“The State is a gang of thieves writ large.”    —Murray N. Rothbard

Porter Robinson‘s “The State.”

Murray Rothbard’sThe Anatomy of the State,” 1974.  For an audio version of the essay, check this out.

Following Franz Oppenheimer and Albert Jay Nock, Rothbard regards the state as a predatory entity. It does not produce anything, but rather steals resources from those engaged in production. In applying this view to American history, Rothbard makes use of the work of John C. Calhoun.