Roderick T. Long

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Roderick Tracy Long
Born (1964-02-04) February 4, 1964 (age 55)
Los Angeles, United States
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAustrian School
Main interests
Libertarianism, praxeology, anarchism, Objectivism, feminism, left-libertarianism, bleeding-heart libertarianism
Notable ideas
Bleeding-heart libertarianism

Roderick Tracy Long (born February 4, 1964) is an American professor of philosophy at Auburn University and 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.


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)."[4] Long supports what he calls "libertarian anarchy",[5] but avoids describing this as "capitalism", a term he believes has inconsistent and confusing meanings.[6]

He 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."[7]

Long identifies as a peace activist and points out that a "consistent peace activist must be an anarchist."[8] He describes market anarchism as "a peaceful, consensual alternative" to society with a state.[9] Long has identified himself as a bleeding-heart libertarian and has contributed to the Bleeding Heart Libertarians weblog.[10]

In addition to supporting privatizing the military, Long is for a non-interventionist foreign policy with no imperialism, no foreign adventuring, and no gunboat diplomacy.[11]


  • Wittgenstein, Austrian Economics, and the Logic of Action: Praxeological Investigations (ISBN 978-0415329484) Routledge, August 2008.
  • Anarchism/Minarchism: Is a Government Part of a Free Country? (ISBN 978-0754660668) Ed., with Tibor Machan. Ashgate, February 2008.
  • Reason and Value: Aristotle versus Rand (ISBN 978-1577240457) Objectivist Center, 2000.
  • Contributor (2008). Hamowy, Ronald (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE; Cato Institute. doi:10.4135/9781412965811. ISBN 978-1412965804. LCCN 2008009151. OCLC 750831024.


  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. ^ Auburn University Department of Philosophy Faculty & Staff Listing accessed at May 4, 2013
  5. ^ Long, Roderick T. (2004). "Libertarian Anarchism: Responses to Ten Objections". Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  6. ^ Long, Roderick T. (April 8, 2006). "Rothbard's 'Left and Right': Forty Years Later". Ludwig von Mises Institute. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  7. ^ Richman, Sheldon (February 3, 2011). "Libertarian Left". The American Conservative. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  8. ^ Long, Roderick T. "An Open Letter to the Peace Movement" March 7, 2003.
  9. ^ Long, Roderick T. (March 7, 2003). "An Open Letter to the Peace Movement". In a Blog's Stead. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "Posts by Roderick Long". Bleeding Heart Libertarians weblog. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  11. ^ "Defending a Free Nation".

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