Gary Galles writes in The Orange County Register:
Today is the anniversary of the birth in 1923 of Karl Hess – someone called the “most beloved libertarian.” Credited with the famous line from Barry Goldwater’s presidential nomination acceptance speech in 1964, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue,” his work was a central influence in reviving the libertarian movement. A documentary on his life, “Karl Hess: Toward Liberty,” even won an Oscar for best short documentary in 1981.
Given Hess’ role in reigniting the embers of what had been the flame of liberty at America’s founding, it is worth remembering his powerful words.
•”Politics has always been the institutionalized and established way in which some men have exercised the power to live off the output of other men.”
•”[P]olitics, throughout time, has existed solely through the resources that it has been able to plunder from the creative and productive people … denied the exclusive employment of all their own powers for their own welfare.”
•”Political parties and politicians today – all parties and all politicians – question only the forms through which they will express their common belief in controlling the lives of others.”
And from wikipedia:
In 1969 and 1970, Hess joined with others, including Murray Rothbard, Robert LeFevre, Dana Rohrabacher, Samuel Edward Konkin III, and former Students for a Democratic Society leader Carl Oglesby to speak at two “left-right” conferences which brought together activists from both the Old Right and the New Left in what was emerging as a nascent libertarian movement. Hess later joined the Libertarian Party which was founded in 1971, and served as editor of its newspaper from 1986 to 1990.