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The Temptations of Emperors: How Lincoln and Roosevelt Mocked Constitutional Restraint

Monday, May 18th, 2015 by posted in History, Politics.
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Oh, how we fret!  Rightfully, of course, for nothing is more frightening to the American Mind than the specter of overweening authority.  During the second Bush Administration, the Left was beside itself with concern over executive overreach (from the Iraq

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Is the “Austrian School” a Lie?

Friday, May 15th, 2015 by and posted in Economics, Education, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from the Freeman Do those of us who use the word Austrian in its modern libertarian contextmisrepresent an intellectual tradition? We trace our roots back through the 20th century’s F.A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises (both served as advisors to FEE)

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Hitler, Mussolini, Roosevelt

Monday, May 4th, 2015 by posted in History, Politics.
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Reprinted from Reason Magazine Three New Deals: Reflections on Roosevelt’s America, Mussolini’s Italy, and Hitler’s Germany, 1933–1939, by Wolfgang Schivelbusch, New York: Metropolitan Books, 242 pages, $26 On May 7, 1933, just two months after the inauguration of Franklin Delano

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The Don Fanucci of American Politics

Friday, April 24th, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties, History, Politics.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American “Civil War,” more accurately described as the War to Prevent Southern Independence.  It is also the 31stanniversary of the movie, The Godfather, Part II.  A

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Don’t Forget the Reasons People Don’t Believe in Your Social Cause

Monday, April 13th, 2015 by posted in Epistemology, History, Politics.
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When it comes to Austrian economist and political thinker Friedrich Hayek, conservatives and libertarians are at odds. While conservatives like Hayek’s opposition to big government, they may disagree with his views on social progress. In the same vein, libertarians agree

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Out, Out Damn Depression: FDR in 1938

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 by posted in Economics, History.
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[The Roosevelt Myth (1948)] Reprinted from Mises.org The dark realities of the country had sunk deeply into Roosevelt’s mind now. There were just a year and six months before a Democratic convention would meet to pick his successor. All that

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Illusion of Prosperity

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 by posted in Banking, Economics, History.
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President Obama and Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen have recently been crowing about improving economic conditions in the U.S.  Unemployment is down to 5.5% and economic growth in 2014 hit 2.4%. Journalists and economists point to this improvement as proof

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The Peculiar and Unique Position of Economics

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 by posted in Economics, History.
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This article is excerpted from Human Action (1949), chapter 37, “The Nondescript Character of Economics.” The Singularity of Economics What assigns economics its peculiar and unique position in the orbit both of pure knowledge and of the practical utilization of knowledge

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The Delusions of the Left

Friday, March 6th, 2015 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me I recently published the results of some detailed reading I had done in early 20th century intellectual history as it pertained to the minimum wage. In order to grasp the full horror of the thing, you need

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On Slavery

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 by posted in History, Law.
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Exactly one hundred and fifty years ago, the United States Congress passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The abolishment of slavery remains one of our country’s great moral triumphs, a crowning achievement of liberal, enlightened civilization. Unfortunately it was

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Scott Sumner and the Lead Up to the Great Recession

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Economics, History.
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Scott Sumner poses a question, and his answer over at Econlog: 1. What would it look like if it looked as though interest rates fell for some reason other than the Fed cutting interest rates with an expansionary monetary policy?  

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Carl Menger: Pioneer of “Empirical Theory” Part 2

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History.
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[This article is excerpted from chapter 4 of Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism. Reprinted from Mises.org] The Austrian School and the Gossen School With just two books, Menger had put economic and social thought on completely new foundations. Principlespioneered

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Carl Menger: Pioneer of “Empirical Theory” Part 1

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History.
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[This article is excerpted from chapter 4 of Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism. Reprinted from Mises.org] Introduction The problems and ideas that moved Ludwig von Mises in his early years were addressed by the work of four great economic

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PhD-Standard Monetary Crack Up

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Economics, History.

The hills are alive with the panic of central bankers. First there was the fallout from the Swiss National Bank’s decision to unshackle the Franc from the Euro. Then, how much Q Mario Draghi put with his E. It turns

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The Rise of Capitalism

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
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This article is excerpted from Liberty & Property, part 2 (2009). Reprinted from Mises.org The precapitalistic system of product was restrictive. Its historical basis was military conquest. The victorious kings had given the land to their paladins. These aristocrats were

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The Life and Works of Ludwig von Mises

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from The Independent Ludwig von Mises (1881–1973) was one of the most important economists of the twentieth century. Even if he had made no other contribution over a professional lifetime that spanned seven decades, his place in the history

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The Need for General Rules

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, History, Law.
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Excerpted from The Foundations of Morality by Henry Hazlitt. Reprinted from Mises.org 1. The Contribution of Hume David Hume, probably the greatest of British philosophers, made three major contributions to ethics. The first was the naming and consistent application of

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The Economic Lessons of Bethlehem

Thursday, December 25th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, History, Regulation.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com At the heart of the Christmas story rests some important lessons concerning free enterprise, government, and the role of wealth in society. Let’s begin with one of the most famous phrases: “There’s no room at the inn.”

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Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from The Telegraph On 16 June 1941, as Hitler readied his forces for Operation Barbarossa, Josef Goebbels looked forward to the new order that the Nazis would impose on a conquered Russia. There would be no come-back, he wrote,

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Kingdom Come: The Politics of the Millenium

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
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[First published in Liberty Magazine, 1990] Reprinted from Mises.org Christianity has played a central role in Western civilization and contributed an important influence on the development of classical-liberal thought. Not surprisingly, Christian beliefs about the “end times” are very important

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