In For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, Rothbard proposes a once-and-for-all escape from the two major political parties, the ideologies they embrace, and their central plans for using state power against people. Libertarianism is Rothbard's radical alternative that says state power is unworkable and immoral, and ought to be curbed and finally overthrown. To make his case, Rothbard deploys his entire system of thought: natural law, natural rights, Austrian economics, American history, the theory of the state, and more. Society without the nation-state? Rothbard shows that this is the way for peace, prosperity, security, and freedom for all. In the entire history of libertarian ideas, no book has more successfully combined ideological rigor, theoretical exposition, political rhetoric, historical illustration, and strategic acumen.
Rothbard poured a lifetime of research and all his intellectual energy into this project, and he succeeded in writing a classic. He shows that the state creates social and economic problems and then further intervenes to make these problems worse than ever - while increasing its power at the expense of everyone else. He is particularly good at highlighting who really benefits from government regulation: usually it is the largest corporations who are attempting to rig the game in their favor. The book is still regarded as "dangerous" percisely because, once the exposure to Rothbardianism takes place, no other book on politics, economics, history, or sociology can be read the same way again.
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I'm a Ron Paul Libertarian but this is a good listen for anyone wanting to know more about libertarian beliefs. It was first written in 1978 so some material is old but it all still apply today.
While I don't agree with 100% of the material, I do agree with almost all of it. What I like most is the fluid way in which the author links all of the seemingly disparate subjects and underlies the libertarian argument with principal rather than prescription. Highly recommend if you are interested in something other than Right vs Left, Conservative vs Liberal, or Republican vs Democrat. Both political parties are just 2 breed of fox trying to raid the hen house...the end result is the same. They only differ (slightly) in their methods.
The discussion of how property rights actually underscore most human and civil rights. A thorough grasp of this concept would fundamentally change almost any society.
I do disagree with the author on the point of abortion. The author seems to have a made a logical jump in his presupposition, which seems preposterous if you spell it out, but the author does not address it. Actually, coverage of the subject is quite brief, which may be best as I didn't agree. Nonetheless, the author appears genuine in his reasoning and motivations.
This was a good libertarian book. I also like Liberty Defined by Ron Paul as it is more up to date same ideas though.
This book offers up a crystal clear picture of philosophical libertarianism taken to its logical extreme. Rothbard does not shy away from offering up a treatise on the full implications of the philosophy of liberty and the voluntary society it advocates.
Excellent primer on modern libertarianism. I highly recommend this I'd you want to get your head around what libertarianism actually is.
It's hard to argue against your own personal liberty. This author puts just about every aspect of what complete Liberty, I mean personal independence in an environment of completely cooperative neighbors, can should be. It's self sustainable, un-polluting, & crime free on every level, it grows in personal luxury, health, & beauty...With less effort more can be achieved & once again America can be the place that people hope to get to one day. Thank You
Great book that I wish all students (high school) had to read before graduating. It offers truths that most do not realize about our society and economy and for that matter SHOULD know. The only downside is toward the end of the book where the author starts to loose most people. Its as if he turns the book into a rant where the first half is unquestionable, informative and intriguing. My in-laws read it after me and said the same thing...
Absolutely! I can not believe that most of us have no idea how our founding fathers thought and how far we've come away from the ideas that our founders had in mind.
I would, but I'm not sure I would rate Riggenbach as a good narrator. He is pretty dry.
How inflation is actually manipulated now. Not in the printing of money anymore which is what most believe (I included) prior to reading this book.
I am convinced after the reading of this book that I am a true Libertarian.
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