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Rothbard on the Ukraine War

Murray would tell us to stop sending money and arms to the Ukraine and to end all sanctions against Russia. What goes on in that region is none of our business. 

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Rothbard: Gun Regulation Explained

Legal SystemPhilosophy and Methodology


"Gun prohibition is the brainchild of white middle-class liberals who are oblivious to the situation of poor and minority people living in areas where the police have given up on crime control."

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Regulation in the Free Market: It’s Not What Most People Believe

Bureaucracy and RegulationEconomic FreedomFree Markets


Can a government regulatory system be reformed? In a word, no. The free market is always the best regulator of quality and safety.

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Real Progress versus the Progressives

The EnvironmentProgressivismSocialismWorld History


Progressives have distinguished themselves in the past half century by being against progress. That trend is unlikely to change.

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Rothbard: The Free-Market and Antigovernment Roots of the American Revolution


Being libertarians, the revolutionaries saw no conflict between moral and political rights on the one hand and economic freedom on the other.

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Radical Decentralization Was the Key to the West's Rise to Wealth and Freedom

Decentralization and SecessionWorld History


"The first condition for the maximization of economic efficiency is the liberation of civil society with respect to the state. . . . The expansion of capitalism owes its origins and raison d’être to political anarchy."

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Rich Country, Poor Country. Why the Differences?

AntipoliticsEconomic FreedomFree MarketsProtectionism and Free TradeWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History


Leftists claim that developing nations are poor because Western nations once practiced colonialism. The truth is that empires do not foster economic growth.

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Rothbard on Utilitarianism

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology


Modern mainstream neoclassical economics is constructed on utilitarianism. Murray Rothbard challenged that worldview on many fronts.

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