Joey shares a personal story of how in a world full of folly and tyranny a man can, as Murray Rothbard said, “stay in the world, enjoying himself immensely at this spectacle of folly.” To know “how” is to discover the meaning of life.

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  • The Road to Serfdom Kick off the discussion! Questions, comments, observations or elaborations? Either reply here or create a new discussion using the tag Library_the-road-to-serfdom

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  • “The State is profoundly and inherently anticapitalist.” – Murray Newton Rothbard, “Anatomy of the State”, 1974, version LvMI, 2009, P42

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  • A question for libertarian law buffs: Assuming that A. The proper form of punishment for crimes is restitution, or the repayment to the victim for the losses incurred by the crime, and B. no machine or magic exists that can bring people back to life, to whom and in what way should a murderer compensate for his crime? Murder is unique amongst all crimes becuase the victim physically cannot be compensated (except if there exists a life-giving machine or wizard), but why should the compensation, then, go to the next of kin? Ok, so the family are missing out now becuase the victim presumably provided money, security and love whilst he was alive, but why not also compensate his employer who now has to look for a new worker and his friends who miss his charming company? Do some or all of those parties have rightful claim to the murderer’s resources? And why? Let me know if that’s understandable.

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  • I think this is one of the best essays for a libertarian who writes articles to reread on a regular basis. What say you?

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  • To read Murray Rothbard’s Left and Right: The Prospects for Liberty is to have a completely new and ideologically consistent lens provided. It helps you to avoid having your thinking and belief systems pigeonholed on the left-right paradigms, thus avoid serving one variety of statist thought from the other. And also helps you become an independent thinker and principled libertarian. Into this gap, into this void created by the drying up of radical liberalism, there stepped a new movement: Socialism. Libertarians of the present day are accustomed to think of socialism as the polar opposite of the libertarian creed. But this is a grave mistake, responsible for a severe ideological disorientation of libertarians in the present world. As we have seen, Conservatism was the polar opposite of liberty; and socialism, while to the “left” of conservatism, was essentially a confused, middle-of-the road movement. It was, and still is, middle-of the road because it tries to achieve Liberal ends by the use of Conservative means. (p.15)

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