Libertarianism: A Primer

“Libertarianism: A Primer is a bracing shot of 100-proof libertarianism guaranteed to render mute the last defenders of big, paternalistic government. With plain-spoken eloquence, David Boaz unveils a vision of America that has at its core an abiding respect for personal liberty and freedom writ large.” —WILLIAM F. WELD, MASSACHUSETTS “America is a country full of people who […]

Free to Choose

INTRODUCTION Ever since the first settlement of Europeans in the New World America has been a magnet for people seeking adventure, fleeing from tyranny, or simply trying to make a better life for themselves and their children. An initial trickle swelled after the American Revolution and the establishment of the United States of America and became a flood in the […]

Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War

Preface In dealing with the problems of social and economic policies, the social sciences consider only one question: whether the measures suggested are really suited to bringing about the effects sought by their authors, or whether they result in a state of affairs which—from the viewpoint of their supporters —is even more undesirable than the previous state which it was […]

A Critique of Interventionism

FOREWORD My husband wrote the essays in this book in the early 1920s, more than fifty years ago. They were collected and published as an anthology in 1929 by Gustav Fischer, formerly in Jena, now in Stuttgart, under the title Kritik des Interventionismus. Although these articles deal with the economic problems of that day, the same problems are still […]

Bureaucracy

PREFACE THE main issue in present-day social and political conflicts is whether or not man should give away freedom, private initiative, and individual responsibility and surrender to the guardianship of a gigantic apparatus of compulsion and coercion, the socialist state. Should authoritarian totalitarianism be substituted for individualism and democracy? Should the citizen be transformed into a subject, a subordinate in an […]

NATIONS BY CONSENT

NATIONS BY CONSENT: DECOMPOSING THE NATION-STATE Murray N. Rothbard Murray N. Rothbard is S.J. Hall Distinguished Professor of economics a the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. An earlier version of this paper was delivered at the Regional Meetings of the Mont Pelerin Society, Rio de Janeiro, September 1993. JOURNAL OF LIBERTARIAN STUDIES 11:l IF/\LL 19841: 1-10. el994 […]

War Collectivism

War Collectivism: Power, Business, and the Intellectual Class in World War I   More than any other single period, World War I was the critical watershed for the American business system. It was a “war collectivism,” a totally planned economy run largely by big-business interest through the instrumentality of the central government, which served as […]