Six Myths About Libertarianism

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Six Myths About Libertarianism
by Murray N. Rothbard

This article, first published in _Modern Age_, 24, 1 (Winter 1980), pp.
9-15, as "Myth and Truth About Libertarianism," is based on a paper
presented at the April 1979 national meeting of the Philadelphia Society
in Chicago. The theme of the meeting was "Conservatism and

LIBERTARIANISM is the fastest growing political creed in America today.
Before judging and evaluating libertarianism, it is vitally important to
find out precisely what that doctrine is, and, more particularly, what
it is not. It is especially important to clear up a number of
misconceptions about libertarianism that are held by most people, and
particularly by conservatives. In this essay I shall enumerate and
critically analyze the most common myths that are held about
libertarianism. When these are cleared away, people will then be able to
discuss libertarianism free of egregious, myths and misconceptions, and
to deal with it as it should be - on its very own merits or demerits.

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