The Green Rothbard

Here is another great lecture by Murray Rothbard: “Conservation and Property Right.” He covers virtually the entire spectrum of environmentalist concerns.

Has anyone ever investigated Herbert Hoover’s “infamous” Radio Act of 1926? Why was it passed?


  1. Pollution as the violation of property rights makes sense to me most of the time. If your factory dirties my shirt, you have violated my property.

    However, if certain levels of CO2 affect the global climate (an empirical question), how do property rights create incentives to find the “right” amount of CO2? The higher levels of CO2 do not directly affect me in the same way as sludge would, so are any property rights violated? If not, what incentive is there to find the “right” amount of CO2?

    Is this distinction worthwhile? Does the analysis change at all between pollution as sludge and pollution as CO2?

    If anyone has written on this within the Austrian economic community, it has to have been Rothbard, yet I do not know if it is ever addressed.

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