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Further Reading for Lew Rockwell’s ‘Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto’

June 12, 2014 in Economics

By Mises Updates



by Lew Rockwell

Anyone wanting to learn more about anarcho-capitalism could do no better than to begin with two books by Murray Rothbard, For a New Liberty and The Ethics of Liberty. The first of these diagnoses what is wrong with the regime of state domination: the second describes in substantial detail how the anarchist alternative would work. (For that matter, anything written by Rothbard is highly recommended.) Hans-Hermann Hoppe has edited a collection, The Myth of National Defense, which refutes the myth that an anarchist society could not adequately defend itself.

For more detail on the fascist character of the present American regime, see my Fascism vs. Capitalism. John T. Flynn’s World War II classic As We Go Marching has not lost its relevance. Readers will find an excellent account of the war system and the history of American foreign policy in a book by the great historian Ralph Raico, Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal. Raico’s Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School should not be missed. Tom DiLorenzo’s The Real Lincoln is vital for understanding the growth of the State during the War Between the States, and for its skeptical account of Abraham Lincoln, a false god promoted by the State’s propagandists. Robert Higgs ties together the war system and the growth of the State in his monumental Crisis and Leviathan.

Ron Paul has been the foremost opponent of the Fed in Congress, and his The Case for Gold explains what a free market money system would be like. Murray Rothbard’s What Has Government Done to Our Moneyis indispensable.

Ludwig von Mises definitely refuted socialism and interventionism in Socialism. Mises’s analysis of fascism as a form of socialism in Planning for Freedom underlies the treatment of fascism in this book. Hans Hoppe’s A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism argues that all interference with the free market is in reality a form of socialism.

Finally, everybody should read two classics of libertarian anarchism: Franz Oppenheimer,The State and Albert Jay Nock, Our Enemy, the State.

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