Note (6/4/07): Because the Preface and Introduction
to the anthology
are no longer on the LewRockwell.com
site, I have re-posted them, as my own web pages. The full text
of the Preface, written by Mrs. JoAnn "Joey" Rothbard, is below; all links on this
page however, were added by me. - Aakash Raut
Note: JoAnn Beatrice Schumacher Rothbard, Murray's wife and life-long
ally in liberty, passed
away on October 29, 1999.
Rothbard - - - -
Essays of Murray N. Rothbard
Edited by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
When Murray Rothbard and Lew Rockwell decided to found The
Rothbard-Rockwell Report in 1990, they first had to decide
what form the newsletter would take. Would subscribers, knowing
that Murray was an economist, expect economic forecasts and tips?
As an Austrian
economist, Murray knew that economic forecasting is a mug's game,
and he was not even a lucky investor himself. For instance:
When the Soviets defeated the Czarist government in 1918,
they repudiated the Czarist bonds, which fell to pennies on the
dollar. However, Czarist bonds remained on the Over-the-Counter
exchange (now the Nasdaq),
and fluctuated with the political climate. When events between
the Soviets and the West were more cordial, the bonds rose in
value, on the slim possibility that they someday might be redeemed
as a gesture of goodwill. When the Cold War became more frosty,
the value of the bonds dipped. Sometime in the 1960s, Murray
bought Czarist bonds. Within days of his purchase, the bonds,
which had been on the same exchange for more than 40 years, were
delisted. You can imagine what happened to the price, then.
And so the Triple R became the newsletter it is
of trenchant opinions on politics and politicians, on economics
and history, on foreign policy and government, and on religion
and culture. With two such superb and prolific writers as Lew
and Murray, and with Burt
Blumert, as Publisher, keeping his eye on finances and advertising,
the Triple R could not fail.
Writing for the Triple R was an important and pleasurable
part of Murray's life for the last four years. Although he also
enjoyed the scholarly work that he did, writing for the Triple
R was the most fun he could think of. For he had firm opinions
on almost every topic and wrote with ease.
Lew writes of the joy of coming to the office and finding
Murray's output of the night on his fax machine. The same went
for Murray, who was going to bed about the time that Lew reached
the office, and could expect many goodies to be faxed to him
by the time he awoke.
Occasionally, Lew, who did the really hard work of putting
the newsletter together, would call and say he needed one more
short article to finish an issue, and Murray would happily sit
down at his
typewriter and skewer another politician.
~ JoAnn Rothbard
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