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Publisher's Summary

Murray Rothbard was known as the state's greatest living enemy, and this book is his most powerful statement on the topic. He explains what a state is and what it is not. He shows how it is an institution that violates all that we hold as honest and moral, and how it operates under a false cover. He shows how the state wrecks freedom, destroys civilization, and threatens all lives and property and social wellbeing, all under the veneer of "good intentions".

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A highly informative book.

A great explanation of how the state is self perpetuating through coercion and enslavement of its citizens.

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  • Andrew G.
  • 20-06-2018

Required reading

Everyone everywhere should read Anatomy of the State to understand the full nature of government and what it is.

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  • snozek
  • 12-09-2018

a short Rothbard

This has been a good, uncharacteristicly short, Murray Rothbard work.

If you are looking for an alternative view to a centralized power state, Rothbard is your guy.

Even though I am well versed in political theory and application, Rothbard is a fresh, incisive mind that poses concepts not considered by most people. These concepts are pro liberty, pro peace, and anti compulsion.

If this sounds like an interesting set attributes, then start reading Rothbard.

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  • Jack Frasier
  • 01-08-2018

excellent must read for liberty

all of the cato institute, mises institute, rothbard, and great economists and libertarian thinker's books ought to be consumed by everyone!

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  • Steven S
  • 30-04-2018

This should be a red pill text book

I don’t agree with everything but he gets so much packed into this little book. I’m recommending

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-11-2017

Against State Power

Fantastic starting point for Libertarians to dive into Rothbard. While the narrator is okay, the content is magnificent and makes up for it. I recommend reading it twice to fully take in the important yet briefly stated arguments. I will also recommend The Law by Bastiat as a book to read next. Both make great points and strong arguments. A must read for all people who love liberty!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-2017

To fast narration.

I'm not English speaking so I'm not perfect in English. so it was difficult to stay with it because of the narrator reading way to fast

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  • Brayton T Batson
  • 21-08-2017

robotic voice

This content is great. The reading had an odd cadence, but is understandable. For just a couple bucks, grab it up. (or get it from mises.org if you want.)