Economic Controversies

Murray N. Rothbard


Economic Controversies

Economic Controversies

  • Title: Economic Controversies
  • Author: Murray N. Rothbard
  • ISBN: 9781933550961
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover



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 EconomicAfter 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 Controversies He covers the same range of topics in Man, Economy, and State Most all have been published, but they are strewn out among journals that are hard to access or books that are out of print Some have never been published Rothbard gives his all in these critiques of the opponents of Austrian theory and policy, slicing through fallacies with breathtaking virtuosity It s a model of intellectual combat, page after page of razor sharp thinking and crystal clear prose To have this all in one place, beautifully organized, creates a treasure in the history of economic ideas Gene Epstein of Barron s writes the outstanding introduction The price is thrillingly affordable for this gigantic hardback Introduction by Gene Epstein


Recent Comments "Economic Controversies"

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 [...]

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.

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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