Is Secession a Right?

Friday, December 12th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.

Reprinted from Mises.org Grant defeated Lee, the Confederacy crumbled, and the idea of secession disappeared forever, or at least that’s what the conventional wisdom says. Secession is no historical irrelevance. Quite the contrary, the topic is integral to classical liberalism.

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David Howden: Banking, Free And 100 Percent Reserve

Friday, November 28th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics.
David Howden: Banking, Free And 100 Percent Reserve

Dave Howden Lecturing at Rothbard University 2014


Freedom of the Press

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Education, Regulation.

Reprinted from The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality (1954) Freedom of the press is one of the fundamental features of a nation of free citizens. It is one of the essential points in the political program of old classical liberalism. No one has

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The Philosophy of the Pseudoprogressives

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Epistemology, History, Philosophy.

[This article originally appeared in Plain Talk, February 1950. It is included in Planning for Freedom.] 1. The Two Lines of Marxian Thought and Policies In all countries which have not openly adopted a policy of outright and all-around socialization

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Paul Cantor: Model Mentor

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education.

I once called Paul Cantor “the incomparable Cantor.” Another apt, alliterative sobriquet would have been “model mentor.” When others weren’t, Paul was there for me. He helped me. He taught me. He guided me. He’s the type of scholar I’d like

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What Gave Bitcoin Its Value?

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.

Reprinted from the Freeman Many people who have never used bitcoin look at it with confusion. Why does this magic Internet money have any value at all? It’s just some computer thing that someone made up. Consider the criticism of

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Does the World Need a World Bank?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.

[Ludwig von Mises on Money and Inflation (2010)] As a medium of exchange, the situation of money is different from that of other commodities. If there is an increase in the quantity of other commodities, this always means an improvement of

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You Can’t Run an Economy with Spreadsheets

Monday, September 1st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.

Reprinted from Mises.org Argentina’s economic minister, Axel Kicillof, has become famous for his assertion that it is possible to centrally manage the economy now because we have spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel. This assertion comes from the mistaken view that

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Check out Mises Cuba

Monday, August 25th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education.

Mises Institutes are popping up all over the world! A recent article at Forbes highlighted this worldwide movement. Check out one of the newest: Mises Cuba!

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Ludwig von Mises: Inspiring Think Tanks Across The Globe

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by posted in Uncategorized.
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There is a great article that is worth checking out over at Forbes by Alejandro Chafuen on the numerous Mises instutes that have popped up around the world since the founding of The Mises Institute USA in 1982. The free enterprise

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The Empirical Nature of the Praxeological Method

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by posted in Uncategorized.

The praxeological method has long been a category of Austrian economics that brings great interest to me. Originally, it was the “shiny” aspects of the school that drew me to Austrianism. Business cycle theory is just one such example. However,


The State’s Worst Atrocity

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Foreign Policy, History.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com “The lamps are going out all over Europe,” Sir Edward Grey famously said on the eve of World War I. “We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” It was 100 years ago this week

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Life Insurance: Seceding from the System?

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics.
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Reprinted from FEE.org Most Americans implicitly assume that the financial system has always worked the way it does now. Although they may have a vague knowledge that the U.S. dollar used to be tied to gold, they can’t really imagine

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Mises Canada’s Emerging Scholar Program

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by posted in Announcements, Education.

Do you like to write about the economy? Does central banking get you down? Do you have career ambitions in academia or finance? Do you like to write about economics? Then apply to Mises Canada’s Emerging Scholar Program! The Emerging

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The Rebirth of Austrian Economics

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me Forty years ago, during the week of June 15-22, 1974, the Austrian School of Economics was reborn during a conference in the small New England town of South Royalton, Vermont. Why was this important? Because the economists


The Rise of Capitalism

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, History.
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[Liberty & Property (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 lords in the literal meaning of the word,

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The Impossibility of Negative Interest Rates

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.

Central bankers must be getting desperate. After the futile effort to boost the global economy via synchronized money printing en masse, they are doubling down on the same failed policy. Now it’s no longer enough to produce endless supplies of

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The Ten Catch-22s: Regulation of Natural Monopoly Utilities

Monday, May 19th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.

“No alleged ‘fact finding’ and no armchair speculation can discover another price at which demand and supply would become equal. The failure of all experiments to find a satisfactory solution for the limited-space monopoly of public utilities clearly proves this


Capitalism with Dr. George Reisman

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.

Reprinted from Online Trading Academy John O’Donnell’s guest today is Dr. George Reisman. He is a Pepperdine University Professor Emeritus of Economics and author of Capitalism: A Treatise of Economics. He was a personal student of Ludwig von Mises under

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Entrepreneurship: The Driving Force of the Economy

Friday, April 25th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.

Author of The Capitalist and the Entrepreneur, Peter Klein has published numerous books and articles on entrepreneurship from an Austrian perspective. Dr. Klein, who is executive director and Carl Menger Research fellow at the Mises Institute, was interviewed in late

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