"Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end." -Lord Acton
Rothbard on a Gas Taxhttp://www.mises.org/Econsense/ch59.asp
Interesting indeed -- but it seemed like Rothbard ducked the issue of foreign-oil dependence. He said, "What's wrong with free trade and the division of labor?" Non sequitur, if you ask me. We aren't buying oil from the Saudis because they're the most efficient producers.
In Rothbard's ideal anarcho-capitalist world there is no more a problem with oil dependence than there is with say food dependence. Since we don't live in an anarcho-capitalist society, I would say oil dependence is a bit of a problem...Free trade leads to the division of labor among countries (at least thats how I took it).Of course we're not buying oil from the Saudis because they're the most efficient producers; that is a by-product of the lack of free trade.
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