Wish We Were Here Episode 16: Liberty's Pitchman — Robert LeFevre & The Freedom School

Jun 17, 2016

 

In the mid-20th Century, a man named Robert LeFevre (pronounced Luh-FAVE) created a small mountain academy just north of Colorado Springs called The Freedom School. The school, and his teachings, played an important role in the popularization of libertarianism in America. They also helped shape the minds of some of the the most powerful men in American industry and politics, not the least of which were Charles and David Koch, aka The Koch Brothers--two of the wealthiest men in the world.

On this episode of Wish We Were Here we tell the nearly-forgotten story of LeFevre and his short-lived libertarian boot camp.

Click HERE to read the FBI's file on LeFevre and the Freedom School.

Click HERE to read Mark Ames's article "Meet Charles Koch's Brain"

Click HERE for Brian Doherty's book Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement

Click HERE to read Jane Mayer's 2010 New Yorker article, "Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama."

Click HERE to watch historian Will Schultz's 2015 presentation on The Freedom School and Robert LeFevre.

Click HERE to read the complete Historical Assessment of the former Freedom School property.

Music in this episode was composed by Sam Erickson, of the band We Are Not A Glum Lot.