Your audiobook is waiting…

Anatomy of the State

Narrated by: John Riddle
Length: 57 mins
5 out of 5 stars (160 ratings)
Regular price: $3.95
$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Murray Rothbard was known as the state's greatest living enemy, and this book is his most powerful statement on the topic. He explains what a state is and what it is not. He shows how it is an institution that violates all that we hold as honest and moral, and how it operates under a false cover. He shows how the state wrecks freedom, destroys civilization, and threatens all lives and property and social wellbeing, all under the veneer of "good intentions".

©2017 BN Publishing (P)2017 BN Publishing

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    134
  • 4 Stars
    15
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    96
  • 4 Stars
    30
  • 3 Stars
    16
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    2

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    121
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Little did I know....

I knew of this book as the "an-cap treatise", but had just gotten around to listening to it. In one hour this book systematically obliterates the core beliefs in the government. I liken it to a man who demolishes a brick wall, one brick at a time, with a sledge hammer. The pace would make you think it was blind rage when in reality it was deft skill. There is no fat here and I would not say its verbose in any way. To think that most people will never even know this book exists is a bit saddening. Given the government we have and the so called "#resist" groups, you'd think this book would be somewhere on their radar... Given its length and potency I'd say this is a fantastic entry point into political theory. Next up is either Democracy: The God That Failed or The Sovereign Individual. Now pardon me, I've got some proselytizing to do!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Required reading

Everyone everywhere should read Anatomy of the State to understand the full nature of government and what it is.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome book, awesome narrator

It's rare you get a good narrator for a Rothbard book. Riddle does a great job, leagues ahead of Jeff Riggenbach

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

This book makes you rethink a few things

Very unique approach to the concept of a state. he offers some valid arguments. I highly recomend.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

interesting

I liked the book good information makes you think. I'll be listening again in a little while.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome Work!!!!

Wonderful work. Great Narrator and sober sound writing. Great sound and pacing. Keep it up!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

a short Rothbard

This has been a good, uncharacteristicly short, Murray Rothbard work.

If you are looking for an alternative view to a centralized power state, Rothbard is your guy.

Even though I am well versed in political theory and application, Rothbard is a fresh, incisive mind that poses concepts not considered by most people. These concepts are pro liberty, pro peace, and anti compulsion.

If this sounds like an interesting set attributes, then start reading Rothbard.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

excellent must read for liberty

all of the cato institute, mises institute, rothbard, and great economists and libertarian thinker's books ought to be consumed by everyone!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

This should be a red pill text book

I don’t agree with everything but he gets so much packed into this little book. I’m recommending

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Against State Power

Fantastic starting point for Libertarians to dive into Rothbard. While the narrator is okay, the content is magnificent and makes up for it. I recommend reading it twice to fully take in the important yet briefly stated arguments. I will also recommend The Law by Bastiat as a book to read next. Both make great points and strong arguments. A must read for all people who love liberty!

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-17

A highly informative book.

A great explanation of how the state is self perpetuating through coercion and enslavement of its citizens.