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The Ethics of Liberty (edition 2003)

by Murray N. Rothbard, Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Introduction)

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This was my favorite of the books I read for my capitolo-anarchist symposium. Rothbard is considered very weak, almost a dandy of the field, but for a bleeding heart libertarian, he's the closest they get to me. ( )
  ewalrath | Jul 18, 2009 |
The book is a collection of topical essays, organized or presented in five parts. The first three parts deliver Rothbard's views on natural law, on various topics or ethical issues related to society, and on a review of what he sees as governmental errors. The forth part is a review of certain practitioners and literature in which he reports what he calls the shortcomings of Hayek, Isaiah Berlin, von Mises and Nozick. The last part presents some (now dated) views of current events (60s and 70s) that could encourage a libertarian to work toward the expansion of liberty.

Much of the material and examples are reprises of things he has also presented in other volumes, but they are well written, and if considered alone support his well-earned reputation as an outstanding intellectual supporter of a general ‘libertarian’ position. The surprise to me was that considering his positions as a whole does not seem to lead to libertarianism, but to anarchy or anarcho-caopiatlism as a desired state. If you are into any study of governments and their role in supporting individual liberty, the subjects and reasoning presented are well worth your time. ( )
  ServusLibri | Sep 11, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0814775594, Paperback)

In recent years, libertarian impulses have increasingly influenced national and economic debates, from welfare reform to efforts to curtail affirmative action. Murray N. Rothbard's classic The Ethics of Liberty stands as one of the most rigorous and philosophically sophisticated expositions of the libertarian political position.

What distinguishes Rothbard's book is the manner in which it roots the case for freedom in the concept of natural rights and applies it to a host of practical problems. An economist by profession, Rothbard here proves himself equally at home with philosophy. And while his conclusions are radical—that a social order that strictly adheres to the rights of private property must exclude the institutionalized violence inherent in the state—his applications of libertarian principles prove surprisingly practical for a host of social dilemmas, solutions to which have eluded alternative traditions.

The Ethics of Liberty authoritatively established the anarcho-capitalist economic system as the most viable and the only principled option for a social order based on freedom. This edition is newly indexed and includes a new introduction that takes special note of the Robert Nozick-Rothbard controversies.

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