Patrick Newman on Rothbard and his Critics

The late Murray Rothbard has passionate fans and critics alike—but was he really the intransigent person his detractors portray? Was he prickly and difficult, or actually generous and helpful to students and colleagues? Did his reputation as an economist suffer for venturing into philosophy, ethics, history, sociology, and anarchism—even though Hayek did the same? Was Man, Economy, and State really just a rehash of Human Action? Did he deviate from Mises on method? Were Power & Market and the Ethics of Liberty just too radical and off-putting?

Professor Patrick Newman considers critics like Arthur Burns, Kirzner, Leland Yeager, Nozick, Mario Rizzo, Selgin/White, Jason Brennan, Bryan Caplan, and of course Mises. If you like Rothbard you don’t want to miss this show!

Additional Resources

In Defense of “Extreme Apriorism” by Murray Rothbard

Conceived in Liberty, Volume V coming October 25

Join us for a celebration of Mises and his work in Los Angeles October 25–27. More info available here.


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