Rothbard: Be the Best

I like Gary North’s inspirational article on Murray Rothbard. I hope my readers will take a careful read on this public article, read it twice, and then put it to work.

Let me just put the ending — what we must do to WIN —  here:

How many people do you think are in this room? If each of you wrote three articles or five articles in the next five years and you stayed in communication with each other, just keeping up with each other in this room would keep you very busy. And it can be done at almost no cost because of the Web. So, that’s what I would tell you to do. Go and do thou likewise. You will not be as gifted as Rothbard. You will not write Man, Economy, and State. You will not write — I guarantee you — you will not write a monograph as revolutionary and yet as accurate as America’s Great Depression, even if you work really hard. And you know the great thing about it? You don’t have to. Because it got done. It’s been done. Been there, read that.

But what you can do is to go where no one else you know has gone, and hardly anybody else is interested in, and nobody really wants to focus on, and you can niche that; you can own it; you can make it yours. And if all you do is put up a Website with links to all the other Websites or articles or materials — if all you are is a clearinghouse on the Web — you are doing something tremendously important. You’re reducing other people’s difficulties in locating information. You are participating in the intellectual division of labor.

That’s my call to you, my challenge to you. When you go out of here, when you leave this conference, you’ve had it poured into you. Now what’s going to come out? You’ve had enormous benefits poured into you; you’ve had advantages given to you; and you have just — whether you know it or not — increased your personal level of responsibility. You can’t avoid that, because you’ve been here. It’s too late. Now, go apply it. I don’t know where you’re going to do it; I don’t know what your major is; I don’t know what your interest is. Whatever it is that you really love in which you’d be most difficult to replace — get online, get used to writing, crank the stuff out. If you need to revise it, you don’t even need the X’s — just use the delete key. Murray may not have liked modern technology, but I really believe he would have loved the delete key. We have the delete key.

It’s time for everybody in this room — not tonight; I’ll give you a week — either to be online with his own Website or participating in a joint effort by the time you graduate from whatever program you’re in. When you walk out of that program, you better have something online. If you’re an undergraduate looking for a graduate degree or your graduate fellowship, and you can say “Here’s what I’ve done, and it’s online, and you can see it” — that’s an advantage. That’s an edge in a highly competitive world. You go out to get that job, and you can say “I’ve got my own Website; you can take a look at it; you can see what I’ve done” — that is a competitive advantage.

So that’s my challenge. Go and do thou likewise.

Stop whining. Start fighting.

Even words, strong, true, and well-targeted have power. John did not write “In the beginning was the sword” or “In the beginning was the gold.”

He wrote, “In the beginning was the Word.”

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,  who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 1No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

John 1: 1-14 English Standard Version

We know what’s right thanks to Moses, who spoke God’s Word.

We can DO what’s right thanks to Jesus Christ, who IS God’s Word.

Every believer here can set up a free WordPress blog, and get the Word out.

And change the world… for the better.

If an agnostic unbeliever can, just by putting his gifts to work, staying in good humour, using strong self-discipline, and never giving up, then definitely thoughtful Christians can do the same… or better!

Yes, with some care and a bit of extra work, even better than mine 😉

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