The Ethics of Liberty Hardcover – 1 May 1998
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"This case study is fascinating in part because of the richness of its sources."
-"The Journal of American History",
"This is microhistory at its best. Baer has selected a single event and brilliantly used it to explore the larger culture and society of the time. With great clarity and insight Baer has investigated multicultural issues of language and the assimilation of immigrants that are as relevant for us today as they were to Americans two centuries ago. This is a very important and timely book."-Gordon S. Wood, Brown University
"Vividly recreates this fascinating inter-ethnic group controversy about the meaning of language for culture and citizenship in the early republic."
-"American Historical Review",
"[A]s Baer explains in this excellent microhistory of the church community, [fights] over church governance and religious practice were significant in early republican Philadelphia... Baer wisely shrinks from making an easy conclusion about this fight between two factions in one community, both of which had a good cause for concern about their place and future in the new nation. In doing so, Baer has shed light on the dynamic processes by which immigrants--of all ethnicities--have fought to live together in the United States."-Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography,
"Baer presents the larger history of the congregational conflict, which began long before the trial and continued long afterwards. She also exposes the thick complexity of the conflict, which involved competing understandings of citizenship in the new American republic. Hers is at once a social, cultural, and religious history."
About the Author
The author of numerous books, the late Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) was the S. J. Hall Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Academic Vice President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
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Moving on to human rights in general, Rothbard makes a compelling case for human rights as property rights, revisiting the famous question as to whether one has the right to shout 'fire' in a crowded cinema.
The book also contains an excellent analysis of the nature of the state and its inner contradictions. Here, Rothbard reminds us how difficult it is to frame a definition of robbery that does not also include taxation.
In conclusion, he presents us with a useful review of some other modern theories of liberty, among them the ideas of Hayek, Nozick and Berlin.
Rothbard's writing is always lively, challenging and provocative and if liberty means anything to you, then this is a book that you will not find easy to put down.
If you want to read something good by Rothbard, I would strongly recommend his earlier works and not this.
Once you've read it, you will not see society the same way. A great eye opener. Great book!