[Comments by Henry Hazlitt, columnist and prolific author on economics] 

 

            Dr. Hazlitt, almost 90 years old when his comments quoted here were written, was an economist and prolific author whose work appeared in national publications since the 1920s. 

            When asked by the University Press of America for promotional comments on the book Modern Social and Political Philosophies: Burkean Conservatism and Classical Liberalism, he first replied that he would not be able to give any, in part because of his age.  But after he started reading the book, he wrote the Press again, saying that he had decided that he would indeed like to write some comments.  They are: 

            Professor Dwight D. Murphey’s Modern Social and Political Philosophies is a very stimulating book because of its wide range of scholarship and reference.  It summarizes the views of “Burkean conservatism”—many of them presented long before Burke himself offered them--, and the contributions of classical liberalism, and so presents a sort of detailed history of these views.  It is not a mere history of economics and politics, however, but a selective discussion which introduces the reader, for example, to the main economists of the Austrian school as well as economists and political philosophers writing at the present day.  The reader need not agree with Dr. Murphey’s personal views in order to profit from the enlightening summaries of the views of some of the most stimulating writers of the present day.

                                                   Signed/ Henry Hazlitt