segunda-feira, 12 de julho de 2004

A Strategy for Liberty

"Strands and remnants of libertarian doctrines are, indeed, all around us, in large parts of our glorious past and in values and ideas in the confused present. But only libertarianism takes these strands and rem­nants and integrates them into a mighty, logical, and consistent system.

The enormous success of Karl Marx and Marxism has been due not to the validity of his ideas—all of which, indeed, are fallacious—but to the fact that he dared to weave socialist theory into a mighty system.

Liberty cannot succeed without an equivalent and contrasting systematic theory; and until the last few years, despite our great heritage of eco­nomic and political thought and practice, we have not had a fully inte­grated and consistent theory of liberty. We now have that systematic theory; we come, fully armed with our knowledge, prepared to bring our message and to capture the imagination of all groups and strands in the population.

All other theories and systems have clearly failed: socialism is in retreat everywhere, and notably in Eastern Europe; liber­alism has bogged us down in a host of insoluble problems; conservatism has nothing to offer but sterile defense of the status quo.

Liberty has never been fully tried in the modern world; libertarians now propose to fulfill the American dream and the world dream of liberty and prosper­ity for all mankind."

For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, by Murray N. Rothbard, 1973

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