Rothbard Wasn’t an Austrian Economist

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Another day, another libertarian dope.

There’s a fellow in Nevada, who’s worried that libertarians are not quite p.c. enough, who rejects and scorns the Nonaggression Principle, and who spends time smearing most of the good guys in the libertarian world.

The way to handle someone like this is to ignore him completely, obviously.

But just so you can get a taste of the level of so much of the opposition we face, I share with you one comment from him that someone sent me today.

“It’s a huge stretch to call [Murray] Rothbard and [Hans-Hermann] Hoppe Austrian economists in the first place.”

Now that wins the low-IQ prize for September.

Regarding Hans: it suffices to read A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism and The Economics and Ethics of Private Property — brilliant works both — to recognize Hoppe as someone obviously working in the Austrian tradition. Simply Google the article “The Misesian Case Against Keynes” in case you need further proof that water is wet.

But to say something so inane about Murray Rothbard really takes the cake.

When the Austrian School revival kicked off in 1974 with the famous South Royalton conference in Vermont, every single attendee was a Rothbardian. Everyone in attendance had studied Man, Economy, and StateAmerica’s Great Depression, and What Has Government Done to Our Money?

This is what people mean when they say Rothbard single-handedly kept the Austrian School alive.

Henry Hazlitt, in reviewing Man, Economy, and State, said Rothbard…

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