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153. Book Review | Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard

The Anatomy of the State is a great look into how the modern state operates. It is a guide to understanding how the idea of government has largely been perverted. This book review will dive into the book and the importance of Murray 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 Rothbard

Book Review:

The book is quick and easy to read. It is closer to a pamphlet than it is some large, dense nonfiction work. I liked that there are also plenty of footnotes and citations for you to examine and dive deeper into the topic if you’re interested.

Murray Rothbard:

This book is important largely due to the author, Murray Rothbard. His work is one of the major foundations on Libertarian thought, and if you wish to understand libertarians, it would be good to understand his ideas.

Furthermore, he is the basis for much of the libertarian understanding of economics. For me, he makes a convincing argument for his economic theory that I don’t think people can refute. To understand what we see today, we must look at the figures who brought us here. And, Murray Rothbard is one of those figures.

Grab your copy of Anatomy of the State here.

If you’re looking for an approachable look at a rather complex subject that ties in philosophy, politics, economics, and more – then this book is one you want to read.

More Book Reviews:

And, if you’re interested in learning about other books, I have plenty of other reviews for you. If this book interests you, definitely grab your copy. And while you’re here, check out my list of book reviews to educate yourself on the wide range of topics I cover in the Conversation of Our Generation.

211. Elitism and Prideful Disdain | A Nasty Story by Fyordor Dostoevsky Conversation of Our Generation

In Dostoevsky's Nasty Story, we follow the dreadful evening of a prideful bureaucrat. The story follows Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky, as he decides to crash his subordinate's wedding reception. His reason for doing so, whether he admits it or not, is his pride. And, that's what I want to discuss today: how elitism leads people to pride and a disdain for "common people." What is Elitism? Basically, elitism is the idea that a group of wealthy, powerful people deserve their wealth and power. Even if the elites are born into it, they still feel deserving. And, if they're deserving, then the common people they look down on did something to be undeserving. So, it turns out to create a sort of social, political, and financial caste system. The problem is, the self-proclaimed elites aren't always deserving of the praise they seek. So, it can go wrong for them. Humbling the Elites In the past, I've reviewed Dostoevsky's work, and discussed the neuroticism of his characters. Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky is no exception. Throughout this story, he has this inner dialogue where he'll be held up as a hero of the people. But, the story doesn't go the way he planned it. In the end, he is humbled terribly and it shows that the higher one holds himself up, the further he can fall. Pralinsky's elitist attitude blinded him from reality just as our elites are today. If you want to read it, you can find it for free here. For more book reviews and discussions like these, check out my library. For more on this, click here for the full episode and show notes to Elitism and Prideful Disdain. Subscribe to my podcast, wherever you listen, here>> — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
  1. 211. Elitism and Prideful Disdain | A Nasty Story by Fyordor Dostoevsky
  2. 210. Political Action and the Call to "Do Something"
  3. 209. Breaking the Rules of Philosophy
  4. 208. Failures of Modernity and Rationality
  5. 207. Was Lincoln a Good President?

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