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Anatomy of the State

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Murray Rothbard was known as the state's greatest living enemy, and this is his most succinct and powerful statement on the topic, an exhibit A in how he came to wear that designation proudly. He shows how the state wrecks freedom, destroys civilization, and threatens all lives and property and social well being.
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This gives a succinct account of Rothbard’s view of the state. Following Franz Oppenheimer and Albert Jay Nock, Rothbard regards the state as a predatory entity. It does not produce anything but rather steals resources from those engaged in production. In applying this view to American history, Rothbard makes use of the work of John C. Calhoun

How can an organization of this type sustain itself? It must engage in propaganda to induce popular support for its policies. Court intellectuals play a key role here, and Rothbard cites as an example of ideological mystification the work of the influential legal theorist Charles Black, Jr., on the way the Supreme Court has become a revered institution.

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by Michael
on 10/3/2010
good little essay by Rothbard
Some background on this essay. First published in "Rampart Journal" back in 1965 and reprinted in "The Libertarian Alternative" edited by Tibor Machan.
by Jamie
on 5/19/2010
Wonderful
Just superb in its clarity in explaining the state and why its existence is quite frankly just stupid. Very short so if you thinking about it you should probably get the collection of essays in Egalitarianism a revolt against nature. But once again just pure awesome and engaging till the very end.
by Richard
on 11/17/2009
An Anarchist Classic
This is an essential Rothbard read. Mr Libertarian rejects the democratic myth that "we are the state," and instead directs us to those that manage, maintain, and benefit from the ruling aparatus. He explains how the state is an essentially paraistic set of social arrangements that feed off exploitation, via "the politicial means" to wealth, rather than "the economic means," and how it relies on the efforts of opinion makers to ensure its continued existence, through developing a statist hegemony that lovers of liberty must reverse. More importantly, though, Rothbard then proceeds to demonstrate how state power can never be limited, for so long as a branch of government has an exclusive monopoly on deciding whether the actions of any other branch are "constitutional," it will always tend to do so in its own favour. This reproduction of the classic essay is only flawed, though, by not being anarchist enough! The editors should have included Rothbard's essay "Society Without The State
by RR
on 11/13/2009
the best
This little essay will change the way you look at the world. pick it up. well worth it.
by Marxist
on 10/29/2009
Fine Work
Too short, and the essay itself feels like it should go on much longer. It feels like it ends before it really starts. Just buy his Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays. This individual release really doesn't serve a purpose.
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ISBN 9781933550480
Publisher Ludwig von Mises Institute
Publication Date 8/1/2009
Binding PB
Page Length 60
Dimensions 4.25x7
Notes pocket book size

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