Type of site
Editor Lew Rockwell
Website lewrockwell.com
Alexa rank 24,222 (Sept 2016) [1]
Launched 1999 (1999)
Current status active

LewRockwell.com (LRC) is a libertarian website[2] which states that its purpose is "to help carry on the anti-war, anti-state, pro-market work of Murray N. Rothbard." It was begun in 1999 by anarcho-capitalists Lew Rockwell and Burt Blumert[3] as an affiliate of the nonprofit Center for Libertarian Studies. The site presents articles and blog entries by Lew Rockwell and other contributors[4] as well as a weekly podcast called the Lew Rockwell Show.[5] LRC's traffic rank was in the top 25,000 websites worldwide in September 2016, having previous been in the top 10,000 in May 2013.[1]


The site states "Lew strives to present a diverse daily selection of interesting articles from our writers and other sites, but he does not necessarily endorse every view expressed. He does, however, believe that each piece will repay your reading."[3] It has a number of contributors whose writings comport with the site's motto of "anti-war, anti-state, pro-market". Brian Doherty in Reason wrote that the "Mises Institute-associated writers… at LewRockwell.com… [tend to] to stress the various nightmarish problems and crises that government action creates, whether overseas or at home."[6]

The site includes an archive of dozens of articles by Murray Rothbard, who was Rockwell's colleague at the Mises Institute[7] and another which contains dozens more by and about Ron Paul.[8]


Conservative writer Jonah Goldberg of National Review wrote that LewRockwell.com "features regular diatribes against National Review, neoconservatives, The Weekly Standard, William F. Buckley, and other icons of what most people consider mainstream conservatism in America".[9] Writing in The American Conservative, W. James Antle III (of The American Spectator) described LRC as paleolibertarian and "an indispensable source of news about [Ron Paul's political campaign]."[10]

The site has been criticized for presenting articles which advocate AIDS denialism, the view that HIV does not cause AIDS.[11] For instance, the site published former University of Texas at Tyler Math Professor Rebecca Culshaw's article, "Why I quit HIV", in which she rejected the evidence that HIV causes AIDS.[12] Additionally, Peter Duesberg made a presentation espousing AIDS Denial a 2006 conference hosted by LewRockwell.com. LRC was also criticized for publishing the claim that vaccines cause autism.[13]


Noted contributors listed by LewRockwell.com include:[14]

* Indicates contributor also listed as a prominent LRC writer.[15]

Other noted LRC writers include:[15]

References and notes

  1. 1 2 Alexa analyctics for LewRockwell.com, accessed Sept 26, 2016.
  2. Baedeker, Rob (February 25, 2008). "The gold standard: A precious metal that's not just an investment but a worldview too". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
  3. 1 2 About LewRockwell.com at LewRockwell.com website.
  4. The LRC Blog at LewRockwell.com website
  5. Lew Rockwell Show podcast at LewRockwell.com.
  6. Doherty, Brian (February 16, 2009). "Libertarianism in an Age of Economic Crisis: Why being truculent, oppositional, and hard to pigeonhole are not signs of ideological death". Reason. Reason Foundation.
  7. Murray N. Rothbard Library and Resources at LewRockwell.com.
  8. The Ron Paul File at LewRockwell.com. In his 2011 book Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom, Paul said he "especially value[s]" the site. Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE). ISBN 978-1-4555-0443-5
  9. Goldberg, Jonah (March 7, 2001). "Farewell, Lew Rockwell. The final word". National Review. The site also features regular screeds about how Abraham Lincoln was a murderous war criminal, how the American military is a hotbed of criminal imperialism and murderous warmongering, and why Southern secession not only was honorable and noble but how it still is a viable option. (In this article, Goldberg was responding to criticisms of another article he had written about LRC.)
  10. Antle III, W. James (January 14, 2008). "The Paleocon Dilemma… The Ron Paul campaign illustrates the choices facing the antiwar Right". The American Conservative. [A] decade ago...Rockwell hoped to mobilize grassroots conservatives on behalf of anti-statism, during the Bush era he has detected a whiff of 'red-state fascism' among the Republican base. Other [LRC] writers prefer terms like 'neoconofascist'.
  11. Kalichman, Seth; Nattrass, Nicoli (2008). Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, and Human Tragedy. New York, London: Springer. pp. 49–53, 142, 182, 191. ISBN 978-0-387-79475-4. OCLC 390487079.
  12. Culshaw, Rebecca. "Why I Quit HIV". Lewrockwell.com.
  13. Gorski, David (June 22, 2009). "Cranks, quacks, and peer-review." Science-based medicine. Author is Assistant Professor of Medicine (Surgery) at Wayne State University, holding an M.D. and Ph.D. in Cellular Biology from Case Western University)
  14. LewRockwell.com columnists
  15. 1 2 About LewRockwell.com (partial listing)
  16. In his 2010 book Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History, Napolitano described LRC as "the best monitor of government excess in America today". ISBN 978-1-59555-266-2 OCLC 422764514

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