Murray Rothbard (Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers)

Murray Rothbard (Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers)

Gerard Casey

Language: English

Pages: 169

ISBN: 1441142096

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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Labour’ (to use the Lockean metaphor) or the notion of transformation, as Rothbard employs it, is reasonably clear in the case of the sculptor and that which he makes – it is not quite so clear in the case of land. Nonetheless, Rothbard believes that ‘the natural rights justification for the ownership of ground land is the same as the justification for the original ownership of all other property’ (Rothbard 2006b, 41). Neither in the case of the clay transformed by the hand of the sculptor nor in

approved restrictions of liberty (Rothbard 2006b, 111–13, 399; see Szasz 1970; 1974; 1978; 1987; 1996). Personal Liberty A number of important issues fall under this head. Let’s begin with free speech. Are we or should we be free to say whatever we like about whomever or whatever we like? The libertarian answer, in brief, is yes. This has a number of controversial implications. In most jurisdictions, one finds on the statute books, crimes of incitement, conspiracy and attempt. Whatever about the

starting from acts of choice; economics becomes as part, although the hitherto best elaborated part, of a more universal science, praxeology’ (Mises 1996, 3). According to Gennady Stolyarov, it is widely believed that Rothbard and another major Austrian thinker Hans-Hermann Hoppe differ on their approach to the action axiom. This belief hinges upon a distinction between something’s being a law of reality and its being a law of the mind. In Stolyarov’s view, this is an ‘unfortunate dichotomy that

text is unclear, and the sense of this citation appears to be in some tension with other expressions of Kant’s thought on these matters. For example, in The Metaphysical Elements of Justice (Part I of the The Metaphysics of Morals), Kant writes: ‘A thing is externally mine if it is something outside me which is such that any interference with my using it as I please would constitute an injury to me . . .’ (Kant 1965, 55). And ‘the possessor originally acquires a piece of land through first

‘When Smith upbraided Ferguson for not acknowledging Smith’s precedence in the pin-factory example, Ferguson replied that he had borrowed nothing from Smith, but indeed that both had taken the example from a French source . . .’ (Rothbard 1995a, 443). According to Rothbard, Smith claimed to have invented the concept of laissez-faire but such a claim ignored what he had acquired from his own teachers, not to mention sundry French thinkers of the late seventeenth century. Rothbard claims that

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