The Mises Economics Blog: The Circle Bastiat (vonmisesblog) wrote,
The Mises Economics Blog: The Circle Bastiat

Murray Rothbard on Lao-Tzu as the “First Libertarian”

Jeff Thomas at the International Man has an interesting take on Murray Rothbard’s admiration for Lao-Tzu. The founder of Taoism had little good to say about the philosopher-bureaucrats of his time.


Those in power are meddlesome …

The greater the restrictions and prohibitions,
The more people are impoverished.
The more advanced the weapons of the state,
The darker the nation …

Thus the virtuous attend to contracts
while those without virtue collect taxes …

Act before things exist

Manage them before there’s disorder

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