Free Trade: The Engine of Revolution

by Wendy McElroy

“Louis Bromfield (1896-1956) may be the most underrated voice of the ‘Old Right,’ especially in connection with its opposition to the Cold War. The Old Right was a loose coalition of anti-statists and anti-interventionists in the early-to-mid 20th century who opposed the New Deal programs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and spoke against American entry into both World War I and World War II as well as against subsequent Cold War policies. As a generalization, and with notable exceptions, the Old Right was a libertarian-leaning branch of the Republican Party, which included the prominent Senator Robert Taft and Representative Howard Buffet. The anti-imperialist and free-market stands of the Old Right were a beacon that drew young activists such as Murray Rothbard. The journalist and novelist Bromfield was a notable exception to many Old Right generalizations.” (09/05/23)