Crack a Book
a New Liberty
is no longer required reading; there's a significant chunk of the
younger generation that, however radical they might be, have never
cracked a book by Rothbard…."
So said a recent
blogger in defense of a movement that seeks to gut libertarianism
of its attachment to principle. And if that's your goal, you surely
need to do everything possible to keep people from reading this
For this book
inspires revolutionary thought – and action. It impresses upon the
reader the moral and practical urgency of liberty in our time. A
person who has read it never sees the problems of human society,
politics, and economics the same way.
What the blogger
didn't mention is that the book has been out of print for many years,
and very difficult to come by – and so its influence might have
it remained the standard bearer of libertarian thought. This book
alone succeeded in fully integrating political philosophy, economics,
history, and practical applications. It is shot through with courageous
stands on every issue he deals with, even the difficult problems
of public goods, war and peace, and inflation and the business cycle.
The good news
is that since the Mises Institute published it this year, it has
reentered the consciousness of the present generation of students.
Have you read
it? Do you know a student who needs exposure to the libertarian
way of thinking? It
is available exclusively through the Mises Institute, in a handsome
hardbound edition, for $27.
© 2006 Ludwig von Mises Institute