- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: NYU Press (February 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814775594
- ISBN-13: 978-0814775592
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ethics of Liberty
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"This penetrating and thoughtful work confronts the challenges, conflicts, and opportunities in the fragile coalitions that compose the welfare rights movement today. Written with fidelity to the cause and an empirical eye, Ernst demonstrates how the false construction of a 'post-racial' America warps the discourse and activities of welfare rights organizers. A passionately written text that brings these women and this movement to life, The Price of Progressive Politics analyzes the welfare rights movement from within and without using the intersectional lens of race, ethnicity, and class. This timely, fascinating, and intricate book moves forward our understanding of colorblindness and intersectionality."
-Andrea Y. Simpson, author of "The Tie That Binds: Identity and Political Attitudes in the Post-Civil Rights Generation"
"In this important and courageous book, Rose Ernst shows how the discourse of colorblindness limits the progressive possibilities of the welfare rights movement. One must know the monster one is fighting if one wishes to slay it 'for real.' Otherwise, as Ernst's data demonstrates, one ends up feeding the monster. Bravo for a job well done!"
-Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, author of "Racism without Racists: Color-BlindRacism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America"
"Ernst has provided an amazing window into contemporary welfare organizing and the challenges faced in a political context that urges unitary rather than intersectional frames of social justice. Without a doubt she has provided an important book relevant to scholars and welfare organizers alike."
-Ange-Marie Hancock, author of "The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the 'Welfare Queen'"
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-Sanford Schram, author of "Welfare Discipline: Discourse, Governance and Globalization"
-D. R. Imig, "Choice Magazine"
About the Author
The author of numerous books, the late Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) was the S. J. Hall Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Academic Vice President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
Hans-Hermann Hoppe is Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Top Customer Reviews
"let us imagine a murder victim who has no heir or whose legacy is repudiated. Is his death to go unpunished? And what if the heir is the murderer? I'm sure that Rothbard had a answer for that, but it is not in this book."
Well, Rothbard is no omniscient, nor is anyone else; furthermore, he can't answer every possible question in one book. In reality, no-one knows exactly how the free market would provide various services in the absence of any form of a State, but Rothbard makes likely predictions. In the case that a victim has no heirs, it is presumed that anyone who was close to the victim would be able to demand justice in a private court, on his behalf. Furthermore, the victim's insurance policy against crime might mandate that, should he be murdered, the murderer be found; his lawyer would be responsible for making sure that happens after his death. Finally, all crimes must occur in place. Rothbard says that various streets and buildings would have private police, employed by the owners. It would be in the owners best interest to see that crimes committed on his or her property go punished, so as to discourage that.
Furthermore, another reviewer has remarked that it is possible to have a government of minimal function that does not inflate the money supply. This displays extreme ignorance of history, and naivete. That's exactly what our founding father's tried to do: and it was a failure from the start. The past 300 years have shown us that any government at all, no matter how small it starts, no matter the "constitutional restrictions", will grow and grow and grow until all liberty is crushed under the boot of tyranny.Read more ›
This work is probably the best discussion of libertarian philosophy from an anarcho-capitalist perspective. In addition, Rothbard develops a theory based on natural law, thus distancing himself from other strands of libertarian thought.
The book is particularly comprehensive. Starting with a discussion of natural law, Rothbard turns to practical issues such as voluntary exchange, contracts, and the rights of children. He then discusses the concept of the state. He ends the work with discussions of different approaches to rights and a strategy for advancing liberty. The comprehensive nature of the work is also its greatest weakness. Rothbard discusses too many subjects in too few pages. For example, the difficult question of the rights of children takes all of 15 pages. Yet there is no more difficult question for any theory of rights than that question.
Rothbard's discussion of the rights of children is emblematic of the weakness and at times superficial nature of this work. Take Rothbard's discussion of when the parents' "jurisdiction" over a child ends. He states: "Surely, any particular age (21, 18, or whatever) can only be completely arbitrary. The clue to the solution to this thorny question lies in the parental property rights in their home. For the child has his FULL rights of self-ownership WHEN HE DEMONSTRATES THAT HE HAS THEM IN NATURE-in short when he leaves or `runs away' from home." [p. 103; emphasis in the original.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Essential for anyone who wishes to understand real individual freedom and liberty.Published 8 days ago by freedom4all
Rothbard provides a few interesting crumbs to nibble on and understandably opposes excess State control, but he’ll serve no meals for the philosophically hungry. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brett Williams
Rothbard was an amazing and intelligent man. Rothbard's logic is very consistent, something rare in this day and age where our economy is ruled by Keynesian supporters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shqiponja
I have debated hundreds of liberals from Stanford and Berkley economist, to top lawyers using Rothbard logic and I have completely obliterate them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason
It would not be a stretch to say that this book was instrumental in shaping my values as a young man in college. Rothbard's Ethics of Liberty is intelligent and bold. Read morePublished 17 months ago by TDB
Fairly comprehensive and thought provocative. A libertarian classic.Published 17 months ago by Mattias Olsson
A must read for any libertarian, AnCap, or fan of Rothbard. I would recommend Rothbard in general but the libs and cons aren't very tolerant of ideas that expose their moral... Read morePublished 19 months ago by D. Cole