An Austrian (Mis)Reads Adam Smith: A critique of Rothbard as intellectual historian

  title={An Austrian (Mis)Reads Adam Smith: A critique of Rothbard as intellectual historian},
  author={Peter Hans Matthews and Andreas Ortmann},
  journal={Review of Political Economy},
  pages={379 - 392}
Murray Rothbard's posthumous Economic Thought Before Adam Smith is notable for its vilification of 'the quiet Scottish professor.' While there is little disagreement that Smith was, at best, an ambivalent champion of free markets, Rothbard's indictment of him as a proto-Marxist is less than persuasive. We argue that Rothbard's book suffers from logical flaws, selective and incomplete textual evidence, a misunderstanding of Das Adam Smith Problem and the relevant literature, and an unawareness… 

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