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Mises’s Contribution to Understanding Business Cycles

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by posted in Economics, History.
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Reprinted from Mises.org. September 29, 2014 is the 133rd anniversary of Ludwig von Mises’s birth. From The Essential von Mises: Included in The Theory of Money and Credit were at least the rudiments of another magnificent accomplishment of Ludwig von Mises:

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Why Ludwig von Mises Admired Sigmund Freud

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from the Freeman Sigmund Freud has been dead 76 years. Still, his ideas are daily in the news — debated and denounced — and yet so much a part of how we think. Defense mechanisms, Freudian slips, projections, talking

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Frédéric Bastiat Deserves a Posthumous Nobel

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
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Reprinted from the Freeman If a posthumous Nobel Prize was awarded for crystal-clear writing and masterful storytelling in economics, no one would be more deserving of it than Frédéric Bastiat (June 30, 1801–December 24, 1850). He set the standard over a

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The House Bubble: A Documentary

Monday, July 13th, 2015 by posted in Economics, History.
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The idea was simple: Track down the people who predicted the housing crash and ask them what’s next. 35,000 miles and four years later, we’re test screening our first documentary “The Bubble” and finishing editing the follow up “The Bigger

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Albert Jay Nock and the Libertarian Tradition

Friday, June 26th, 2015 by posted in History, Philosophy.
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[Transcribed from the Libertarian Tradition podcast episode “Albert Jay Nock.” Reprinted from Mises.org] In the beginning, there was Henry George. Henry George was born September 2, 1839, in Philadelphia, the second of ten children in a not overly prosperous family.

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The Dutch West India Company

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 by posted in Economics, History, Regulation.
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[This article is excerpted from Conceived in Liberty. Reprinted from Mises.org] The Dutch West India Company began operations in 1623, and in the same year the first party of permanent Dutch settlers landed in the New World — apart from

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The Principles of Liberalism in 17th-Century England

Monday, June 15th, 2015 by posted in History, Politics, Regulation.
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[Conceived in Liberty (1975)] Reprinted from Mises.org At the beginning of the 17th century, virtually all of England’s export trade consisted of unfinished woolen cloths, which were sent to the Netherlands for finishing and dyeing and to be reexported to the

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The Righteous Bosses of the New Deal

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by posted in History, Regulation.
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[The Roosevelt Myth (1948)] Reprinted from Mises.org There never has been in American politics a religion so expansively and luminously righteous as the New Deal. From the beginning to the end it was constant in one heroic enterprise — war

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The Republic Becomes the Empire

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 by posted in History, Politics.
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Reprinted from Mises.org. This article was originally published as “The Decline of the American Republic” in The Freeman, February 25, 1952. We have crossed the boundary that lies between Republic and Empire. If you ask when, the answer is that you

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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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