Is the Pope a Rothbardian?


“Without justice – what else is the State but a great band of robbers?”

Pope Benedict XVI, quoting St. Augustine, 22nd September, 2011

“We have seen how power became divorced from right, how power opposed right and crushed it, so that the State became an instrument for destroying right – a highly organized band of robbers, capable of threatening the whole world and driving it to the edge of the abyss.”

Pope Benedict XVI, in his own words, 22nd September, 2011

“The state is a band of thieves writ large.”

Murray N. Rothbard, apocryphal

“For if the bulk of the public were really convinced of the illegitimacy of the State, if it were convinced that the State is nothing more nor less than a bandit gang writ large, then the State would soon collapse to take on no more status or breadth of existence than another Mafia gang. Hence the necessity of the State’s employment of ideologists; and hence the necessity of the State’s age-old alliance with the Court Intellectuals who weave the apologia for State rule.”

Murray N. Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty

I think there can be no doubt. The Pope must be a Rothbardian.

Perhaps we should send him the T-shirt?



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An Austrian Internet Vigilante trying to live Outside the Asylum
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2 Responses to Is the Pope a Rothbardian?

  1. Oscar says:

    Where do I get that shirt?

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