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For a New Liberty: Libertarian Manifesto Hardcover – Jun 1973


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  • Hardcover: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Collier Macmillan Ltd (Jun. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0026053004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0026053006
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 26 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
Most people today think that the government is both good and necessary. Rothbard demolishes both these propositions.
Rothbard first outlines the classical liberal theory of human rights,that each person is an end in himself with a right to their life, liberty and property which trumps any claim about the "good of society". He then shows how governments, which are supposedly set up to protect these rights, have always and everywhere been their chief violators.
By insisting that the government be subject to the same moral standards as individuals Rothbard shows that warfare is murder, conscription is slavery and taxation is robbery.
Having proven the immorality of the state Rothbard then goes on to show how unnecessary it is, and indeed how much better off we'd all be without it. He shows how private charity would provide for the poor (not that there'd be many) in a free market society better than the "welfare-warfare state" forever dispelling the myth that socialism is the best way to relieve poverty (and that socialism in fact causes and perpetuates the misery it is supposed to cure).
He also demonstrates how protection from crime could be supplied more effectively and more morally by private security and courts than is currently supplied by the government monopoly of these services.
For a new liberty explains how all manner of services might be provided without coercive government including schooling, roads, environmental protection and economic stability.
Rothbard has a tremendous talent for destroying many of your preconceptions and will forever change the way you look at society and the state, at every point demonstrating an extraordinary depth of scholarship and clarity of thought which will leave you wondering how you didn't "get it" before.
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By Customer on 21 July 2014
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Within these pages you will find a simple, logical and uncomprimising destruction of the states moral claim to mould and control the individual.

In an era of increasing economic intervention, state surveillance and nonsense laws - this is essential reading.

For the price of a Big Mac meal £3.21 ($5.50): my perspective is forever changed.
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2013
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So there is only one way to tell if we are real Libertarians. This is the book. This book is not radical except to those who are kaffeeklatch Libertarians. As we read this book it clarifies what we were already thinking. It is just nice to see it organized and spoken about. Normally we do not mark up good books but in this case if our high liter does not go dry, we missed something.

One of my favorites is:
As we have seen, police service is not "free"; it is paid for by the taxpayer, and the taxpayer is very often the poor person himself. He may vary well be paying more in taxes for police now then he would in fees to privet, and far more efficient, police companies.
Well if we made it through the book, we are the real things.

If not you still have a chance to be radical and confuse everyone with "A Piece of the Action" by Louis O. Kelso. If you can't find it, then "Democracy and Economic Power: Extending the ESOP Revolution Through Binary Economics"

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By Jill on 11 May 2013
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Been meaning to buy this book for ages. This edition and special price was irrestible! I can even read it without glasses.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
So there is only one way to tell if we are real Libertarians. This is the book. This book is not radical except to those who are kaffeeklatch Libertarians. As we read this book it clarifies what we were already thinking. It is just nice to see it organized and spoken about. Normally we do not mark up good books but in this case if our high liter does not go dry, we missed something.

One of my favorites is:

As we have seen, police service is not "free"; it is paid for by the taxpayer, and the taxpayer is very often the poor person himself. He may vary well be paying more in taxes for police now then he would in fees to privet, and far more efficient, police companies.

Well if we made it through the book, we are the real things.

If not you still have a chance to be radical and confuse everyone with "A Piece of the Action" by Louis O. Kelso. If you can't find it, then "Democracy and Economic Power: Extending the ESOP Revolution Through Binary Economics"
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