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Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market: Government and Economy

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Murray N. Rothbard's great treatise Man, Economy, and State and its complementary text Power and Market provides a sweeping presentation of Austrian economic theory, a reconstruction of many aspects of that theory, a rigorous criticism of alternative schools, and an inspiring look at a science of liberty that concerns nearly everything and should concern everyone.

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Hardcover, 1441 pages
Published August 13th 2004 by Ludwig Von Mises Institute (first published February 2004)
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Macfall
This book essentially contains the entire discipline of economics, the way it would be taught in a sane and rational world. In Man, Economy, and State, Rothbard builds an impenetrable case for the market economy, from the most basic axiom of purposeful human action to its furthest implications in all types of human interaction. In the appended Power and Market, he demonstrates the destructive nature of political power, and delivers a crushing blow to statism in all its forms.

Rothbard's style is
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David
A masterpiece on economics presented in a logical, well-organized format that establishes basic foundational principals, then builds to define more progressively complex ideas. While much of the work follows the principles of Mises and Human Action: A Treatise on Economics, this work is far more readable and better organized. If you have read Human Action, you must read Man, Economy & State to complete the picture. If you have not read Human Action, you may want to read Rothbard’s work first ...more
Jonathan
Aug 27, 2012 Jonathan is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
After 100 pages, we are still in what is usually called the introduction. Golly if this guy isn't thorough.
Philip Scuderi
If you're only going to read one economics book in your lifetime, this is the one.
Jason Williams
The Truth Shall Set You Free!
Sean Rosenthal
Interesting Quotes:

"Every individual...is constantly engaged in planning. This planning may range from an impressive investment in a new steel plant to a small boy's decision to spend two cents on candy, but it is planning nevertheless. It is erroneous, therefore, to assert that a free market society is 'unplanned'; on the contrary, each individual plans for himself."

-Murray Rothbard, Man, Economy, and State


"[W]hile knowledge is a limit, capital is a narrower limit...[W]hile capital cannot enga
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Eric Sexton
Like all of Rothbard's work, MES is written in crystal clear English. Indeed, Rothbard had a knack for condensing complex economic theories into a much clearer form which is more digestible to the educated layman.

MES essentially spells out the praxeological theory of Ludwig von Mises in much more concise terms. There are, however, some notable divergences from the pure Misesian approach. Foremost of which would be Rothbard's treatment of monopoly and, although it doesn't deal with economics, hi
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Michael
This book is the last of the great Economic Treatises. It builds on the basic praxeological assumption that humans act purposefully and, on this simple foundation, Rothbard constructs an elaborate view of the economy right before the reader's eyes. This book, a classic in the so-called Austrian tradition, is worthwhile to those even outside this school of thought.
Ken Ndirangu
Economics Explained!
This is not just a book on economics, for me it's the ultimate reference guide especially for economic issues involving government, efficiency and the free market system in general. It's logical no maths common sense approach to critically thinking through how the world ought to work.
Zachary Moore
Rothbard's treatise is a must for anyone looking to build a library of Austrian economics. I found his treatment of the problem of monopoly to be novel and convincing as well as his discussion of the nature of psychic gain. A very strong work, lengthy, but easy to read as are most of Rothbard's works.
Mike Lorenzetti


Starts somewhat slow. He really hammers on simple points and seems somewhat emotional about what should be a scientific topic.
He also seems to spend a lot of time taking opposing viewpoints to their extreme in order to refute them as, therefore, nonsensical.
Anthony
Man, Economy, and State is everything one needs to know about austrian economics. Power and Market contains a critique of almost all government intervention. A bible.
Julie
If I were to choose an economy for this temporal world, it would be this one. Amazing!
Geir
If in doubt about the laws of economics and human action, a must-read!
Brian
Fantastic book on Economics. Read it and you'll understand why.
Ricardo Mateus
Best book on economy I've read
Akhil
Very comprehensive esp on Production
Manish Gupta
Truly Amazing! Must read.
Jason
A masterpiece
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Murray Newton Rothbard was an influential American historian, natural law theorist, Aristotelian and economist of the Austrian School who helped define modern libertarianism. Rothbard took the Austrian School's emphasis on spontaneous order and condemnation of central planning to an individualist anarchist conclusion, which he termed "anarcho-capitalism".

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