Book – A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II

In a complete revision of the standard account, Rothbard traces inflations, banking panics, and money meltdowns from the Colonial Period through the mid-20th century to show how government’s systematic war on sound money is the hidden force behind nearly all major economic calamities in American history. Never has the story of money and banking been told with such rhetorical power and theoretical vigor.

Available for download at Mises.org

http://www.readrothbard.com/book-history-of-money-and-banking-in-the-united-states-the-colonial-era-to-world-war-ii

Book – For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto

In For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, Rothbard proposes a once-and-for-all escape from the two major political parties, the ideologies they embrace, and their central plans for using state power against people.

Libertarianism is Rothbard’s radical alternative that says state power is unworkable and immoral and ought to be curbed and finally abolished.

Available for download at Mises.org

http://www.readrothbard.com/book-for-a-new-liberty-the-libertarian-manifesto

Book – The Mystery of Banking

Readers of The Mystery of Banking will find that money and banking are, contrary to what the book’s title might suggest, no longer a mystery to them. Textbooks on money and banking are often prolix, dull, and confusing, but Murray Rothbard explains the essential issues in a step-by-step fashion.

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http://www.readrothbard.com/book-the-mystery-of-banking

Book – The Case for a 100% Gold Dollar

Rothbard shows how money must originate from a commodity. In an ideal system, a dollar would be a unit of weight, and paper money would operate strictly as warehouse receipts for the stock of the monetary metal. There would be no fractional reserve banking. Rothbard offers a rebuttal to the objections to a 100 percent gold dollar raised by Professor Leland Yeager.

Available for download at Mises.org

http://www.readrothbard.com/book-the-case-for-a-100-gold-dollar

Book – The Irrepressible Rothbard

Summing up the work of libertarian economist and historian Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) and noting its stunning range, philosopher David Gordon once wondered “if there are really three, four, or five geniuses writing under his name.” The lively essays collected in The Irrepressible Rothbard display one of those geniuses: Rothbard the journalist, cultural critic, political observer, and movement organizer. Even more remarkable, they represent just a fraction of what he wrote in his spare time, for just one publication, and in just the last few years of his life.

Available for download at Mises.org

http://www.readrothbard.com/book-the-irrepressible-rothbard

Book – Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature, and Other Essays

All evidence points to the superiority of the libertarian ideal – private property, capitalism, international trade, laissez-faire – but something is keeping the world from embracing it. That something is wrong-headed ideology, some philosophical error grown into a massive system of thought, an agenda that if unleashed would mutilate and crush civilization as we know it.

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http://www.readrothbard.com/book-egalitarianism-as-a-revolt-against-nature-and-other-essays

Book – Making Economic Sense

Do you ever watch the business news and think: what would Murray Rothbard say about this? He remained a news junky all his life, even while working on his grand scholarly treatises. He was no academic snob; he believed, like Mises, that economics was the business of everyone.

Available for download at Mises.org

http://www.readrothbard.com/book-making-economic-sense

Book – Power and Market: Government and the Economy

What can government do to enhance social and economic well being? Nothing, says Murray N. Rothbard. Power and Market contains the proof. It will inoculate the reader against even the slightest temptation to invoke the state as a solution to any social or economic problem. It is the ultimate manual for completely de-mystifying the myth of the state.

Many “right-wing” economists have advocated general sales taxation, as opposed to income taxation, on the ground that the former taxes consumption but not savings-investment; many “left-wing” economists have opposed sales taxation for the same reason. Both are mistaken; the sales tax is an income tax, though of more haphazard and uncertain incidence. The major effect of the general sales tax will be that of the income tax: to reduce the consumption and the savings-investment of the taxpayers.

Or what about taxes that are designed to bolster savings and reduce consumption. Here is Rothbard:

Why does consumption possess less merit than saving? Allocation between them on the market is simply a matter of time preference. This means that any coerced deviation from the market ratio of saving to consumption imposes a loss in utility, and this is true whichever direction the deviation takes. A government measure that might induce more saving and less consumption is then no less subject to criticism than one that would lead to more consumption and less saving. To say differently is to criticize free-market choices and implicitly to advocate governmental measures to force more savings upon the public.

Available for download at Mises.org

http://www.readrothbard.com/book-power-and-market-government-and-the-economy

Book – Education: Free and Compulsory

In this radical and scholarly monograph, out of print for two decades and restored according to the author’s original, Murray N. Rothbard identifies the crucial feature of our educational system that dooms it to fail: at every level, from financing to attendance, the system relies on compulsion instead of voluntary consent.

Available for download at Mises.org

http://www.readrothbard.com/book-education-free-and-compulsory