Roderick T. Long

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]

Roderick Tracy Long
Long in 2015
Born (1964-02-04) February 4, 1964
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

Education and career

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 Libertarian Left

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 avoids describing this as "capitalism", a term he believes has inconsistent and confusing meanings.[10]

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."[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 is for a non-interventionist foreign policy with no imperialism, no foreign adventuring, and no gunboat diplomacy.[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.
  • 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 14 April 2014.
  3. "Roderick T. Long". Cato Unbound. Cato Institute. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  4. "Roderick T. Long | People". 7 August 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  5. Long, Roderick. "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. "Defending a Free Nation".
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