For Rothbard week, we asked some of our writers and scholars to talk about why Rothbard is worth remembering. Here’s what they had to say.
March 2 marks the birth of Murray Rothbard. Given his importance to the cause of liberty, that makes it a date worth recalling the man and his work. In fact, I have done that in the past, recalling some of what I find are some of his most inspiring words.
But not long ago, my research led me to something that made me think of another way to remember Rothbard. When working on an article about Frank Chodorov, I came across a couple of quotes about him from Rothbard, whom he greatly influenced. He said, “I shall never forget the profound thrill—a thrill of intellectual liberation—that ran through me when I first encountered the name of Frank Chodorov,” and called his analysis as “one of the best, though undoubtedly the most neglected, of the ‘little magazines’ that has ever been published in the United States.”
That’s when it struck me that when most are insufficiently aware of the libertarian influences of the past, it might be worth honoring Rothbard by connecting him to those who influenced him. Perhaps that would send more people in those directions as well.
So who, other than Frank Chodorov, would go on that list? According to Justin Raimondo, that list included Albert Jay Nock, Garet Garrett, Isabel Paterson, H.L. Mencken, and Ludwig von Mises. In fact, Rothbard was so influenced by Mises’s Human Action that the Volker Fund hired Rothbard to write a textbook explaining it in a form usable for introducing college students to Mises’ views, which ultimately became Man, Economy,
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