Murray Rothbard on War and Foreign Policy

17 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2023 Last revised: 5 Dec 2023

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Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Yuliya Yatsyshina


Date Written: September 7, 2023


We review some of Murray Rothbard’s key insights on matters of war and foreign policy. The themes discussed include American foreign policy as imperialism, war as the health of the state, practical and ethical issues posed by nuclear weapons, the importance of nuclear disarmament, and the strategic use of smears and propaganda by government actors to both undermine antiwar views and to generate public support for the state’s interventionist foreign policies. In each case we discuss the contemporary relevance of these issues. We conclude with some open areas for future exploration.

Keywords: foreign policy, government growth, imperialism, nuclear weapons, propaganda, war

Suggested Citation

Coyne, Christopher J. and Yatsyshina, Yuliya, Murray Rothbard on War and Foreign Policy (September 7, 2023). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 23-41, Available at SSRN: or

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