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.
I am a Christian young man who loves to listen to audiobooks at work.
It opened up my eyes to some key issues in America today. I had never considered taxation in the way Murray Rothbard describes it. He explains how certain government policies violate our freedoms and why. He is very convincing at times. Sometimes he is not, like when he discusses the court system and how it could be done away with (I disagree with him on this point), but this book really causes you to think about some of the things you believe.
I started reading this book as a Tea Party conservative, and now am more libertarian because of it.
Explanations for anarchy
I disagreed with his viewpoint on Abortion, I agree with his proteges, Ron Paul and Judge Napolitano, that life begins at conception and that an unborn child has rights that are protected by the 14th amendment.
Sure. I always prefer listening to someone read me a book...
Wes Bertrand's Complete Liberty (the audiobook of which is free at the site which shares the book's name). Rothbard's is a more comprehensive text.
This book is well reasoned and easily understandable. It's consistent and well read. The reader speaks clearly and in a consistent tone. I would recommend this book to any lover of liberty or is interested in learning about Libertarianism.
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