Front Page, Premier Issue


A few years ago, an article like this would have begun "you hold in your hands ..." If, that is, such an introduction could have been written at all. The words "before the internet" recall a time when publications were hampered by the high cost of production and distribution. It is the advancement of technology that makes it possible for us to put Rational Review "in your hands."

Our goals are not modest. We desire nothing less than to compete, toe to toe, with the publications that that have shaped public policy for decades: National Review, The New Republic, The Nation. We believe that our ideas -- that libertarian ideas -- are better and that, placed alongside other ideas, they will prevail. Ideas like non-aggression. Non-interventionism. Voluntary cooperation instead of coercive government.

The distance from where we are to where we want to go is long -- perhaps longer than our lifetimes. Rational Review's purpose is to get people started on that Long March, to support them along the way and to rest only when we find ourselves in a free society.

Lofty goals? Perhaps. But worthwhile ones. I can't claim that you'll like, or even agree with, everything you read here. Our authors are independent and given their head to express their ideas on liberty. What I can guarantee is that Rational Review will never compromise, never cower, never turn its back on the following:

"A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, or to advocate or delegate its initiation. Those who act consistently with this principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what they may claim."

That definition, promulgated by L. Neil Smith, is our raison d'etre. It's our compass. It's what we're about. I hope you'll saddle up and join us on our journey.

Yours in liberty,
Thomas L. Knapp