There are many varieties of libertarianism alive in the world today, but Rothbardianism remains the center of its intellectual gravity, its primary muse and conscience, its strategic and moral core, and the focal point of debate even
when its name is not acknowledged. The reason is that Murray Rothbard was the creator of modern libertarianism, a political-ideological system that proposes a once-and-for-all escape from the trappings of left and right and their central
plans for how state power should be used. Libertarianism is the radical alternative that says state power is unworkable and immoral.
“Mr. Libertarian,” Murray N. Rothbard was called, and “The State’s Greatest Living Enemy.” He remains so. Yes, he had many predecessors from whom he drew: the whole of the classical-liberal tradition, the Austrian economists, the American
antiwar tradition, and the natural-rights tradition. But it was he who put all these pieces together into a unified system that seems implausible at first but inevitable once it has been defined and defended by Rothbard. The individual pieces of the system are straightforward (self-ownership, strict property rights, free markets, antistate in every conceivable respect) but the implications are earthshaking.
Once you are exposed to the complete picture—and For a New Liberty has been the leading means of exposure for more than a quarter of a century—you cannot forget it. It becomes the indispensable lens through which we can see events in the real world with the greatest possible clarity.
More from Murray Rothbard
- Just War
- War, Peace, and the State
- America’s Great Depression
- The Ethics of Liberty
- Man, Economy, and State
- Betrayal of the American Right
- The Anatomy of the State
- Society Without a State
- A Biography of Murray Rothbard
- A Biography of A.R.J. Turgot
- A Biography of Adam Smith
- NATIONS BY CONSENT
- War Collectivism
- Conceived in Liberty
- The New Left, RIP
- Do You Hate the State?
- Who Owns Water?
- Outlawing Jobs
- The Fallacy of the ‘Public Sector’
- Repudiating the National Debt
- Vices Are Not Crimes
- The Health Plan’s Devilish Principles
- How to Think Like an Economist
- The Truth About Taxes
- Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure
- The New Boston Tea Party
- The Meaning Of Revolution
- The Nixon Administration: Creeping Cornuellism
- A Fable for Our Times By One of the Unreconstructed