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Speaking of Liberty Hardcover – December, 2003
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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I had no idea how much false information and propaganda I had entrenched in my way of thinking about economics. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mary Fitzgerald
Mr. Rockwell has a true understanding of liberty. Well written and easy to understand.Published 22 months ago by Ralph
As we steadily lose all the rights guaranteed us in the Bill of Rights and we totally lose the concept of Liberty in this nation dedicated to individual liberty, you should read... Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by WSV1975
This is a graceful introduction to libertarianism written by one of its foremost proponents.
Deserves to be widely read.
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. Read morePublished on April 3, 2007 by HGR
The Libertarian movement has to be one of the most misunderstood and much-maligned schools of political thought in America today. Read morePublished on February 6, 2006 by Karl Reiss
I am not an economist. In fact, I hold these guys in low esteem. But I stumbled across 'Speaking of Liberty' when searching for references to 'Globalisation' and 'Free Trade'. Read morePublished on August 17, 2005 by R. H. Brandt