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Murray N. Rothbard (1926–1995) was dean of the Austrian School. He was an economist, economic historian, and libertarian political philosopher.

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Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Mises’s Contribution to Understanding Business Cycles

In "The Theory of Money and Credit", Mises provided the basics for the long-sought explanation for that mysterious and troubling economic phenomenon — the business cycle, writes Murray Rothbard. This audio Mises Daily is narrated by Robert Hale.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, October 16, 2014
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) How To Have Law Without Legislation

Rothbard explores Bruno Leoni’s call for a return to the ancient traditions and principles of "judge-made law" as a method of limiting the state and insuring liberty. This audio Mises Daily is narrated by Allan Davis.

Murray N. Rothbard Monday, July 14, 2014
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Left, Right, and the Prospects for Liberty

For many who have read this book-length essay, it marked a turning point in a new understanding.

The mainstream will forever attempt to pigeonhole belief systems based on the left-right dichotomy. The right supposedly favors economic freedom plus militarism, while the left favors socialism plus peace. Rothbard says that this breakdown is not only incoherent, it has no support in the history of ideas.

In fact, Rothbard goes further to say that traditionally, the right has been the party of the establishment, of stasis, of the status quo, while the left in history has been the party of progress, freedom, and peace. These roles have periodically reversed based on the times and the country in question. But in these reversals, the intellectual coherence of these paradigms has gotten lost and confused.

Rothbard's broad look is a mind-opening experience. It has the effect of liberating you from the prevailing paradigm.

Rothbard's main task, however, is to provide a completely new and ideologically consistent lens with which to view history and current events.

"For the libertarian, the main task of the present epoch is to cast off his needless and debilitating pessimism, to set his sights on long-run victory and to set about the road to its attainment," he writes. "To do this, he must, perhaps first of all, drastically realign his mistaken view of the ideological spectrum; he must discover who his friends and natural allies are, and above all perhaps, who his enemies are. Armed with this knowledge, let him proceed in the spirit of radical long-run optimism that one of the great figures in the history of libertarian thought, Randolph Bourne, correctly identified as the spirit of youth."

Murray N. Rothbard Monday, January 04, 2010
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 30. Toward a Theory of Strategy for Liberty

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, December 07, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 29. Robert Nozick and the Immaculate Conception of the State

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, November 09, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 28. F.A. Hayek and The Concept of Coercion

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Monday, August 27, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 27. Isaiah Berlin on Negative Freedom

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 26. Utilitarian Free-Market Economics

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, August 10, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 25. On Relations Between States

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, July 13, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 24. The Moral Status of Relations to the State

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, July 13, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 23. The Inner Contradictions of the State

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, July 13, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 22. The Nature of the State

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, July 13, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 21. The "Rights" of Animals

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, July 06, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 20. Lifeboat Situations

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, June 22, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 19. Property Rights and the Theory of Contracts

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, June 22, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 18. The Boycott

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, June 07, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 17. Bribery

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, June 01, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 16. Knowledge, True and False

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, May 25, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 15. "Human Rights" as Property Rights

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, May 18, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 14. Children and Rights

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 13. Punishment and Proportionality

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 29, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 12. Self-Defense

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, March 16, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 11. Land Monopoly, Past and Present

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, March 09, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 10. The Problem of Land Theft

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, March 09, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 9. Property and Criminality

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, February 09, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 8. Interpersonal Relations: Ownership and Aggression

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, February 09, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 7. Interpersonal Relations: Voluntary Exchange

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, February 09, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 6. A Crusoe Social Philosophy

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, February 09, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 5. The Task of Political Philosophy

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, January 12, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 4. Natural Law and Natural Rights

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, January 12, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 3. Natural Law versus Positive Law

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, January 12, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 2. Natural Law as 'Science'

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, January 12, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 1. Natural Law and Reason

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, January 12, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Preface

Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, January 12, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) What Libertarians Should Learn From the Abolitionists

Libertarians must never compromise, even if it means accepting partial victories, writes Murray N. Rothbard. Murray Rothbard (1926–1995) was dean of the Austrian School. He was an economist, economic historian, and libertarian political philosopher. This audio Mises Daily is narrated by Clay Barnett.

Murray N. Rothbard Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 4. The Decline of the Ricardian System, 1820-48 (continued)

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach

Murray N. Rothbard Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 14. The Brilliance of Turgot (continued)

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume I'. Pages 385-412 in the text. Read by Jeff Riggenbach

Murray N. Rothbard Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 14. After Mill: Bastiat and the French laissez-faire Tradition (continued)

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 24, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 14. After Mill: Bastiat and the French laissez-faire Tradition (continued 2)

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 24, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 14. After Mill: Bastiat and the French laissez-faire Tradition

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 24, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 13. The Marxian System, II: The Economics of Capitalism and its Inevitable Demise (continued)

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 24, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 13. The Marxian System, II: The Economics of Capitalism and its Inevitable Demise

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 24, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 12. The Marxian System, I: Historical Materialism and the Class Struggle (continued)

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 24, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 12. The Marxian System, I: Historical Materialism and the Class Struggle

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 24, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 11. Alienation, Unity, and the Dialectic

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 24, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 10. Marx's Vision of Communism (continued)

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 24, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 10. Marx's Vision of Communism

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 24, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 9. Roots of Marxism: Messianic Communism

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 24, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 8. John Stuart Mill and the Reimposition of Ricardian Economics

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Murray N. Rothbard Thursday, March 24, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 7. Monetary and Banking Thought, III: The Struggle Over the Currency School (continued 2)

From 'An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Volume II'. Read by Jeff Riggenbach

Murray N. Rothbard Friday, June 25, 2010
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