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In Instanbul: The Rise & Fall of Society

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy, History.
Instanbul City teaser

Reprinted from Laissez Faire Today It’s Istanbul, not Constantinople, as the song goes. In this history is an omen for any powerful state (read: the U.S.). A somewhat obscure essayist knew all about it back in 1959. His little book

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The Myth of Scandinavian Socialism

Saturday, March 16th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History.
The Myth of Scandinavian Socialism

Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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Krugman’s Call for a Housing Bubble

Monday, March 4th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
Krugman teaser

Reprinted from Mises.org In 2009, Lew Rockwell posted this quote of Paul Krugman’s from a 2002 New York Times editorial: To fight this recession the Fed needs…soaring household spending to offset moribund business investment. [So] Alan Greenspan needs to create

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So total is the Left’s cultural ascendancy that no one likes to mention the socialist roots of fascism

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 by posted in History.
national socialism

Reprinted from the Telegraph ‘I am a Socialist,’ Hitler told Otto Strasser in 1930, ‘and a very different kind of Socialist from your rich friend, Count Reventlow’. No one at the time would have regarded it as a controversial statement.

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What Happened to the Businessman

Monday, January 14th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History.
nazi germany teaser

Reprinted from The Vampire Economy: Doing Business Under Fascism. New York: Vanguard Press, 1939 . Chapter 1 BUSINESSMEN all over the world are dissatisfied and apprehensive. The depression has proved to be not only the most drastic and widespread in

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The Problem with the League of Nations

Friday, January 11th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy, History.
league of nations teaser

[This article is excerpted from Liberalism, Chapter 3] 10. The League of Nations Just as, in the eyes of the liberal, the state is not the highest ideal, so it is also not the best apparatus of compulsion. The metaphysical

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Abolish Social Studies

Thursday, January 10th, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy.
classroom teaser

Reprinted from City Journal Emerging as a force in American education a century ago, social studies was intended to remake the high school. But its greatest effect has been in the elementary grades, where it has replaced an older way

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Obsessed by Megalomania: Interview with Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History, Law, Politics.
state guard teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com The following interview with Hans-Hermann Hoppe first appeared in the German weekly Junge Freiheit on November 2, 2012, and was conducted by Moritz Schwarz. It has been translated here into English by Robert Groezinger. Are taxes nothing

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The Marxian Doctrine of “Ideology”

Monday, December 31st, 2012 by posted in History, Philosophy, Socialism.
marx ideology teaser

[This article is excerpted from volume 2, chapter 12 of An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought (1995). Reprinted from Mises.org] Even Marx must dimly recognize that not “material productive forces,” not even “classes,” act in the real

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Santa Keynes and the Hayekian Grinch

Friday, December 21st, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History, Politics, Regulation, Socialism.

A great article by Peter Foster over at the Financial Post Keynesianism has extended ­downturn, despite recent praise We are now approaching the fourth Christmas of the great debate between the benign supporters of Santa Keynes and the walnut-hearted acolytes

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Stephen Harper and the Myth of Lincoln

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 by posted in History, Politics.

Errol Mendes, a University of Ottawa law professor, has published an opinion piece entitled “Lincoln was a uniter, Harper is a divider.” In it, he cultivates the statist myth of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was driven by deep-seated, universal principles of human dignity

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Orderly and Humane?

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by posted in History, Socialism, Trade.
World War 2 teaser

Reprinted from Peter Hichen’s Blog at U.K. Mail Online Some time ago I decided to write a book about the damaging and deluded cult of national victory which has done this country so much damage since 1945. No doubt it


Vindicated by History: Statism’s 19th Century Critics

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 by posted in Education, History, Law.
19th century America teaser

Reprinted from the Cobden Centre What is the single most important fact about the 20th century? The answer must surely be that it was the century which saw the birth and spread of totalitarian socialism. That is not what most

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Jane Jacobs: Libertarian Outsider

Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by posted in History, Politics.
Jane Jacobs teaser

Reprinted from Mises.org When Jane Jacobs died five years ago (the exact date was April 25, 2006), there was a brief flurry of interest in a couple of libertarian publications — one brief obit ran on Mises.org, for example —

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Nearing the End of Serfdom’s Road

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Education, History, Law.
New national plan

In France, Minister for Energy and Environment Delphine Batho recently proposed a light curfew to pertain to “in and outside shops, offices, and public buildings” between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. beginning next July. Some merchants are up in arms


Machiavelli and State Power

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History.
Machiavelli teaser

This talk was delivered on September 15, 2012, at a seminar sponsored by the Columbia University Department of Italian in association with the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Reprinted from LewRockwell.com As libertarianism has acquired a higher profile in American life

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The U.S. Constitution: Tool of Centralization and Debt, 1788-Today

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History, Law, Politics, Regulation.
Constitution teaser

Reprinted from Specific Answers On a conservative site last week, the editor wrote this: While the Constitution has been largely ignored over the last 80 years, the document is very real, and its purpose is clear: to limit greatly the

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Do You Need Institutional “Weapons” to Defend Against Wealthy Capitalists?

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History, Regulation, Socialism, Trade.
anarcho syndicalism teaser

The anarcho-capitalist movement appears to be tweaking the interest of the young leftist movement, which historically represents the radical side of the political spectrum. Maybe the time has come for “revolutionary politics.” In his 1969 essay, “The Death of Politics”,

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The American Tradition of Secession

Monday, November 26th, 2012 by posted in History, Regulation.
secession teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com “Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession.” ~ Ron Paul Leftists and neocons in the media who tend to agree on the propriety and desirability of an ever-growing welfare/warfare/police state were predictably

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Hobsbawm’s Choice

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 by posted in History, Socialism.
Eric-Hobsbawm teaser

Reprinted from Taki’s Magazine They played “The Internationale” at Wednesday’s funeral of Eric Hobsbawm, Britain’s “greatest historian.” No one took offense. Indeed, all felt uplifted. The mourners at the crematorium in Golders Green, London’s Jewish heartland, included Labour Party leader

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