Murray Rothbard


Murray Rothbard : biography

March 2, 1926 – January 7, 1995

In his essay, "War Guilt in the Middle East," Rothbard accuses Israel of "aggression against Middle East Arabs," confiscatory policies, and "refusal to let these refugees return and reclaim the property taken from them."Murray Rothbard, , Left and Right, Vol. 3 No. 3 (Autumn 1967) (.) According to an essay attributed to Rothbard at, Rothbard wrote that critics of the state of Israel have to suffer "organized Anti-Anti-Semitism".Murray N. Rothbard, , December 1990, from The Irrepressible Rothbard, published at

Rothbard criticized as state terrorism the actions of the United States, Israel, and any nation that "retaliates" against innocents because they cannot pinpoint actual perpetrators. He held that no retaliation that injures or kills innocent people is justified, writing that "[a]nything else is an apologia for unremitting and unending mass murder."Murray N. Rothbard, , first published in the Libertarian Party News, March/April 1986.

Children and rights

In the Ethics of Liberty, Rothbard explores in terms of self-ownership and contract several contentious issues regarding children’s rights. These include women’s right to abortion, proscriptions on parents showing aggression towards children once they are born, and the issue of the state forcing parents to care for children, including those with severe health problems. He also holds children have the right to "run away" from parents and seek new guardians as soon as they are able to choose to do so. He suggested parents have the right to put a child out for adoption or even sell the rights to the child in a voluntary contract, which he feels is more humane than artificial governmental restriction of the number of children available to willing and often superior parents.

He also discusses how the current juvenile justice system punishes children for making "adult" choices, such as underage drinking or sex, removing children unnecessarily and against their will from parents, often putting them in uncaring and even brutal foster care or juvenile facilities, while at the same time denying to them those legal rights adults enjoy, such as trial by jury or provision of a written transcript of their court proceedings., Chapter 14 "Children and Rights."See also Ronald Hamowy, , Cato Institute, SAGE, 2008, 59–61 ISBN 1-4129-6580-2, ISBN 978-1-4129-6580-4


In a 1963 article, Rothbard wrote that "the Negro Revolution has some elements that a libertarian must favor, others that he must oppose. Thus, the libertarian opposes compulsory segregation and police brutality, but also opposes compulsory integration and such absurdities as ethnic quota systems in jobs."Murray N. Rothbard, , New Individualist Review, Volume 3, Number 1, Summer 1963. According to Rothbard biographer Justin Raimondo, Rothbard considered Malcolm X to be a "great black leader” and Martin Luther King to be favored by whites because he “was the major restraining force on the developing Negro revolution." Rothbard also compared Lyndon B. Johnson’s use of troops to crush urban riots in 1968 after King’s assassination to Johnson’s use of American troops in the Vietnam War.

The title essay of Rothbard’s 1974 book Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays held, "Equality is not in the natural order of things, and the crusade to make everyone equal in every respect (except before the law) is certain to have disastrous consequences."George C. Leef, , The Freeman, July 2001. In it, Rothbard wrote, "At the heart of the egalitarian left is the pathological belief that there is no structure of reality; that all the world is a tabula rasa that can be changed at any moment in any desired direction by the mere exercise of human will."Murray Rothbard, , essay published in full at, 2003. See also Rothbard’s essay , the 1991 introduction to republication of Freedom, Inequality, Primitivism, and the Division of Labor, Ludwig Von Mises Institute, 2008.

Opining on the favorable response to Charles Murray’s book The Bell Curve, Rothbard wrote in 1994 during his "paleolibertarian" period that neoconservatives and liberal statists suppressed academic research on racial difference in intelligence in order to support their goal of using the state to enforce egalitarian goals. He wrote that "while neocons and liberals want the planners and national statists to sort, subsidize, and control, for which they need scientific data such as intelligence as guides, paleos are very different. Paleos believe in Liberty; paleos believe in the rights of person and property; paleos want no government subsidizers or controllers. Paleos want Big Government off all of our backs, be we smart or dumb, black, brown or white."Murray Rothbard, ,, December 1994. As a means to this end, he regarded the study of similarities and differences between different ethnic groups—what he termed "racialist science"—as "an operation in defense of private property against assaults by aggressors."