Vicious Attacks on Murray Rothbard
by Robert Wenzel: A
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just know that the thought of Murray Rothbard is having an impact
when insider wannabes come out swinging at Rothbard to prove their
establishment credentials. To become a mafia made-man you have to
take someone down, pretty much anyone. But to make it on Establishment
Row, you have to take a swing at Murray Rothbard. It doesn't matter
if you miss, because you will, but it appears the swing is now mandatory.
has a great
piece on even Economist magazine writers having a go
at Rothbard. Following the North piece, George Selgin took a swing
calling Rothbard, get this, a bad to mediocre monetary economist.
(Major-Freedom replies to that here)
Not to be out done by Selgin, Donald Boudreaux writes on a Facebook
wasn't 1/100th the economist that Friedman was.
Boudreaux teaches at the rabid anti-Rothbard George Mason University.
Jaffi Joe in
a comment below explains:
my interest in economics by reading Smith, Bastiat, Say, Ricardo,
Mill, etc. I got through the classics and then started reading
Fisher, Keynes, Samuelson, Friedman, etc. All of this time I had
never even heard of Austrian economics until about 4 years ago
(Ron Paul mentioned it), so I began reading Mises, Menger, Hayek,
you know, the regulars. But, it was not until I started reading
Rothbard that it really sank in.
the establishment economists and media will attempt to make Rothbard
fall into a memory hole. Not only did he write in an extremely
straight-forward and easy to understand language, but he also
covered a wide range of sciences and topics (economics, political
theory, history...). And, as it just so happens, a lot of people
are beginning to read his work these days.
is merely trying to nip this one in the bud. They see Rothbard
(and, Austrian econ in general) getting a resurgence, so the only
way for them to combat this trend is to talk trash about it. They
know, just as most Austrians do, that it is extremely hard to
go back to being a statist after having read a few of Rothbard's
books. Trust me, the last thing that they want is to have a bunch
of ancaps running around; we might end their gravy train.
on Rothbard are downright vicious and the promotion of the establishment's
token supposed free market economist, Milton Freidman, in his place
is absurd. Rothbard never made any of the serious demonstrable errors
that Friedman made in monetary theory and methodology. About the
best that could be said about Friedman is that he sure knew how
to pick his errors. They managed to get him the Presidential Medal
of Freedom in 1988. It was awarded to him by that other free market
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