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For a New Liberty

The Libertarian Manifesto
Written by: Murray N. Rothbard
Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins

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In For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, Rothbard proposes a once-and-for-all escape from the two major political parties, the ideologies they embrace, and their central plans for using state power against people. Libertarianism is Rothbard's radical alternative that says state power is unworkable and immoral, and ought to be curbed and finally overthrown. To make his case, Rothbard deploys his entire system of thought: natural law, natural rights, Austrian economics, American history, the theory of the state, and more. Society without the nation-state? Rothbard shows that this is the way for peace, prosperity, security, and freedom for all. In the entire history of libertarian ideas, no book has more successfully combined ideological rigor, theoretical exposition, political rhetoric, historical illustration, and strategic acumen.

Rothbard poured a lifetime of research and all his intellectual energy into this project, and he succeeded in writing a classic. He shows that the state creates social and economic problems and then further intervenes to make these problems worse than ever - while increasing its power at the expense of everyone else. He is particularly good at highlighting who really benefits from government regulation: usually it is the largest corporations who are attempting to rig the game in their favor. The book is still regarded as "dangerous" percisely because, once the exposure to Rothbardianism takes place, no other book on politics, economics, history, or sociology can be read the same way again.

©2006 Ludwig von Mises Institute (P)2006 Ludwig von Mises Institute

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  • monte reed
  • 20-03-12

I'm a Ron Paul Libertarian but this is a good

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm a Ron Paul Libertarian but this is a good listen for anyone wanting to know more about libertarian beliefs. It was first written in 1978 so some material is old but it all still apply today.

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  • Jeremy
  • 19-04-13

Best summation of Libertarian thought I have read.

Would you listen to For a New Liberty again? Why?

While I don't agree with 100% of the material, I do agree with almost all of it. What I like most is the fluid way in which the author links all of the seemingly disparate subjects and underlies the libertarian argument with principal rather than prescription. Highly recommend if you are interested in something other than Right vs Left, Conservative vs Liberal, or Republican vs Democrat. Both political parties are just 2 breed of fox trying to raid the hen house...the end result is the same. They only differ (slightly) in their methods.

What was one of the most memorable moments of For a New Liberty?

The discussion of how property rights actually underscore most human and civil rights. A thorough grasp of this concept would fundamentally change almost any society.

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I do disagree with the author on the point of abortion. The author seems to have a made a logical jump in his presupposition, which seems preposterous if you spell it out, but the author does not address it. Actually, coverage of the subject is quite brief, which may be best as I didn't agree. Nonetheless, the author appears genuine in his reasoning and motivations.

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  • John
  • 26-10-13

Prepare to have your foundations shocked

What did you love best about For a New Liberty?

It opened up my eyes to some key issues in America today. I had never considered taxation in the way Murray Rothbard describes it. He explains how certain government policies violate our freedoms and why. He is very convincing at times. Sometimes he is not, like when he discusses the court system and how it could be done away with (I disagree with him on this point), but this book really causes you to think about some of the things you believe.

I started reading this book as a Tea Party conservative, and now am more libertarian because of it.

If you could give For a New Liberty a new subtitle, what would it be?

Explanations for anarchy

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I disagreed with his viewpoint on Abortion, I agree with his proteges, Ron Paul and Judge Napolitano, that life begins at conception and that an unborn child has rights that are protected by the 14th amendment.

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  • Jacob
  • 19-02-18

A masterpiece.

The nature of mankind lies within the text of this book, as does it's salvation. As the author states, the time is ripe for liberty.

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  • James
  • 07-08-17

Wonderful read!

I was a minarchist until I read this tome. While I have previously read a few Rothbard books ... this one basically changed my view in many ways . wonderfully written and not a hard book to get through..

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-06-12

Great Austrian Econimist

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This was a good libertarian book. I also like Liberty Defined by Ron Paul as it is more up to date same ideas though.

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  • Eidelhop Flausendorf
  • 05-12-19

Dated but with timeless principles

Rothbard covers the subject of liberty in a very thorough and detailed manner. Anyone who thinks they understand and believe in liberty should consume this book. Many of the specifics are dated since he addresses the political entities of his particular day, but the principles are applicable to all times and to all people.

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  • A Baker
  • 03-11-19

Remains staggeringly relevant!

As my first foray into Rothbard, I was floored by how he seemingly sees right through the politics of 2019.. and this was written decades ago! Which is a bit saddening, because it shows how cyclical these things can be. Or maybe not.. maybe technology will break the cycle.

Anyway, don’t let the year this was penned stop you from diving in to possible one of the most articulate libertarian intellectuals in the history of the world. There were times when I thought to myself “nooo, no, there’s no way,” yet if you buckle in, you find Murray breaking down ideas that have been beaten into our heads for centuries. And when you emerge from each chapter, you wonder how you let such assumptions root themselves so deeply in your mind.

If he was alive and wrote this last year, it would almost all be the same (aside from the phone/radio industry topic) .. or even more in depth. It would be a treasure to see him debate Keynesians or socialists today.

If you’re considering reading a treatise on full spectrum libertarianism; look no further.

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  • Rebecca
  • 19-08-19

TRUTH

and amazingly insightful and easy-to-understand book that outlines what government is, what it isn't, and what it should not be, if you value your freedom, read this book. for a shorter book on the same subject, check out the same author's book anatomy of the state.

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  • Jessica
  • 10-01-19

Great book.

A timeless classic. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking into libertarian philosophy. Perfect.

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  • GUIDI SIMONE
  • 02-08-18

I wished I read it before...

Impeccable logic, well laid down and accessible.
I wish I read it before, although reading my current political ideas in a book written 40 years ago is a good sign.
Rothbard touches all the key arguments and authors of the liberal and socialist spheres. History is re-read through the lenses of classical libertarian and that is very helpful.
Many of the Socialists myth are debunked systematically and logically.
I loved his take on Rand's claim that big businesses are the most mistreated minority. Here he shows moral, on top of Intellectual, rigor.
A super read.