I spent a fair amount of time yesterday afternoon copying a ton of excerpts from Murray Rothbard’s Power & Market and populating my queue.
Power & Market (which was originally intended as the last chapters in Man, Economy, and State but the publisher considered it too controversial) is not Rothbard’s most popular work but certainly deserves its place among Rothbard’s best - including his masterpiece and my personal favorite, Ethics of Liberty (not to mention For a New Liberty, Man, Economy, and State, Anatomy of the State, America’s Great Depression, and… well, there are many).
Throughout, he offers brilliant rebuttals to statist arguments, both those in support of the state and against free market/libetrarian/anarcho-capitalist principles and ideas. The state is shown as not only unnecessary but antithetical to a free and prosperous society. It’s terrific stuff (and what I aim to do in all the disagreements/discussions featured in my “riposte" tag). After having reread it yet again a few weeks ago, I felt it needed sharing. Expect some daily Rothbard for a while.