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Rothbard also maps out a strategy for achieving liberty, delving into ethics, tactics, education, abolitionism vs. gradualism, historical antecedents, and other crucial but generally neglected points. For A New Liberty ends on an upbeat, inspiring note, as Rothbard explains why he believes liberty will ultimately triumph over the forces of statism and collectivism.
For A New Liberty gives the reader the invigorating feeling of contact with a truly original, razor-sharp mind. It's a seminal work, rich in insights and novel arguments. And it's written in a lively, vigorous style that makes most other political writing seem dreadfully dull and stodgy by comparison.
How important is For A New Liberty? Let's put it this way: every serious libertarian--indeed, anyone who is at all interested in libertarianism--must be familiar with this book. It is that essential. If a copy of For A New Liberty--preferably worn with wear from repeated readings--is not on your bookshelf, or your friends' bookshelves, remedy that grave omission now. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For A New Liberty is Rothbard's introduction to libertarianism, his Libertarian Manifesto. It is Rothbard in top form--a libertarian classic that for more than two decades has been hailed as the best general work on libertarianism available.
For a start, For A New Liberty is an exciting, exhilarating read. It begins with a fast overview of the historical roots of libertarianism: the Levelers, John Locke, classical liberalism, the American Revolution, and so on. Rothbard packs an extraordinary amount of history in a few pages, and establishes libertarianism as the current, and most rigorous and consistent, manifestation of a centuries-long drive for personal and economic liberty.
Rothbard then defines libertarianism. It rest, he tell us, "upon one single axiom: that no man or group of men shall aggress upon the person or property of anyone else." Having made the philosophical case for liberty, Rothbard--in one of the book's most powerful chapters--turns to a withering critique of the chief violator of liberty: the State. It is a breath-taking, impassioned demolition job. We see that not only is the emperor naked--he is a murder, tyrant, brigand, liar, and bungler.
Rothbard devotes the lengthiest section of For A New Liberty to showing how the free market and voluntary human action can do a far more efficient and fair job of supplying all the worthwhile services we have been told only government can provide. He provides penetrating libertarian solutions for many of today's most pressing problems, including pollution, poverty, war, threats to civil liberties, the education crisis, and others.
Libertarians are forever faced with a barrage of questions for the unconverted: What about roads? What about the poor? What about--ad infinitum. Here are tough, succinct, innovative, and convincing answers. -- James W. Harris --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Rothbard will make you reconsider your thoughts on these questions if you read this book with an open mind.
The most important and most amazing parts of his book are how he explains most of the aggression and economic woes that we're experiencing today.
Among all the available introductions to libertarian thought, I think Murray Rothbard's _For a New Liberty_ is the best.
Quite amazes me that, there's isn't a really good book out there that simplify such of prestige term, Liberty. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Thomas Vicente Berti
The single best writing on libertarian ideas I have ever read. You very quickly see the immediate flaws and holes in a minarchist position. Rothbard is nothing short of genius.Published 1 month ago by Gasbandit
Amazing read. While I personally do not cling to the "Gospel" of Rothbard as most his fans do, I can credit him and this text as being the single piece of work that pushed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by KoalaFace
All of us did things when we were young that we later came to regret. When I was 22, I read this book, and now there's no way I can un-read it.Published 1 month ago by J. LAWSON
At first daunting-looking by its size, this book by the late Murray Rothbard grabs you by the throat, rearranges your patriotic preconceptions, educates you in the true meaning of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Remo Williams
This is such an inspiring, well-thought out, thought-provoking, convincing piece of work. I do not agree with his conclusion about abortion, but everything else is hands down spot... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ray
Eleanor Roosevelt used to say "small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas". Well this book most definitely discusses ideas. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Serban
A poorly referenced 14.6 hour rhetorical polemic rant of unqualified pontifications without bibliographic references and few facts beyond a few interesting statements here and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrew Stergiou
In my very personal opinion Murray Rothbard is one of the brightest, sharpest minds humanity has had the fortune to contemplate. He died only a few years ago, in 1995. Read morePublished 6 months ago by welovecorgies