Murray N. Rothbard
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 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
Section One: Method
- The Mantle of Science
- What is the Proper Way to Study Man?
- Praxeology as the Method of the Social Sciences
- Praxeology: The Methodology of Austrian Economics
- Praxeology, Value Judgments, and Public Policy
- In Defense of “Extreme Apriorism”
- Praxeology: Reply to Mr. Schuller
- The Hermeneutical Invasion of Philosophy and Economics
- New Light on the Prehistory of the Austrian School
- The Present State of Austrian Economics
- Ludwig von Mises and the Paradigm for Our Age
- Value Implications of Economic Theory
- The Myth of Efficiency
- Breaking Out of the Walrasian Box: Schumpeter and Hansen
- Professor Rolph on the Discounted Marginal Productivity Theory
- Professor Kirzner on Entrepreneurship
- Toward a Reconstruction of Utility and Welfare Economics
- The Politics of Political Economists
- Justice and Property Rights
- Law, Property Rights, and Air Pollution
- The Fallacy of the “Public Sector”
- Statistics: Achilles’s Heel of Government
- How and How Not to Desocialize
- The Myth of Neutral Taxation
- The Myth of Tax “Reform”
- The Consumption Tax: A Critique
- The Case Against the Flat Tax
- The Uneasy Case for Degressive Taxation: A Critique of Blum and Kalven
- The Single Tax: Economic and Moral Implications
- The Value-Added Tax is Not the Answer
- A Reply to Georgist Criticisms
- Freedom, Inequality, Primitivism, and the Division of Labor
- Restrictionist Pricing of Labor
- Mercantilism: A Lesson for Our Times?
- Capitalism versus Statism
- A Future of Peace and Capitalism
- The Austrian Theory of Money
- Money, the State, and Modern Mercantilism
- Austrian Definitions of the Supply of Money
- Gold vs. Fluctuating Fiat Exchange Rates
- The Case For a Genuine Gold Dollar
- Inflation and the Business Cycle: The Collapse of the Keynesian Paradigm
- Lange, Mises and Praxeology: The Retreat from Marxism
- Ludwig von Mises and Economic Calculation Under Socialism
- The End of Socialism and the Calculation Debate Revisited
- The Myth of Free Banking in Scotland
- Aurophobia: Or, Free Banking on What Standard?
- Milton Friedman Unraveled
- Paul Samuelson’s Economics, Ninth Edition
- Heilbroner’s Economic Means and Social Ends
- Buchanan and Tullock’s The Calculus of Consent
Section Two: The Austrian School
Section Three: Property and the Public Sector
Section Four: Taxation
Section Five: Trade and Freedom
Section Six: Money, Banking, and Calculation
Section Seven: Criticism