Rothbard's The Ethics of Liberty Finale with Roberta Modugno

Professor Roberta Modugno joins the show to finish our look at Rothbard’s seminal treatise on normative libertarianism, The Ethics of Liberty. Dr. Modugno elaborates on Rothbard’s disagreements with Mises regarding ethical justifications for a free society, and defends his uncompromising views on the nature of the state. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: Rothbard’s The Ethics of Liberty Dr. Modugno’s Rothbard vs. The Philosophers Dr. Modugno’s “How I Discovered Murray Rothbard” Source link

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An “Open Mind” Is of No Use When It’s Open to Lies

In our world, there is very little people agree upon. One thing that seems to be an exception is that having an open mind is almost universally well regarded, while having a closed mind is almost universally criticized. However, such rhetoric presumes that what we are open or closed to is the truth. That leads to some problems of understanding, because we are routinely exposed to a great deal of nonsense, which we do not want to be open to, as well as truth. That is particularly important to understand…

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Privatize the Police | Mises Wire

Abolition of the public sector means, of course, that all pieces of land, all land areas, including streets and roads, would be owned privately, by individuals, corporations, cooperatives, or any other voluntary groupings of individuals and capital. The fact that all streets and land areas would be private would by itself solve many of the seemingly insoluble problems of private operation. What we need to do is to reorient our thinking to consider a world in which all land areas are privately owned. Let us take, for example, police protection. How would…

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The Feds Collect Most of the Taxes in America—So They Have Most of the Power

In 2021, it’s clear Americans now have thrown off any notions of subsidiarity and instead embraced the idea that the federal government should be called upon to fund pretty much anything and everything. From “stimulus checks” to “paycheck protection,” it’s assumed an entire national workforce can be propped up by federal spending. Moreover, in the wake of 2020’s Covid Recession, every pressure group from local governments to weapons manufacturers looks to the federal government to offer ever larger amounts of federal spending ladled out from the federal pot of more than six…

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Pregnant Woman Tries to Comply with Police Orders, Then the Cop Attacks Her

Pregnant Nicole Harper was doing what she was supposed to do: she was slowing down and signaling that she was looking for a safe place to pull over. That’s when a state trooper decided to flip her car over.  Original Article: “Pregnant Woman Tries to Comply with Police Orders, Then the Cop Attacks Her” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Source link

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The Drive for Regulatory Harmonization

Contemporary social and economic affairs take place within a bewildering complex of regulatory restrictions and requirements. Already profuse beyond comprehension, the labyrinth grows ever more extensive. In the United States, at the federal level alone, the 4,000 to 5,000 new final rules put in place each year require some 20,000 pages of the Federal Register for their official promulgation (Clyde Wayne Crews, Jr., Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Policymaker’s Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State [Washington, D.C.: Competitive Enterprise Institute, March 1999], 14–15). Simultaneously, the 50 states, 3,043 counties, 19,279…

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