Justin Raimondo (born 1952) is a libertarian author and the editorial director of the website Antiwar.Com. He has been involved in a variety of political efforts from his base in the San Francisco Bay Area.
During the 1960s, Raimondo took a brief interest in the philosophy of Ayn Rand before joining Young Americans for Freedom. In the 1970s, he became active in the Libertarian Party. With Eric Garris, he organized a "Radical Caucus", which brought Raimondo and Garris to the attention of the influential libertarian theorist Murray Rothbard. In 1983, after a schism in the party, Raimondo left the Libertarian Party and attempted to organize a libertarian faction in the Republican Party. After 1989, Raimondo again began working with Rothbard in the anti-war John Randolph Club.
During the 1992, 1996, and 2000 presidential elections, Raimondo supported the campaigns of Pat Buchanan, both as a Republican and in the Reform Party. In 1998, during the Clinton administration's war in Kosovo, Raimondo and Garris launched Antiwar.Com to provide a platform for their opposition. The site has continued to publish regular columns. Raimondo has been one of the most vocal critics of the invasion of Iraq and the ongoing U.S.-led occupation of Iraq.
He is also an adjunct scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
Raimondo is the author of several books, including:
- Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement, Center for Libertarian Studies, June 1993. ISBN 1883959004
- An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard, Prometheus Books, July, 2000. ISBN 1573928097