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Murray Rothbard: The Godfather of Libertarianism

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02/12/2016David GordonWalter BlockJoseph T. SalernoJeff Deist

The late Murray Rothbard is in many ways the godfather of the modern libertarian movement, starting with the publication of his great tract Man, Economy, and State, back in 1962. And of course, Rothbard played an instrumental role in helping Lew Rockwell get the Mises Institute off the ground.

This weekend's show features a great panel discussion about Murray—not just the economist and the intellectual scholar, but also Murray the man. The panel features David Gordon, Walter Block, and Joe Salerno—all three of whom worked with Murray, and knew him personally for many, many years prior to his death in 1995.

So, if you're a fan of Rothbard, I guarantee you will enjoy this free-wheeling discussion of what Murray was like not just as an intellectual and a scholar, but also as a person.

Note: The views expressed on are not necessarily those of the Mises Institute.

Contact David Gordon

David Gordon is Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute and editor of the Mises Review.

Contact Walter Block

Walter Block is the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics at Loyola University, senior fellow of the Mises Institute, and regular columnist for

Click here to see an extensive online compendium of Dr. Block's publications.

Click here for a complete list of Dr. Block's books.

Contact Joseph T. Salerno

Joseph Salerno is academic vice president of the Mises Institute, professor emeritus of economics at Pace University, and editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.


Contact Jeff Deist

Jeff Deist is president of the Mises Institute. He previously worked as chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul, and as an attorney for private equity clients. Contact: email; Twitter.

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