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Murray Rothbard Channeled by Karl Mollison 29Aug2021

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Rothbard

Murray Newton Rothbard March 2, 1926 – January 7, 1995 was an American heterodox economist of the Austrian School, economic historian and political theorist.

Rothbard was a founder and leading theoretician of anarcho-capitalism, a staunch advocate of historical revisionism and a central figure in the 20th-century American libertarian movement.

He wrote over twenty books on political theory, revisionist history, economics, and other subjects.

Rothbard argued that all services provided by the “monopoly system of the corporate state” could be provided more efficiently by the private sector and wrote that the state is “the organization of robbery systematized and writ large”.

He called fractional-reserve banking a form of fraud and opposed central banking. 

He categorically opposed all military, political, and economic interventionism in the affairs of other nations. 

According to his protégé Hans-Hermann Hoppe, “[t]here would be no anarcho-capitalist movement to speak of without Rothbard”.

Libertarian economist Jeffrey Herbener, who calls Rothbard his friend and “intellectual mentor”, wrote that Rothbard received “only ostracism” from mainstream academia. 

In 1953, Rothbard married JoAnn Beatrice Schumacher whom he called Joey, in New York City. JoAnn was a historian and was Rothbard’s personal editor and a close adviser as well as hostess of his Rothbard Salon. They enjoyed a loving marriage and Rothbard often called her “the indispensable framework” of his life and achievements.

Rothbard rejected mainstream economic methodologies and instead embraced the praxeology of his most important intellectual precursor, Ludwig von Mises.

A list of some of his books:

  • Man, Economy, and State
  • The Panic of 1819: Reactions and Policies
  • America’s Great Depression
  • Power and Market: Government and the Economy
  • For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
  • The Essential von Mises
  • Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays
  • Conceived in Liberty
  • The Logic of Action
  • The Ethics of Liberty
  • The Mystery of Banking
  • The Case Against the Fed
  • America’s Great Depression
  • An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought
  • Making Economic Sense
  • The Betrayal of the American Right

To promote his economic and political ideas, Rothbard joined Lew Rockwell and Burton Blumert in 1982 to establish the Mises Institute in Alabama.

Rothbard died of a heart attack on January 7, 1995, at the age of 68. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Unionville, Virginia.