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    For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto is a book by Murray Rothbard, first published in 1973. It presents libertarianism from both a theoretical (non-agression axiom, property rights, etc.) and practical standpoint, suggesting how to apply the theory to deal with societal and economic problems. Its second edition published in 1978, replaced the original first chapter, "The New Libertarian Movement", with a historical background titled "The Libertarian Heritage: The American Revolution and Classical Liberalism".

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    Ownership and Ideas, by Sheldon Richman, The Goal Is Freedom, 12 Sep 2014
    Critiques some statements made by Murray Rothbard, in For a New Liberty (1973), about ownership of created products and the appropriateness of others copying such products
    While rereading For a New Liberty (first published in 1973) recently, I confess I was puzzled ... Here's the passage that had me scratching my head:
    Let us waive, for the moment, the question of original property rights in the clay and the sculptor's tools. The question then becomes: Who owns the work of art as it emerges from the sculptor's fashioning? ... He has placed the stamp of his person upon the raw material, by "mixing his labor" with the clay, in the phrase of ... John Locke. And the product transformed by his own energy has become the material embodiment of the sculptor's ideas and vision.
    "The Police Force Is Watching the People", by Sheldon Richman, The Goal Is Freedom, 22 Aug 2014
    Argues that the facts are crucial when identifying "the agressor and victim in particular cases" such as occurred in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and separately, that the role of police forces must be re-examined
    Political philosophy ... can't identify the aggressor and victim in particular cases; relevant empirical information is required. Murray Rothbard wrote in For A New Liberty:
    If, for example, we see X seizing a watch in the possession of Y we cannot automatically assume that X is aggressing against Y's right of property in the watch; for may not X have been the original, "true" owner of the watch who can therefore be said to be repossessing his own legitimate property? In order to decide, we need a theory of justice in property, a theory that will tell us whether X or Y or indeed someone else is the legitimate owner.
    Rothbard, Murray (1926-1995), by Brian Doherty, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
    Biographical and bibliographical essay
    In 1973, Rothbard published For a New Liberty, a manifesto of libertarianism. That book presented an overview of his complete political vision, explaining how a strictly rights-based anarchist society could function and still meet all the social needs that are now met by government, from roads to defense to justice. (Rothbard credited the 19th-century Belgian author Gustave de Molinari as the intellectual father of this individualist anarchist view, which encompassed justice and defense.) Rothbard rejected Mises's utilitarian ethics as an insufficient basis for a consistent libertarianism.
    Rothbard's For a New Liberty, by Sheldon Richman, The Goal Is Freedom, 16 May 2014
    Review of For a New Liberty (1973) with emphasis on Rothbard's discussion of the nonaggression axiom and natural rights
    In 1973 ... Murray Rothbard issued a comprehensive popular presentation of the libertarian philosophy in For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, first published by the mainstream publisher Macmillan. The book is an excellent discussion of libertarian principles and applications ... "Emotivists," he wrote, "assert that they take liberty or nonaggression as their premise purely on subjective, emotional grounds." He was undoubtedly dissatisfied with that "foundation" ... Anyone eager to understand the rich libertarian philosophy and heritage could do no better than to begin with For a New Liberty.

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    For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, by Murray Rothbard, 1973
    Partial contents: The Libertarian Heritage - Property and Exchange - The State - The Problems - Involuntary Servitude - Personal Liberty - Education - Welfare and the Welfare State - The Public Sector - War and Foreign Policy - A Strategy for Liberty
    Related Topics: Libertarianism, Liberty