Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Don't Expect a Jennifer Burns Book on Murray Rothbard...

Murray Rothbard
UPDATE BELOW On Rothbard-Rand relationship.

...and that is probably a good thing.

Jennifer Burns is an associate professor in the Department of History at Stanford University. She is the author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right and is currently writing a biography of Milton Friedman.

She was the keynote speaker during lunch at the "Strategies For Monetary Policy: A Policy Conference."

After her speech, I caught up with her to ask her if she was aware that there was an FBI file on Friedman. She was not. I told her I obtained it and she gave me her business card so that I could email the file to her.

I did that on Saturday but have not yet received any response.

While talking to her, I said that she should write a Murray Rothbard biography. She let out a long laugh and said, "I don't like Rothbard."

I responded, "I'm surprised. It seemed to me in your Rand book that you were heavily influenced by the Rothbard's position on Rand."

She then said, "The Rothbardians hated Rand."

I said, "I know."

She then said, "Rothbard was a racist."

I said, "I don't think that is true."

There was a crowd now gathering and she took a question from someone else, so I didn't get a chance to make my full defense of Rothbard case but I will email her a link to this post.



As a follow up to my post, Don't Expect a Jennifer Burns Book on Murray Rothbard..., Walter Block emails a link to a 2017 Mack Fox piece Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard: A Love/Hate Relationship.

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