When I entered the Harvard class of 1990, I had no idea what to expect. I came from a conservative town, and had been reared in a conservative environment.
Now I was in Cambridge.
One of my very first professors required us to buy our books at Revolution Books. Not knowing any better, I went — and I found portraits of Mao and other communist killers all over the walls. Indignant, I stormed out and found the books elsewhere.
Every night at dinner the freshmen encountered people selling the Workers’ Vanguard — a communist newspaper. Hammer and sickle and everything. I couldn’t just pass them by. I debated them.
Most of the time, my professors taught establishment history, not radical leftism (though there was some of that, too). Half these people (like Ernest May, who taught foreign policy) had served in government in some capacity, and they weren’t about to trash the institution that had given meaning to their lives.
So it was on my own that I had to learn everything they were leaving out.
Thankfully, I knew Murray Rothbard personally. I was repeatedly able to get reading suggestions from him.
Not everyone is so fortunate. That’s why I created LibertyClassroom.com — to give you the knowledge it took me decades of work to acquire. This is probably not what the admissions committee wanted me to do with my degree. Well, ha ha.
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