Murray N. Rothbard

Biography

Murray N. Rothbard

Murray N. Rothbard (1926 - 1995), the last giant of the "Austrian" School of Law and Economics, stands out through the realistic robustness, the clarity, the vastness and the rigor of the thinking system offered in his entire work. Like his great predecessors, Carl Menger, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk and Ludwig von Mises, he kept alive the scientific treaty tradition with his Man, Economy and State, published in 1962 when he was just 36 years old. This monumental analytic monograph of the free market economy was followed by the first systematic and exhaustive analysis of the noxiousness of all types of governmental intervention into the economy, Power and Market (1970).

His Ethics of Liberty is the normative framework for the natural order of law and of economics, the private property order. Rothbard built up consistent personalism from the area of economics (ultimately exhausted by Mises) to ethics and natural law, then to political, cultural and even religious history (Conceived in Liberty, 1975-1979; An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, 1995). Indeed, he offered the final synthesis and the swan song (the limits, therefore) of the secularized socio-political philosophy (sketched as far back as in his 1973 For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto.)

His followers have but to complete the footnotes and to break the aforementioned limits, resetting, finally, the hole edifice on the rock of the only truly personalist spirituality, the Christian Orthodoxy.

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