Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature, and Other Essays

Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature, and Other Essays

by Murray N. Rothbard

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All evidence points to the superiority of the libertarian ideal—private property, capitalism, international trade, laissez-faire—but something is keeping the world from embracing it. That something is wrong-headed ideology, some philosophical error grown into a massive system of thought, an agenda that if unleashed would mutilate and crush civilization as we know it.

Murray Rothbard had a nose for such error. And when he smelled it, he wrote it up, exposed its underside, refuted its logic, and obliterated its intellectual foundation. That's why he was so hated—and so loved. He is so relentless that it makes the reader squirm. But he also teaches and inspires.

Consider, for example, "anarcho-socialism." Here is an ideology that hates the state. Fine so far. Problem: it is an ideology that hates private property even more. In fact, these people believe that the state is the only reason private property exists.

With all the political books out there, each with a partisan spin, it's wonderful to read a thinker who doesn't fear exposing the errors of left and right, measuring anyone and everyone against the great benchmark of the idea of liberty.

The sixteen essays included in this volume are:

Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature
Left and Right: The Prospects for Liberty
The Anatomy of the State
Justice and Property Rights
War, Peace, and the State
The Fallacy of the Public Sector
Kid Lib
The Great Women's Liberation Issue: Setting it Straight
Conservation in the Free Market
The Meaning of Revolution
National Liberation
The Spooner-Tucker Doctrine: An Economist's View
Ludwig von Mises and the Paradigm for Our Age
Why Be Libertarian?
Freedom, Inequality, Primitivism, and the Division of Labor

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015645378
Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 321
Sales rank: 927,835
File size: 998 KB

About the Author

Murray N. Rothbard (1926–1995) was dean of the Austrian School. He was an economist, economic historian, and libertarian political philosopher.

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This collection of 16 essays presents a strong libertarian view on a range of topics. All are centered around politics, ecenomics, rights, justice, and the central and title essay. Originally written in 1971, some of the 'current event' refernces are dated, but Rothbard's thought is as clear as ever. The last essay was updated in 1991.Although the book was hailed as a major libertarian statement, I find almost a strong (but lesser stated) case for anarchism or anacho-capitalism. For eaither view, I recommend reading and thuinking aboiut the topics presented.