Quotation Explorer - 'Murray N. Rothbard'

It is in war that the State really comes into its own: swelling in power, in number, in pride, in absolute dominion over the economy and the society. - Murray N. Rothbard
Taxation is theft, purely and simply even though it is theft on a grand and colossal scale which no acknowledged criminals could hope to match. It is a compulsory seizure of the property of the State’s inhabitants, or subjects. - Murray N. Rothbard
Libertarianism holds that the only proper role of violence is to defend person and property against violence, that any use of violence that goes beyond such just defense is itself aggressive, unjust, and criminal - Murray N. Rothbard
There are two and only two ways that any economy can be organized. One is by freedom and voluntary choice—the way of the market. The other is by force and dictation—the way of the State. - Murray N. Rothbard
The very term ‘public utility’ is an absurd one. Every good is useful ‘to the public,’ and almost every good may be considered ‘necessary.’ Any designation of a few industries as ‘public utilities’ is completely arbitrary and unjustified. - Murray N. Rothbard
It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance. - Murray N. Rothbard
Whenever someone starts talking about 'fair competition' or indeed, about 'fairness' in general, it is time to keep a sharp eye on your wallet, for it is about to be picked. - Murray N. Rothbard
Libertarians make no exceptions to the golden rule and provide no moral loophole, no double standard, for government. - Murray N. Rothbard
Capitalism is the fullest expression of anarchism, and anarchism is the fullest expression of capitalism. Not only are they compatible, but you can't really have one without the other. True anarchism will be capitalism, and true capitalism will be anarchism - Murray N. Rothbard
I define anarchist society as one where there is no legal possibility for coercive aggression against the person or property of any individual. - Murray N. Rothbard
Free-market capitalism is a network of free and voluntary exchanges in which producers work, produce, and exchange their products for the products of others through prices voluntarily arrived at. - Murray N. Rothbard
It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are being forced to pay the cost. - Murray N. Rothbard
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