Murray Rothbard : biography
Murray Newton Rothbard ( March 2, 1926 – January 7, 1995) was an American economist*David Boaz, , originally published at Encyclopedia Britannicablog, April 25, 2007; reprinted at Cato Institute website. Boaz describes Rothbard as: "a professional economist and also a movement builder".
- Brian Doherty, Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement, PublicAffairs, , ISBN 1-58648-350-1 Doherty quotes Murray Rothbard who wrote: "I realize this is heresy for a professional economist to say, but I think…" of the Austrian School
- F. Eugene Heathe. Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society, SAGE, 2007, ; Quote: "an economist of the Austrian school"
- Ronald Hamowy, Editor, , Cato Institute, SAGE, 2008, ISBN 1412965802 Quotes: p. 62 calls Rothbard "a leading economist of the Austrian school"; pp. 11, 365, 458 describe Rothbard as an "Austrian economist,
- Kevin D. Williamson, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism, Regnery Publishing, 2010, , ISBN 1596981741 Quote: "the Austrian economist Murray Rothbard".
- Gerard Casey, Murray Rothbard, Volume 15 of Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers, Continuum International Publishing Group, 2010, , ISBN 1441142096 Quote: "the most widely known Austrian economist is neither Murray Rothbard nor Ludwig von Mises but Friedrich Hayek." as well as an historian, philosopherJustin Raimondo, An Enemy of the State, Prometheus Books, 2000, , ISBN 1615922393, 9781615922390 and political theorist.Gerard Casey, Murray Rothbard, , Quote: "Since the present volume is one in a series devoted to a consideration of conservative and libertarian thinkers, I am going to focus primarily on Rothbard’s contributions to political theory." His writings and personal influence helped create modern libertarianism and he was a central figure in it. He wrote over twenty books.Ronald Hamowy, Editor, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, .
Rothbard was a leading influence on the development of anarcho-capitalism.Gerard Casey, Murray Rothbard, . In the words of Hans-Hermann Hoppe, "There would be no anarcho-capitalist movement to speak of without Rothbard." He wrote that the state is "the organization of robbery systematized and writ large" and the locus of unscrupulous individuals., Murray Rothbard, Murray Rothbard, Murray Rothbard Rothbard asserted that all services provided by what he called the "monopoly system of the corporate state" could be provided more efficiently by the private sector., Murray Rothbard, Murray Rothbard, Murray Rothbard He considered central banking and fractional reserve banking under a monopoly fiat money system a form of financial fraud, antithetical to libertarian principles and ethics.Rothbard, Murray N. (1983, 2007). The Mystery of Banking, Richardson and Snyder, Dutton., Mises Institute, p. 111, ISBN 978-1105528781, Murray RothbardSee also Murray Rothbard articles: ; ; and Rothbard opposed military, political, and economic interventionism in the affairs of other nations., excerpts from a 1973 Reason Magazine article and other materials, published at Antiwar.com, undated.Rothbard, Murray N. (1973, 1978)For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, Collier Books; , p. 265; , Mises Institute, ISBN 0-945466-47-1)
Life and work
Rothbard was born to Jewish parents, David and Rae Rothbard, and raised in Bronx, New York. His father, a chemist, "emigrated to the United States from a Polish shtetl in 1910, impoverished and knowing not a word of English",Rothbard, Murray. , LewRockwell.com, first published in Chronicles, August 1994 while his mother came from Russia. Reprinted from 15 Great Austrian Economists, edited by Randall G. Holcombe. Rothbard wrote of having grown up as a "right-winger" (adherent of the "Old Right") among family, friends and neighbors who were "communists or fellow-travelers." In contrast, he recalled that "all socialism seemed to [him] monstrously coercive and abhorrent." He attended Columbia University, where received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 1945 and his PhD in economics, under Joseph Dorfman, in 1956. He later stated that all of his fellow students there were extreme leftists. His thesis title was "Toward a Reconstruction of Utility and Welfare Economics".David Gordon, , Ludwig Von Mises Institute.Gary North, , Lew Rockwell.com, February 28, 2004.