Who is he: Llewellyn (Lew) H. Rockwell, Jr. is one of America's leading libertarian political commentators, writers, activists and proponents of the Austrian School of Economics, which is today the major opponent to the failing Keynesian big government policies followed by the US government today. Lew also serves as a member of the advisory board of the Foundation for the Advancement of Free-Market Thinking.
In December 1981, Ludwig von Mises's widow, Margit, gave her approval to Lew Rockwell to found the Ludwig von Mises Institute. It was formally established in October 1982 and is located in Auburn, Alabama. Currently, Rockwell serves as chairman and Douglas French is the president.
With the support of Margit von Mises, who chaired the board until her death in 1993, and such giants as F.A. Hayek, Lawrence Fertig, Henry Hazlitt, and Murray N. Rothbard (who headed its academic programs until his death in 1995), the Mises Institute has grown into the leading scholarly center for research and teaching in the Austrian School of economics, as well as an important research center for classical liberalism and libertarianism.
Today, the Mises Institute publishes books by Ludwig von Mises and other new and old works by Austrian economists and historians. The Mises Institute also maintains the complete Mises bibliography, manages the archive of Murray N. Rothbard and publishes periodicals – including two academic journals and a scholarly review of literature. The in-house Massey and Ward Libraries are a multilingual collection of more than 30,000 volumes, including Rothbard's personal library, which makes it one of the most extensive specialized collections of its kind in the world.
Mises.org went online in 1995 in large part thanks to the efforts of Lew Rockwell. A reliable and stable research tool, it features working papers, study guides, bibliographies, biographies, e-books, publication archives, a calendar of events, fellowship applications, audio and video downloads, foreign language materials, a faculty directory, research tools, daily editorials, local on-site library access, and an online catalog of publications. Mises.org provides open access, is linked from classrooms and libraries around the world, and has earned a far higher Alexa and Quantcast ranking than any market-oriented non-profit in the world.
Background: Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. is the former editorial assistant to Ludwig von Mises and congressional chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul as well as the executor of the estate of Murray N. Rothbard.
In addition to the von Mises Institute, Lew Rockwell's political weblog LewRockwell.com is considered by many to be the most important site advancing freedom, peace and pro-market ideas on the web today. This website in particular started the powerful grassroots movement culminating in the Ron Paul For President in 2008 campaign effort.