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Tributes to Rothbard in The Freeman

January 15, 2010 by

Sheldon Richman writes of his deep debt to the work of Murray Rothbard, fifteen years after his death. He is “one of the great natural-law libertarian figures in history and an indefatigable advocate/elaborator of Misesian (Austrian) economics in method and substance.” See also Steven Horwitz who says he “was not just brilliant and funny but also very gracious to a group of graduate students who were already known to be somewhat critical of aspects of his economics. He autographed books for us, and I still treasure those copies. His personal magnetism was a big part of his ability to persuade so many people to the cause of liberty.”


Bruce Koerber January 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Murray Rothbard deserves every tribute. He was a rare individual and to not recognize his unique qualities (and how truly unique those qualities are) is one sure piece of evidence that independent investigation of truth is not fully operating. Those who have dug for the truth and turned over rocks in their search for truth will find his wisdom and will recognize it.

Miguel January 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm


newson January 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm

horwitz hasn’t spared rothbard withering criticism in so far as his monetary economics goes. but we won’t start that war again..

Karmaisking January 16, 2010 at 1:02 am

Spot on, newson.

I don’t know why Horwitz would treasure Rothbard’s signature on “The Mystery of Banking” or “What Has Govt Done to Our Money” or “Taking Money Back”.

Kerem Tibuk January 16, 2010 at 5:03 am

Haven’t you heard?

Natural rights ethics or natural rights libertarianism is dead. It died with Rothbard.

We instead have Hoppe’s amateur Kantianism here in Mises Inst.

Thus the new thing is IP socialism.

Bruce Koerber January 16, 2010 at 7:21 am

I see no evidence that natural rights ethics is dead.

Jeremy January 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I see no evidence either. Walter Block and others have contributed to Rothbard’s natural rights position and continue to advance it. That said, why is it so bad to work within the Kantian framework? If it reaches people and spurs them to the cause of Liberty, I’m willing to set epistemology and metaphysics aside (temporarily) rather than let them divide us.

Kerem Tibuk January 17, 2010 at 3:58 am

“If it reaches people and spurs them to the cause of Liberty, I’m willing to set epistemology and metaphysics aside (temporarily) rather than let them divide us.”

Fine. But then why a tribute to Rothbard’s natural rights libertarianism?

Also the one person who seems to tell ehat libertarianism most is Kinsella (hence Mr. Libertarian at least here on this site) and he bases his libertarianism not on natural rights but argumentation ethics.

Also Walter Block has some very good applications but he mostly stays on the edges and he disregards basics when he denounces the Lockean/Rothbardian property theory when he supports abolition of property rights regarding intellectual products.

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