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Rothbard on the Confused Intellectuals

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Published on Oct 12, 2011

An excerpt from a speech called "The Current State of World Affairs" by Murray Rothbard - Q & A. Recorded at the 1989 Texas State Libertarian Conference.

"The coming struggle will be over interventionism. Some kind of statism, quasi-fascism. The full socialism has had it, except from some say professors."

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"Nearly all philosophers today are paid out of taxes. They live off money stolen or confiscated from others. If your livelihood depends on taxes you will likely not oppose the institution of taxation on principal grounds. Of course this is not necessarily the case. Our "consciousness" is not determined by our "Sein," a la Marx.

However, any such opposition is not very likely. Indeed, as most "intellectuals," philosophers typically suffer from an over-inflated ego. They believe to do work of great importance and resent the fact that "society" does not compensate them accordingly. Hence, if the issue of taxation is not simply ignored by them, philosophers have been at the forefront of coming up with tortured attempts of justifying taxes - of masquerading theft as something "good" - and in particular their own, tax-funded philosopher salaries."

~ Hans-Hermann Hoppe (http://economics.org.au/2011/03/hoppe...).

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