"THE IDEA OF A LIMITED GOVERNMENT HAS PROVED TO BE UTOPIAN; SOME OTHER, MORE RADICAL MEANS MUST BE FOUND TO PREVENT THE GROWTH OF THE AGGRESSIVE STATE": FIRST EDITION OF FOR A NEW LIBERTY, BOLDLY SIGNED BY MURRAY ROTHBARD
ROTHBARD, Murray. For a New Liberty. New York: Macmillan, (1973). Octavo, original dark pink cloth, original dust jacket. $7200.
First edition of the work hailed as the libertarian manifesto, signed by Rothbard, a seminal work credited with launching the modern libertarian movement in the United States and explaining the economic merits of free market anarchy.
A student and colleague of Ludwig von Mises—the "uncontested dean of the Austrian School of economics" (ANB), and to whom, along with Thomas Jefferson and Charles Holt Campbell, this volume is dedicated—"Rothbard created the modern libertarian movement" (Wendy McElroy). "For A New Liberty gives the reader the invigorating feeling of contact with a truly original, razor-sharp mind. It's a seminal work, rich in insights and novel arguments. And it's written in a lively, vigorous style that makes most other political writing seem dreadfully dull and stodgy by comparison. How important is For A New Liberty? Let's put it this way: every serious libertarian—indeed, anyone who is at all interested in libertarianism—must be familiar with this book. It is that essential. If a copy of For A New Liberty—preferably worn with wear from repeated readings—is not on your bookshelf, or your friends' bookshelves, remedy that grave omission now" (Scientific American). "First Printing" stated on copyright page.
A fine signed copy.