Murray Rothbard: Separating Education and the State Beyond Left and Right

  • Kevin Currie-Knight
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)


Murray (1926–1995) Rothbard was an anarchist economist in the “Austrian School” tradition who believed the market could replace all social functions currently supplied by governments. Rothbard viewed the state as an agency that sought to obtain and retain power over citizens; state education was an instrument toward this goal. (In this, he shared much in common with education critics of the New Left) He argued that markets in educational services were justified because markets avoided coercion against individuals as well as forced standardization of instruction for all. Rothbard believed there was no role the state should play in education.

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  • Kevin Currie-Knight
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  1. 1.East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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