No Image Available

Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature, and Other Essays

 Author: Murray N. Rothbard  Category: Other Books  Published: 1974  File Size: 1.2 MB  Download

Egalitarianism as a Revolt against Nature, and Other Essays is vital reading for anyone interested in the thought of Murray Rothbard. The book is his comprehensive effort to present libertarianism as a “science of liberty.” In order to grasp libertarianism as a worldview, he argues, we must take hold of a fundamental fact.

As he makes clear in the book’s title essay, “Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature,” libertarianism rests on the incontrovertible fact that people are different. Procrustean efforts to impose equality are inimical to liberty. This has not prevented egalitarianism from being the dominant ideology of our age. The court intellectuals support it, but they have no arguments to defend their views, which go against human nature.

Not only is equality unnatural; it contravenes the division of labor, the most important cause of a productive economy. Rothbard points out in “Freedom, Inequality, Primitivism, and the Division of Labor” that the division of labor depends on differences among people: an economic system based on persons who specialize in producing what they can do best vastly outstrips a society where everyone does the same work. To enforce equality is to ensure a society that can function at only a primitive level. Some leftist intellectuals, bemoaning the “alienation” of the free market, have embraced this consequence. They are, Rothbard holds, the victims of a Romantic myth. Contrary to the views of Karl Polanyi and other proponents of such fantasies, pre-industrial society was no Arcadian Utopia.

The free market, based on peaceful cooperation and productive exchange, is the key to a free and prosperous society. What stands in its way? In his classic “Anatomy of the State,” Rothbard answers that the State is a predatory institution derailing the efforts of people to lead their own lives. Precisely the key task of libertarianism is to combat the State’s nefarious activities, in so doing exposing the State as inherently oppressive. In these efforts to combat the State, the battle against egalitarianism, the prime ideology of the State’s court intellectuals, assumes prime importance.

In the struggle against the State, Rothbard suggests a concentration of effort. As he points out in “War, Peace, and the State,” war has been the principal means by which the State has extended its power. Libertarians must resolutely favor a strictly defensive foreign policy and must oppose all global crusading. This ought to be our primary focus in political action.

The book contains a wide variety of other essays, all written with Rothbard’s vast knowledge and acute insight. If you want to get a sense of Murray Rothbard as a thinker, this book is a good place to begin.

Other Books From - Other Books

No Image Available Envy: A Theory of Social Behaviour Other Books Helmut Schoeck
No Image Available The Open Society and Its Enemies Other Books Karl Popper
No Image Available Social Statics Other Books Herbert Spencer
No Image Available The Wealth of Nations Other Books Adam Smith
No Image Available The Theory of Moral Sentiments Other Books Adam Smith
No Image Available On Liberty Other Books John Stuart Mill
No Image Available Second Treatise of Government Other Books John Locke
No Image Available The Calculus of Consent Other Books James Buchanan
No Image Available Capitalism and Freedom Other Books Milton Friedman

Other Books By - Murray N. Rothbard

No Image Available Economic Thought Before Adam Smith Other Books Murray N. Rothbard
No Image Available What Has Government Done to Our Money? Liberty.me Books Murray N. Rothbard
No Image Available The Politics of Étienne de La Boétie Other Books Murray N. Rothbard
No Image Available The Panic of 1819: Reactions and Policies Other Books Murray N. Rothbard
No Image Available The Origins of the Federal Reserve Other Books Murray N. Rothbard
No Image Available The Irrepressible Rothbard Other Books Murray N. Rothbard
No Image Available The Essential von Mises Other Books Murray N. Rothbard
No Image Available The Case Against the Fed Other Books Murray N. Rothbard


Featured Product

Join Us