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Concepts of the Role of Intellectuals In Social Change Toward Laissez Faire

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07/30/2014Murray N. Rothbard

The creed of laissez faire-individual liberty, inviolate rights of property, free markets, and minimal govemment is virtually bound to be a radical one. That is, this libertarian creed is necessarily set in profound conflict with existing forms of polity, which have generally been one or another variety of statism. In this paper, we concentrate, not on examining or justifying the laissez-faire doctrines of various thinkers, but, given those doctrines, how these writers and theorists proposed to try to bring about their ideal polity. In short, having adopted a profoundly radical creed at odds with the ruling dogmas of their day, what, if anything, did these theorists offer as a strategy for social change in the direction of liberty?

Volume 9, Number 2 (1990)

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Rothbard, Murray N. "Concepts of the Role of Intellectuals In Social Change Toward Laissez Faire." Journal of Libertarian Studies 9, No. 2 (1990): 43–67.