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Strictly Confidential: The Private Volker Fund Memos of Murray N. Rothbard

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Essential unpublished memos by Rothbard. Written in the 1950s and early 1960s, hugely influential and kept under wraps for fifty years.
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Murray Rothbard is widely known for his vast literary output, but a great deal of his work has never been published until now. During the late 1950s and early 60s he worked for the William Volker Fund, one of the few organizations willing to fund classical liberal scholars at the time. In that capacity, he wrote memos and reviews that offer insights on history, economics, foreign policy, and political theory.

Rothbard's view and understanding of world events was unique and prescient. Strictly Confidential is an illuminating commentary on the feisty early years of the libertarian movement, and the fledgling intellectual base that became the root of today's libertarianism.

No one tells it like it is better than Rothbard.

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by Patrick Hatten
on 8/2/2012
Candid Rothbard
Murray Rothbard wrote many great academic works such as Man, Economy, & State with Power & Market and An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought. Both of these works are terrific, but I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rothbard in such an open and relaxed form; private letters sent to his benefactors at the Volker Fund. While the majority of these letters were book reviews, Rothbard still provided great insight into their topics. It is also interesting to see Rothbard's views towards the beginning of their evolution. We all know that he coined the term "Anarcho-capitalist" that I proudly use to describe my political views. In the memo "Are Libertarians Anarchists" [which is one of my favorites from the book], Rothbard points out that libertarians are not anarchists nor are they archists; he preferred the term nonarchist. While the terms and labels have changed over time, the idea of self governance stayed the same. This was a highly enjoyable read.
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ISBN 9781933550800
eISBN 9781610163347
Publisher Ludwig von Mises Institute
Publication Date 2010
Binding HC
Page Length 431
Dimensions 6" x 9"

Essential unpublished memos by Rothbard. Written in the 1950s and early 1960s, hugely influential and kept under wraps for fifty years.
Price: $5.00