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For a New Liberty

For a New Liberty

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by Murray N. Rothbard

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alexpeakdotcom More than 1 year ago
Murray N. Rothbard--who, in his day, was often referred to as "Mr. Libertarian"--was a libertarian who took his radical philosophy to its logical conclusion and arrived at the view that even a limited government was unnecessary and destructive to liberty. While not all libertarians are as radical as Rothbard was, all libertarians should be able to recognise that Rothbard was an immense benefit to, and indeed catalyst of, the modern libertarian movement. Rothbard is one of the five main persons of interest covered by Brian Doherty in his history of the libertarian movement, <i>Radicals for Capitalism</i>. Dr. Rothbard is my favourite philosopher and scholar. And this book, originally written in 1973, was his manifesto. In it, he presents not only his political philosophy, based on natural law theory, but also a brief history of libertarianism in America, as well as explanations of economic theory. Still, I feel like I'm selling the book short; there is so much wisdom in these pages. I would obviously recommend this book to every libertarian, whether she be a minarchist or anarchist. I believe even minarchists can appreciate the value of this book, and its historical significance to the libertarian movement, even if they are not immediately won over by every detail of every idea presented. But even if you already are an individualist anarchist, but have not yet read or own this book, I would still recommend it, if for no other reason, its historical value. I would also recommend this book to all students of political science and political philosophy. Rothbard is the most radical of the five figures covered by Doherty's book, and his philosophy, I believe, be justly called the heart and soul of libertarianism. Moreover, I regard him to be one of the most important figures of the 20th century, with only Einstein and various despotic politicians exceeding him. Indeed, Dr. Rothbard's scholarship covered a broad array of subjects, from Austrian economics to history of colonial America, and his influence has only exponentially increased since his passing. If you are interested in political philosophy and the history of political thought, <i>For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto</i> is one of the books you should add to your shelf. It's a perfect introduction to Rothbard, and a damn good introduction to libertarianism itself.