in 2015
Born (1964-02-04) February 4, 1964 (age 60)
Los Angeles, United States
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Roderick Tracy Long (born February 4, 1964) is an American professor of philosophy at Auburn University and left-libertarian blogger. He also serves as an editor of the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, director and president of the Molinari Institute and a Senior Fellow[2] at the Center for a Stateless Society.[3]

Education and career[edit]

Long received a B.A. in philosophy from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He edited the book Anarchism/Minarchism: Is a Government Part of a Free Country? Long was an editor of the Journal of Libertarian Studies until it ceased publication under his stewardship in 2008.

Alliance of the Libertarian Left[edit]

Long is a co-founder[4] and member of the Alliance of the Libertarian Left,[4][5] a left-libertarian organization that seeks to unite various left-libertarian groups including agorists, geolibertarians, green libertarians, left-Rothbardians, minarchists, mutualists and voluntaryists, among others.[4][6]


According to Long, he specializes in "Greek philosophy; moral psychology; ethics; philosophy of social science; and political philosophy (with an emphasis on libertarian/anarchist theory)".[7] Long supports what he calls "libertarian anarchy",[8] but he avoids describing this as capitalism, a term he believes has inconsistent and confusing meanings.[9]

Long is an advocate of "build[ing] worker solidarity. On the one hand, this means formal organization, including unionization—but I'm not talking about the prevailing model of 'business unions' [...] but real unions, the old-fashioned kind, committed to the working class and not just union members, and interested in worker autonomy, not government patronage".[10]

Long identifies as a peace activist and points out that a "consistent peace activist must be an anarchist".[11] He describes market anarchism as "a peaceful, consensual alternative" to society with a state,[12] and has also spoken in favor of agorism.[13] Long has identified himself as a bleeding-heart libertarian and has contributed to the Bleeding Heart Libertarians weblog.[14]

In addition to supporting privatizing the military, Long advocates a non-interventionist foreign policy.[15]


See also[edit]


  1. "Robert Nozick, Philosopher of Liberty" by Roderick T. Long
  2. "About". Center for a Stateless Society. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  3. "Roderick T. Long". Cato Unbound. Cato Institute. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Long, Roderick (June 17, 2014). "Left-Libertarianism: Its Past, Its Present, Its Prospects". Center for a Stateless Society. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  5. Long, Roderick (2011-04-19). "How to Reach the Left". Mises Institute. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  6. "Alliance of the Libertarian Left". Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  7. Auburn University Department of Philosophy Faculty & Staff Listing accessed at May 4, 2013
  8. Long, Roderick T. (2004). "Libertarian Anarchism: Responses to Ten Objections". Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  9. Long, Roderick T. (April 8, 2006). "Rothbard's 'Left and Right': Forty Years Later". Ludwig von Mises Institute. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  10. Richman, Sheldon (February 3, 2011). "Libertarian Left". The American Conservative. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  11. Long, Roderick T. "An Open Letter to the Peace Movement" March 7, 2003.
  12. Long, Roderick T. (March 7, 2003). "An Open Letter to the Peace Movement". In a Blog's Stead. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  13. Kuskowski, Jędrzej (January 4, 2008). ""An Interview With Roderick Long"". Liberalis in English. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  14. "Posts by Roderick Long". Bleeding Heart Libertarians weblog. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  15. Long, Roderick T. (October 15, 1994). "Defending a Free Nation". Formulations (Winter 1994-95) – via

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