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  • The Ethics of Liberty
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  • Murray N. Rothbard
  • 2015
  • Published by: NYU Press
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The authoritative text on the libertarian political position

In recent years, libertarian impulses have increasingly influenced national and economic debates, from welfare reform to efforts to curtail affirmative action. Murray N. Rothbard's classic The Ethics of Liberty stands as one of the most rigorous and philosophically sophisticated expositions of the libertarian political position.

Rothbard’s unique argument roots the case for freedom in the concept of natural rights and applies it to a host of practical problems. And while his conclusions are radical—that a social order that strictly adheres to the rights of private property must exclude the institutionalized violence inherent in the state—Rothbard’s applications of libertarian principles prove surprisingly practical for a host of social dilemmas, solutions to which have eluded alternative traditions.

The Ethics of Liberty authoritatively established the anarcho-capitalist economic system as the most viable and the only principled option for a social order based on freedom. This classic book’s radical insights are sure to inspire a new generation of readers.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xliv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xlv-xlvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xlvii-xlx
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  1. Part I: Introduction: Natural Law
  1. 1. Natural Law and Reason
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 2. Natural Law as "Science"
  2. pp. 9-16
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  1. 3. Natural Law versus Positive Law
  2. pp. 17-20
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  1. 4. Natural Law and Natural Rights
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. 5. The Task of Political Philosophy
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Part II: A Theory of Liberty
  1. 6. A Crusoe Social Philosophy
  2. pp. 27-34
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  1. 7. Interpersonal Relations: Voluntary Exchange
  2. pp. 35-44
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  1. 8. Interpersonal Relations: Ownership and Aggression
  2. pp. 45-50
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  1. 9. Property and Criminality
  2. pp. 51-62
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  1. 10. The Problem of Land Theft
  2. pp. 63-68
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  1. 11. Land Monopoly, Past and Present
  2. pp. 69-76
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  1. 12. Self-Defense
  2. pp. 77-84
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  1. 13. Punishment and Proportionality
  2. pp. 85-96
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  1. 14. Children and Rights
  2. pp. 97-112
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  1. 15. "Human Rights" As Property Rights
  2. pp. 113-120
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  1. 16. Knowledge, True and False
  2. pp. 121-128
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  1. 17. Bribery
  2. pp. 129-130
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  1. 18. The Boycott
  2. pp. 131-132
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  1. 19. Property Rights and the Theory of Contracts
  2. pp. 133-148
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  1. 20. Lifeboat Situations
  2. pp. 149-154
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  1. 21. The "Rights" of Animals
  2. pp. 155-158
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  1. Part III: The State Versus Liberty
  1. 22. The Nature of the State
  2. pp. 159-174
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  1. 23. The Inner Contradictions of the State
  2. pp. 175-182
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  1. 24. The Moral Status of Relations to the State
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. 25. On Relations Between States
  2. pp. 189-198
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  1. Part IV: Modern Alternative Theories of Liberty
  1. 26. Utilitarian Free-Market Economics
  2. pp. 199-214
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  1. 27. Isaiah Berlin on Negative Freedom
  2. pp. 215-218
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  1. 28. F.A. Hayek and The Concept of Coercion
  2. pp. 219-230
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  1. 29. Robert Nozick and the Immaculate Conception of the State
  2. pp. 231-254
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  1. Part V: Toward a Theory of Strategy for Liberty
  1. 30. Toward a Theory of Strategy for Liberty
  2. pp. 255-274
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 275-294
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 295-308
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