Aaron Ross Powell
Director and Editor

Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org, a project of the Cato Institute. Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org presents introductory material as well as new scholarship related to libertarian philosophy, theory, and history. He is also co‐​host of Libertarianism.org’s popular podcast, Free Thoughts. His writing has appeared in Liberty and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.

Welcome to Roy A. Childs Week at Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org. Over the next five days, we’ll celebrate the life and works of Roy A. Childs, Jr., scholar, teacher, and champion of liberty. We’ll have never‐​before‐​seen videos of Childs’s lectures, memories of him written by some of his colleagues and closest friends, and a new Excursions from George H. Smith on Childs’s evolving thoughts on the role of the state.

But to get things started, I'm happy to announce the publication of the first e-book from the newly launched Libertarianism.org Press. Anarchism & Justice collects five of Childs's best essays on the moral status of the state. From the book's description:

“We must start out as anarchists, and have the advocates of the state make out their case,” writes Roy A. Childs, Jr., in “Anarchism and Justice,” the main essay in this collection of his works, newly published by Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org Press. Childs goes on to present the strongest cases advocates of the state had offered to date, and finds none satisfying.

Essayist, lecturer, and critic Roy A. Childs, Jr., first came to prominence in the libertarian movement with his 1969 “Open Letter to Ayn Rand,” also included in this collection. He quickly established himself as a major thinker within the libertarian tradition. Anarchism & Justice collects some of his best essays on the moral philosophy and the role of the state—including his late‐​in‐​life repudiation of anarchy.

Anarchism & Justice features a comprehensive introduction by noted libertarian scholar George H. Smith, and covers both Childs’s life and the evolution of his thought.

The book is available now from Amazon–and is coming soon to other major e‐​book retailers.

We’re proud to have published these major essays in libertarian radicalism. And we encourage you to come back throughout the week to learn more about Roy A. Childs, Jr.