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