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The Left, The Right, & The Stat Llewellyn H. Jr. Rockwell (February 22, 2013)

Author: Llewellyn H. Rock­well, Jr.
Subject: Anarchism; Politics; Government; Libertarian; Austrian; Economics; Democrat; Socialism; Communism; Fascism; Dictatorship
Language: English
Collection: opensource_media


Lew Rockwell's new manifesto is a clarion

call—creative and thought-provoking on every page—for a principled

liberty in our time. There are very few books in which you can open up

any page and immediately find a quotable and inspiring passage that will

make you think hard, laugh out loud, or see things a completely new

way. This is certainly one of them.

He covers every topic related to economics and politics, from the

business cycle, to trade, to the drug war, to environmentalism. His

central thesis is that the threat to liberty comes from both the Left

and the Right, and that neither really offers a consistent way out. The

real problem is much deeper than either the Right or the Left

recognizes. It is the institution of the state itself, which everyone

seems to want to use to his own philosophical advantage.

The problem, he writes, is not that we have chosen the wrong flavor

of public policy but that we have public policy at all. All forms of

policy—decisions made by state institutions that affect the uses of

private property according to political priorities—amount to invasions

of liberty. Relentlessly moving from left-wing to right-wing and back to

left-wing policy is not progress; it means continued movement down the

road to serfdom.

Beautifully edited and pristinely argued, this is a work in applied

Austro-libertarian theory, tracking issues and headlines as they occur

and bringing the light of logic and evidence to bear on the question at

hand. The articles collected can be read in a matter of five minutes

each, and they are organized along topical lines.

He is especially good in dealing with issues of national crisis, such

as weather disasters, terrorist attacks, and economic downturns. He

shows that liberty is more important in these times than any other. And

while others back away during these times, he has consistently been out

front, calling for peace when the masses are screaming for war, calling

for freedom when the politicians demand a crackdown, and urging a free

market when everyone else seems to be clamoring for state solutions.

If you have read Lew Rockwell's articles and speeches over the years

and wished for a single collection, it has finally arrived in a

beautifully bound hardback that is a real treasure to own and study. It

makes a lasting impact.

Rockwell is the founder and president of the Mises Institute, and the

editor of his own site He has played an important role

in the shaping of libertarian theory for a quarter of a century. This

book shows how and why. Subtle, radical, and compelling, Rockwell's book

is a great addition to the legendary literature of political


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