Book – The Origins of the Federal Reserve

Where did this thing called the Fed come from? Murray Rothbard has the answer here – in phenomenal detail that will make your head spin. In one extended essay, one that reads like a detective story, he has put together the most comprehensive and fascinating account based on a century’s accumulation of scholarship.

Available for download at Mises.org

http://www.readrothbard.com/book-the-origins-of-the-federal-reserve

Book – Keynes the Man

“Keynes said, in his book, when he was answering criticisms that in the long run, his theories won’t work, and one of his very famous statements was, “Well, who cares? Because in the long run, we’re all dead.”

Well, the problem is, of course, that right now Keynes is dead and we’re still alive. In other words, we’re living in the Keynesian long run and we’re suffering from it.” – Murray Rothbard

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Book – War Collectivism

More than any other single period, World War I was the critical watershed for the American business system. It was a “war collectivism,” a totally planned economy run largely by big-business interest through the instrumentality of the central government, which served as the model, the precedent, and the inspiration for state corporate capitalism for the remainder of the century.

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Book – Strictly Confidential: The Private Volker Fund Memos of Murray N. Rothbard

Murray Rothbard is widely known for his vast literary output, but a great deal of his work has never been published until now. During the late 1950s and early 60s, he worked for the William Volker Fund, one of the few organizations willing to fund classical liberal scholars at the time. In that capacity, he wrote memos and reviews that offer insights on history, economics, foreign policy, and political theory.

Some of the thinkers evaluated by Rothbard: Willmoore Kendall, Charles Black, Leon Bramson, Charles Percy Snow, Charles Beard, Jackson Turner Main, R.S. Van Alstyne, Robert V. Remini, George B. DeHuszar, Douglass C. North, William Appleman Williams, Edgard Eugen Robinson, Paul W. Schroeder, J.Fred Rippy, Alexander Gray, T.S. Ashton, Ro

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Book – Science, Technology, and Government

When Murray Rothbard wrote “Science, Technology, and Government” in 1959, supporters of the free market needed to confront a challenge that remains relevant today. In 1957, the Soviet Union launched its “Sputnik” satellite, thereby defeating the United States in the race between the two countries to be first into space. Did this victory show, or at least suggest, the superiority of Soviet centrally-planned science to the American market economy? Critics of the free enterprise system like John Kenneth Galbraith (one of Rothbard’s least favorite economists) claimed that scientific research and development required government planning and control. The free market, these critics claimed, could not carry out the vast efforts research now required. Could private enterprise have built the atomic bomb? The Soviets have long since departed, but the fallacies in the arguments for centrally-controlled science live on today. Government spending on science and technology has increased far beyond its level in 1959.

Contrary to common belief, a tax exemption is not simply equivalent to a government subsidy. For a subsidy mulcts taxpayers in order to give a special grant to the favored party. It thereby adds to the ratio of government activity in the economy, distorts productive resources, and multiplies the dangers of government control and repression. A tax exemption, or any other type of tax reduction, on the one hand, reduces the ratio of government to private action; it frees private energies and allows them to develop unhampered; it reduces the danger of government control and distortion of the economy. It is a step toward the free market and the free society, just as a government subsidy is a step away from the free society.

This essay was found among Rothbard’s papers. But the exact circumstances under which it was written have not yet come to light. As readers will soon discover, it contains an astonishing wealth of insights.

Los Angeles, July 2015

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http://www.readrothbard.com/book-science-technology-and-government

Book – A Genuine Gold Dollar vs. the Federal Reserve

In recent years an increasing number of economists have understandably become disillusioned by the inflationary record of fiat currencies. They have therefore concluded that leaving the government and its central bank power to fine-tune the money supply, but abjuring them to use that power wisely in accordance with various rules, is simply leaving the fox in charge of the proverbial henhouse. They have come to the conclusion that only radical measures can remedy the problem, in essence, the problem of the inherent tendency of government to inflate a money supply that it monopolizes and creates. That remedy is no less than the strict separation of money and its supply from the state.

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Book – Never a Dull Moment: A Libertarian Look at the Sixties

Over 20 years after his death, a new Murray Rothbard book has been released! Compiled, edited and forwarded by Justin Raimondo, this book takes Muray’s essays from the 60’s regarding the events of the day. Often considered Murray’s “Left” Period for his aligning with certain left-leaning groups based on the common ground of being against the Vietnam war.

This book will help explain his thought at the times.

Here is the official description of the book:

For Murray Rothbard, libertarianism wasn’t an intellectual parlor game, nor was it a personal affectation: for him, it was a banner that was meant to be carried into battle. Ever the happy warrior, he sought to bring the radical libertarian perspective to bear on the events of the day, and it was a task he delighted in. From 1967 thru 1968, Rothbard churned out 58 columns for the Freedom Newspapers, addressing the campus revolt; the massive antiwar demonstrations; the Six-Day War between Israel and the Arab powers; the Newark riots; the Vietnam war; the persecution of H. Rap Brown, the assassination of Martin Luther King, the abdication of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the rise of Richard Nixon - in those two crucial years there was, as they say, never a dull moment.

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Book – Rothbard Reader

 

An excellent introduction to the vast trove of Rothbard’s work.  If you have never read any Rothbard, the Rothbard Reader is your one-way ticket to appreciating the deft skill with which he can make the complicated understandable.  Murray’s clear thought translates brilliantly into his clear prose.  There are another 30 books to read if you wish to continue on.

 

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