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Economic Controversies

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After Murray Rothbard finished his theoretical magnum opus - Man, Economy, and State - he turned his attention away from pure positive theory toward dealing with the opposition to Austrian theory. The result was a long series of fantastic scholarly articles taking on every error of the day, and our day too.

Together they form a volume 2 of his great work. This is Economic

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Hardcover, 997 pages
Published 2011 by Ludwig von Mises Institute
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Lord Miller
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rothbard is a brilliant economist and does not suffer fools. He is bombastic, erudite, humorous, and wields the logic of economic analysis, especially within the Austrian tradition, like a war-hammer. He crushes all foes and explains in painstaking detail the severe consequences of rejecting economic law based upon nothing more than good intentions. Rothbard also distinguishes the limits of utilitarian ethics as typified by his mentor and economic master Ludwig von Mises and shows the ad hoc nor ...more
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Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This book, by comparing non-Austrian methods/theories with that of the Misesian approach, did a lot to fill in some of the gaps I still had after reading the major economic works. I highly recommend this book (which can be read free on the Mises website) to anyone (Austrian or not) who wants to deepen their economic understanding.
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I picked up this book as I needed to know more about the concept of indifference related to my thesis. It has some good material but unfortunately at some point I found it uninteresting. So, I just put it down.
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Murray Newton Rothbard was an influential American historian, natural law theorist 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".