Roderick T. Long

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Roderick Tracy Long
2015-11-07 Roderick T. Long (cropped).jpg
Long in 2015
Born (1964-02-04) February 4, 1964 (age 57)
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 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][5] and member of the Alliance of the Libertarian Left,[4][5][6] 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.[5][7]


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)".[8] Long supports what he calls "libertarian anarchy",[9] but he avoids describing this as capitalism, a term he believes has inconsistent and confusing meanings.[10]

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".[11]

Long identifies as a peace activist and points out that a "consistent peace activist must be an anarchist".[12] He describes market anarchism as "a peaceful, consensual alternative" to society with a state.[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]


  • Long, Roderick T (16 July 2014). "Left-Libertarianism, Market Anarchism, Class Conflict and Historical Theories of Distributive Justice" (PDF). Griffith Law Review. 21 (2): 413–431. doi:10.1080/10383441.2012.10854747. S2CID 143550988.
  • 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Robert Nozick, Philosopher of Liberty" by Roderick T. Long
  2. ^ "About". Center for a Stateless Society. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Roderick T. Long". Cato Unbound. Cato Institute. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Roderick T. Long | People". 7 August 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Long, Roderick (17 June 2014). "Left-Libertarianism: Its Past, Its Present, Its Prospects". Center for a Stateless Society. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  6. ^ Long, Roderick (19 April 2011). "How to Reach the Left". Mises Institute. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Alliance of the Libertarian Left". Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  8. ^ Auburn University Department of Philosophy Faculty & Staff Listing accessed at May 4, 2013
  9. ^ Long, Roderick T. (2004). "Libertarian Anarchism: Responses to Ten Objections". Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  10. ^ Long, Roderick T. (8 April 2006). "Rothbard's 'Left and Right': Forty Years Later". Ludwig von Mises Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  11. ^ Richman, Sheldon (3 February 2011). "Libertarian Left". The American Conservative. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  12. ^ Long, Roderick T. "An Open Letter to the Peace Movement" March 7, 2003.
  13. ^ Long, Roderick T. (7 March 2003). "An Open Letter to the Peace Movement". In a Blog's Stead. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Posts by Roderick Long". Bleeding Heart Libertarians weblog. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  15. ^ Long, Roderick T. (15 October 1994). "Defending a Free Nation". Formulations (Winter 1994-95) – via

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