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Murray Newton Rothbard

Datum narození: 2. březen 1926
Datum úmrtí: 7. leden 1995

Murray Newton Rothbard byl americký ekonom Rakouské školy, který pomohl definovat moderní libertarianismus a založil proud tržního anarchismu, který nazýval anarchokapitalismus. Rothbard kladl důraz na spontánní řád a prosazování individuálního anarchismu a odsuzoval centrální plánování.


„Kapitalismus je vrcholné vyjádření anarchismu a anarchismus je vrcholné vyjádření kapitalismu.“

„Stát je systematizace loupeživých procesů na daném území.“


„Jediným způsobem, jak by vláda mohla snížit množství monopolů, je když odstraní všechny monopolní výsady, které sama vytvořila.“

„Inflace pokutuje spořivost a podporuje vytváření dluhů.“

„Svoboda je matkou, nikoli dcerou řádu.“

„It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.“

„It is clearly absurd to limit the term 'education' to a person's formal schooling.“ Education, Free & Compulsory

„Taxation is theft, purely and simply even though it is theft on a grand and colossal scale which no acknowledged criminals could hope to match. It is a compulsory seizure of the property of the State’s inhabitants, or subjects.“


„It’s true: greed has had a very bad press. I frankly don’t see anything wrong with greed. I think that the people who are always attacking greed would be more consistent with their position if they refused their next salary increase. I don’t see even the most Left-Wing scholar in this country scornfully burning his salary check. In other words, "greed" simply means that you are trying to relieve the nature given scarcity that man was born with. Greed will continue until the Garden of Eden arrives, when everything is superabundant, and we don’t have to worry about economics at all. We haven’t of course reached that point yet; we haven’t reached the point where everybody is burning his salary increases, or salary checks in general.“

„Libertarianism holds that the only proper role of violence is to defend person and property against violence, that any use of violence that goes beyond such just defense is itself aggressive, unjust, and criminal“

„No action can be virtuous unless it is freely chosen.“

„It is curious that people tend to regard government as a quasi-divine, selfless, Santa Claus organization. Government was constructed neither for ability nor for the exercise of loving care; government was built for the use of force and for necessarily demagogic appeals for votes. If individuals do not know their own interests in many cases, they are free to turn to private experts for guidance. It is absurd to say that they will be served better by a coercive, demagogic apparatus.“ Power and Market: Government and the Economy


„It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are being forced to pay the cost.“

„The most sanctified figure in American historiography is, by no accident, the Great Saint of centralizing "democracy" and the strong unitary nation-state: Abraham Lincoln. And so didn't Lincoln use force and violence, and on a massive scale, on behalf of the mystique of the sacred "Union," to prevent the South from seceding? Indeed he did, and on the foundation of mass murder and oppression, Lincoln crushed the South and outlawed the very notion of secession (based on the highly plausible ground that since the separate states voluntarily entered the Union they should be allowed to leave). But not only that: for Lincoln created the monstrous unitary nation-state from which individual and local liberties have never recovered.“

„To be moral, an act must be free.“

„A robber who justified his theft by saying that he really helped his victims, by his spending giving a boost to retail trade, would find few converts; but when this theory is clothed in Keynesian equations and impressive references to the “multiplier effect,” it unfortunately carries more conviction.“ Anatomy of the State

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