Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Missing Third Volume

Perhaps one of the great disasters of the late twentieth century was the untimely death of Murray N. Rothbard. With Mises living to such a great age, you sort of expected that all the subsequent bearers of the torch would live to similarly ripe old ages. Alas, for the rest of us, Uncle Murray was taken from us at a relatively young age, as compared to Mises and Hayek.

Because you can imagine what fun he would be having now, with Krugman and Co, if he had lived to the hale and hearty age of 84, to lambast these witless Keynesian counterfeiting fantasists, who imagine that real physical wealth can spring from a Zimbabwe-style printing press by adding inky black zeroes to bits of virtually worthless green paper!

Oh, what joy it would have been to watch him skewer these fools.

Oh well. C'est la vie, I suppose.

At least we have his two-volume set of the history of economic thought. But we don't have the third volume, the one in which he planned to do to Keynes what he did to Marx in volume two.

However, we do have Rothbard's audio notes for this missing third volume, in the following series of lectures:

=> The History of Economic Thought: From Marx to Hayek


HT to Paul

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