January 19, 2013
Earlier this week we reported that in a recent interview Whole Foods CEO John Mackey rightfully identified Obamacare as “Fascist”, reflecting on comments he made years ago when he referred to it as socialist.
These comments ended up getting him a lot of media attention, including a spot on a FOX News show called “On the Record With Greta Van Susterin”. They must have expected John Mackey to fall within the typical left/right paradigm, and on their side of it as well, or else they probobly wouldn’t have booked him.
However, instead of getting into the traditional party politics, Mackey decided to drop the names of some of his favorite economists, to give a point of reference to the audience for where he took his philosophy from. Apparently, the editors weren’t so fond of one name in particular that was mentioned, Murray Rothbard, so when it came time to publish the transcript, they omitted his name.
They still listed Frederick Hayek and Ludwig Von Mises, but failed to mention Rothbard even though he was clearly mentioned in the video recording. This is somewhat suspicious considering that Rothbard was the most radical of the three, and was never afraid to discuss the conspiratorial side of economics, frequently referring to the Rothschilds, Morgans and Rockefellers when talking about the forces that influenced government through central banks.
Rothbard was also the economist who termed the phrase “Anarcho-Capitalism” and helped define that philosophy, a philosophy that the mainstream media and any establishment connected organizations obviously want to keep far away from the view of the public.
This possible censorship attempt was uncovered by the Economic Policy Journal, in a recent article they documented that:
“During a FOX News interview of Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, at one point, Mackey lists his economic inspirations as Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard. There’s no question Mackey mentions all three. It’s very clear on the tape. But in the transcript of the show, the reference to Murray Rothbard is missing”
This is the particular part of the transcript that Rothbard was left out of:
“I began to read widely and I read a number of free market economists like Frederick Hayek and Ludwig Von Mises and I discovered these explanations of the world worked a lot better than the philosophy I had previously.
For those of you not familiar with Rothbard, here is a quick introduction from his biography on Wikipedia:
“Murray Newton Rothbard (March 2, 1926 – January 7, 1995) was an American economist, historian, and political theorist. His work, which refers extensively to Austrian School economist Ludwig von Mises, has profoundly influenced the American libertarian movement by formulating a body of thought Rothbard called “anarcho-capitalism” or free-market anarchism. Rothbard wrote more than twenty books and is considered a central figure in the American libertarian movement.
Rothbard cited certain Austrian School economists’ concept of spontaneous order, advocacy of free banking, and rejection of central planning to advocate abolition of all coercive government control of society and the economy. He viewed the monopoly power of government as greatest danger to the liberty and the long-term well-being of the populace, labeling the state as “the organization of robbery systematized and writ large” and the locus of the most immoral, grasping, and unscrupulous individuals in any society.
Rothbard asserted that all services provided by monopoly governments could be provided more efficiently by the private sector. He viewed many regulations and laws ostensibly promulgated for the “public interest” as self-interested power grabs by scheming government bureaucrats engaging in dangerously unfettered self-aggrandizement, as they were not subject to market disciplines. Rothbard held that there were inefficiencies involved with government services and asserted that market disciplines would eliminate them, if the services could be provided by competition in the private sector.
Rothbard was equally condemning of state corporatism, criticizing many instances where business elites co-opted government’s monopoly power so as to influence laws and regulatory policy in a manner benefiting them at the expense of their competitive rivals.
He argued that taxation represents coercive theft on a grand scale, and “a compulsory monopoly of force” prohibiting the more efficient voluntary procurement of defense and judicial services from competing suppliers. He also considered central banking and fractional reserve banking under a monopoly fiat money system a form of state-sponsored, legalized financial fraud, antithetical to libertarian principles and ethics. Rothbard opposed military, political, and economic interventionism in the affairs of other nations.”
Now do you understand why Murray Rothbard is a name that the establishment would want to keep off of the mainstream airwaves? But hey, maybe it was just a coincidence.
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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer and reporter for The Intellihub and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio.
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