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Enemy of the State, An

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This is the first biography of one of the most interesting and controversial social theorists of our time.
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Here is the Justin Raimondo biography of Rothbard, which we had previously thought to be out of print. But the publisher has made it available again through special arrangement, as a way of meeting the demand from Mises.org readers.

This is the first biography of one of the most interesting and controversial social theorists of our time. Rothbard was the founder of the libertarian movement, a radical free marketeer who came of age in the era of collectivism and fought all his life for individualism and laissez-faire against overwhelming odds.

The story of his life is at the same time a cavalcade of virtually all of the controversial events, ideas, and personalities of the latter part of the twentieth century.

The author of twenty-eight books and thousands of articles, Rothbard's life goal was to found a science of liberty, a comprehensive libertarian system of social thought encompassing philosophy, ethics, economics, and history.

This book tells the story of the intellectual adventure that was Rothbard's life, his relationship with the great libertarian economist and philosopher Ludwig von Mises, and his intellectual growth and development as an economist and a thinker.

While Rothbard's contributions to the history of social thought are important, his life story is interesting in itself: against almost impossible odds he managed to singlehandedly create the libertarian movement out of thin air at a time when such ideas were considered completely outside the pale.

An Enemy of the State traces Rothbard's ideological odyssey, from the Old Right of the Chicago Tribune and the "isolationist" America First Committee, to the conservative movement of the fifties and early sixties, to the New Left of the mid-sixties, and then on to the Libertarian Party and the post-Cold War return to his Old Right roots. Rothbard was that interesting combination, an intellectual system-builder and theorist who was also an intellectual street fighter, a scholar, and a man of action.

Anyone interested in the history of ideas, whether or not they agree with Rothbard's ideology, is bound to be captivated by and drawn into the story of his fascinating life.

Justin Raimondo is a senior fellow at the Center for Libertarian Studies, editorial director of Antiwar.com, and a longtime libertarian activist.

Lew Rockwell writes: "There will be other biographies forthcoming, but the success of this one will endure in many, many areas: it is energetic, well-researched, factual (the few mistakes have no bearing on the thesis), and achieves something of a balance between advocacy and pure biography. "Reading it, you can't help but thrill at how this book will affect a new generation of readers, giving them a fresh perspective on post-war intellectual and political history and also inspiring them to radical thinking in defense of human liberty. Even if you have never heard of Murray Rothbard, you will be drawn to his life, his mind, his spirit. To understand his times and ours, you must have this book."

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by Mark
on 7/7/2008
An Enemy of the State
What an icon! My only regret is that I wasn't told about this man of liberty thirty years ago. Everybody should know about Murray Rothbard. If they did, the mainstream media along with its political puppets of the state would be kicked to the curb. Author Justin Raimondo, a man who knew Rothbard, could not have done a better job of telling us Rothbard's story. I think, in today's political climate, if Libertarianism re-emerged under a different name, it would prevail. All the people want is liberty, but they aren't quite smart enough to know how to get it.
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ISBN 978157392809
Binding HC
Page Length 400
Publication Date 2000
Publisher Prometheus Books

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