Consider that this is only possible due to negotiations that the Mises Institute made with the original publisher, who had locked up this important set of books behind the prison of intellectual property. The book could not appear online, and could not even be published at a reasonable price. We managed to break through one barrier at a time, and only with the help of a generous donor, and now you see the fruits, which are hard won.
My own impression is that the previous prison-like state of this book ended up distorting people’s impressions of what Rothbard was doing in his last decade, so that his public and popular writings ended up overshadowing the serious work – simply for the reason that the popular material has been accessible whereas the research in the history of ideas has not been accessible. We can hope that the wide distribution of this writing and so much more that is coming out in the future will help to balance out the scales. Encyclopedia entries of the future might read differently after this series is completed.
If you have never done HTML work on these kinds of articles, it is good to consider just how much time and energy is associated with the initial appearance of these articles online. The text has to be scanned and then exported to text and fully proofed against the original. Then to create the gorgeous display here, complete with working footnotes and callouts and images, takes both time and talent on the part of editors and code workers. Even then, there are always later corrections and tweaks necessary to create these canonical versions.
I mention this because sometimes it is all-too-easy to look at the final product and think, “great, what’s next?” rather than reflect on the huge investment of resources that are necessary to make this all happen. There is Rothbard’s massive program of reading and writing, there was the initial publication, then the rights negotiations and expenditures, the scanning, the preparation, and all the way to the end. It is a very long structure of production here. The result is magnificent but extremely costly. Let us be appreciative of everyone involved at every step and especially of Rothbard’s own intellectual work here that now achieves universal distribution for the ages.