By Bryan Caplan
Two decades ago, I asked a libertarian professor, “Is there any socialist analog of the Institute for Humane Studies?” “Sure,” he replied. “Harvard University, Columbia University…” Does anyone know of a less flippant response to my question?
In a similar vein, we might ask, “Is there any socialist analog of Liberty Fund?” Is there any leftist charity whose chief mission is to organize small seminars where the participants read and discuss classic political writings? Marxists.org admittedly resembles Liberty Fund’s Online Library of Liberty, but as far as I know the parallel ends there.
Even if readers manage to name decent counter-examples, unconventional outfits like IHS and Liberty Fund clearly play an unusually prominent role in the libertarian movement. What’s the root of the imbalance?