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  • Hardcover: 471 pages
  • Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute (December 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945466382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945466383
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., is the founder and president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

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Anyone who has read the book won't disagree.
Karl Reiss
There are a lot of great thinkers out there on Libertarian subjects, but Lew Rockwell is in a class of his own when it comes to writing.
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Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard were not only great theoretical economists, but also excellent popularizers.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Steve Jackson on March 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard were not only great theoretical economists, but also excellent popularizers. In particular, von Mises hasn't received the credit he deserves for his outstanding popular presentations of the case for individual freedom. Their work is continued today by Llewellyn Rockwell, the founder of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
The Institute has published this collection of Rockwell's speeches in which Rockwell brilliantly makes the case for free enterprise and individual freedom. Rockwell has a knack for taking an insight of Mises's or Rothbard's and applying it to current events. For example, why is the Federal Reserve only criticized when it raises interest rates? If politicians were truly concerned about the economy, they would worry about the Fed lowering interest rates and creating artificial booms. There is a particularly powerful chapter concerning the negative effects of "civil rights" (anti-discrimination) laws and how such laws impede individual freedom and probably don't do much to help their intended beneficiaries (although they always increase the power of the state). Rockwell is prescient as well. He pointed out in the 90s that the "new era" boom couldn't continue, and when I was reading his 1998 article on Iraq I almost forgot that he was writing about Clinton and not George W. Bush. One of the best chapters concerns the presidency. Rockwell shows that both the left and the neocon "right" embrace the imperial presidency with almost equal enthusiasm.
SPEAKING OF LIBERTY also contains two interviews with Rockwell. He explains the rise of the modern libertarian movement and its relationship to conservatism (although I don't think he is completely fair to Russell Kirk). The bibliography, which contains a list of recommended books on liberty (not a few of which I've reviewed), is also excellent.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Greg Perry on March 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Too many good people get tired of what's happening and they run full-force to the Republican party. The only problem with that is that they ran right into the enemy. (If they ran into the Dumbocrats, they would also be running into the enemy.)
Such folks (I was one at one time, but fortunately, we get wiser with age) wonder why the answers aren't there that should be.
It's because the answers are not found in either party because neither party understands liberty. Lew Rockwell understands liberty.
This is not a book you should buy yourself... no, this is a book you should buy yourself AND your neighbors AND your relatives AND and every congressman who lies to you at every election. If "Speaking of Liberty" sounds like some policy-wonk book, you have been jaded by all the other policy-wonk books out there (and there are far too many). If you want to ENJOY as you learn about freedom in our post-free nation, you owe it to yourself to click RIGHT NOW and buy this book and several extra copies.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alexander E. Paulsen on May 19, 2004
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I guess I am out of kilter here as my review is a book review of a book I have actually read. I suppose it is fashionable to use the review section to offer commentary about something the writer is admittedly ignorant of. I find that is also true that some anonymous "readers" also like to use this space to review other reviewers from the same position of ignorance.
I'm not sure what about my review led said anonymous "reader" to make assumptions and this reader would probably be surprised to learn that this reviewer happens to have combat experience and is not likely to rejoice is the death or injury of anyone much less one of my grandchildren.
In fact those soldiers are not statists, just brave young people who volunteered to defend this country as I did, and were duped as I was. I cry for every one who doesn't come home. I have to, I have know way too many of them.
In fact this reviewer was pubic educated but at a time before the schools engaged in wholesale brainwashing. These were more innocent times I suppose.
I guess I have little patience with REMF's and chickenhawks willing to send others to die for politics yet not willing to do the same themselves. This assesement includes the current comander in chief ( who hid out in Texas - safely far away from the Ho Chi Minh trail ), the defense secretary and assorted flunkies, the vice commander and just about everyone else in the adminstration.
I stand by my opinion that anyone who thinks this book and Lew Rockwell are in any way anti American and that one who thinks so is either ignorant from the non-exposure to real history versus PC nonsense or has drank the Kool Aid.
Again, this book celebrates the REAL America. It is sad commentary that too few people recognize it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David Muir on March 23, 2004
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This book deserves a wide audience. It is lucidly written and cogently communicates a political and economic message which contains the solution to so many of today's problems.Lew Rockwell understands that true conservatism embraces the civilizing influences of the family, the market and the church, but rejects, as treacherous and corrosive, the phony patriotism and warmongering of so-called conservatives in politics and the media. Indeed one of the most important passages in the book reads, "Big government abroad is incompatible with small government at home. To the extent we cheer war, we are cheering domestic socialism and our own eventual destruction as a civilization."The author points out that the answer doesn't lie in electing the correct candidate to office, but rather it lies in de-sanctifying the office itself. He also makes the important point that libertarianism and cultural conservatism are symbiotic, not antagonistic. On economic matters, Mr Rockwell explains that it is a gold standard, not Greenspan, that free-marketeers should cherish.The author refers many times to the courage of Ludwig von Mises, who held uncompromisingly to laissez faire at a time when the world was turning towards collectivism, and Murray Rothbard, who faced the opposition of "beltway" libertarians and conservatives. The steadfastness which these two men demonstrated should be an inspiration to all friends of liberty.Theirs may have been a lonely path, but it is certainly the brightest path; the path that holds the greatest promise.
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