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  • Bait & Switch: "Economic Development" in the States

    01/16/2015 3:02:40 PM PST · by Ray76
    Mises Daily ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | Jeff Scribner
    North Carolina recently offered Boeing $683 million in tax incentives to open a plant in North Carolina to build Boeing’s new 777X jetliner. The NC bid failed, as did those from some other states, when Boeing decided to build the 777X in its home state of Washington where there is no state, personal, or corporate income tax.
  • Socialism

    11/20/2012 1:01:34 AM PST · by grimalkin · 8 replies
    Ludwig Von Mises Institute ^ | Mises Daily: Monday, November 19, 2012 | Ludwig Von Mises: Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow (1979), Lecture 2 (1958)]
    In dealing with this system of economic organization — the market economy — we employ the term "economic freedom." Very often, people misunderstand what it means, believing that economic freedom is something quite apart from other freedoms, and that these other freedoms — which they hold to be more important — can be preserved even in the absence of economic freedom. The meaning of economic freedom is this: that the individual is in a position to choose the way in which he wants to integrate himself into the totality of society. The individual is able to choose his career; he...
  • If Only D'Souza Were Right (from the Austrian School)

    09/02/2012 10:49:10 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 105 replies
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | September 1, 2012 | Gary North
    If Only D'Souza Were Right Mises Daily: Monday, September 03, 2012 by Gary North by Gary North 2016: Obama's America I went to see 2016: Obama's America. Dinesh D'Souza wrote, stars in, directed, narrates, and did the original research for it. If we look at this from the point of view of its success as a documentary, I think it is effective. It is making money in theaters. This is amazing for a documentary. It is a campaign-year documentary, and it is a good one. It is also dead wrong. That is because it misses the fundamental political fact of...
  • How I Learned to Love the State

    11/09/2011 7:38:59 AM PST · by Vintage Freeper · 8 replies
    Mises.org ^ | 11/07/2011 | Justin Hayes
    While we were students of the state education apparatus, how many of us had to write research papers where we were asked to "change the world"?I'm sure we can all remember a writing prompt similar to this: "If I could change one thing about the world, it would be …" or "How I can make the world a better place."Often, these writing prompts were given to us when we were not even old enough to think about abstract concepts like war and politics.Were these assignments teaching us to think critically? In some cases, this is possible. For the most part,...
  • Is the Need for Stimulus "Undeniable"?(stimulus #3??)

    09/05/2011 7:12:28 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 14 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | September 05, 2011 | Hunter Lewis
    A recent article by the best-known Keynesian economist at Yale, Robert Schiller, begins this way: [A] … fact … about our current economic situation … can no longer be denied: our economy is in desperate need of government stimulus. Does the rest of the article provide a defense of stimulus? No. Since the need for stimulus is undeniable, there is no need to defend it. No reasonable person would disagree. Right? Wrong. There is a problem here. Reasonable people do disagree, strongly disagree. Robert Barro, the distinguished Harvard economist, wrote an article about the same time as Schiller's explaining why...
  • It's a Jetsons World: Private Miracles and Public Crimes (w/video and free e-book)

    07/24/2011 10:24:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Ludwig Von Mises Institute ^ | June 22, 2011 | Jeffrey A. Tucker
    It's a Jetsons World: Private Miracles and Public Crimes from Mises Media on Vimeo. We are surrounded by miracles created in the private sector, particularly in the digital universe, and yet we don't appreciate them enough. Meanwhile, the public sector is systematically wrecking the physical world in sneaky and petty ways that really do matter. Jeffrey Tucker, in this follow-up to his Bourbon for Breakfast, draws detailed attention to both. He points out that the products of digital capitalism are amazing, astounding, beyond belief—more outrageously advanced than anything the makers of the Jetsons could even imagine. With this tiny box...
  • Walmart and Discrimination (How about property rights?)

    06/26/2011 6:31:06 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 17 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | June 22, 2011 | Robert P. Murphy
    Earlier this week, the Supreme Court unanimously threw out a massive class-action sexual-discrimination lawsuit against Walmart. By overruling a lower court's decision, the Supreme Court raised the barrier to future legal challenges against large corporations. As might be expected, probusiness outlets defended the ruling, while advocates for women and minorities lamented it. In the present article I won't discuss the specific legalities of the case, as I'm not a lawyer. Rather, I will argue that standard libertarian theory says that there should be no such things as laws against "discrimination," because they are illegitimate infringements on property rights. Furthermore, in...
  • Friedrich Hayek and American Science Fiction

    04/08/2011 12:32:16 PM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    Mises Daily: ^ | April 8, 2011 | Jeff Riggenbach
    Friedrich Hayek and American Science Fiction Mises Daily: Friday, April 08, 2011 by Jeff Riggenbach Friedrich August von Hayek was born in Vienna on the eighth day of May 1899. When he graduated from the University of Vienna in 1921, at the age of 22, he applied for a job with the Austrian Office of Claims Accounts, the government agency charged with paying the nation's war debts as those had recently been defined in the Treaty of Saint Germain, the treaty that, for those who lived in Austria, ended World War I. Hayek had a letter of recommendation from a...
  • The Injustice of Social Justice (and the true nature of rights)

    03/16/2011 7:07:40 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 34 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | March 16, 2011 | Ben O'Neill
    Every once in a while, something comes along that perfectly encapsulates the idea of so-called "social justice" in action. For all the wonderful critiques that have been written about this wretched concept by its many detractors,[1] none quite match the elegant simplicity of a recent work by some of its advocates. I am referring here to a recent video made for the World Day of Social Justice[2] in which students and teachers complete this sentence: Everyone has the right to _____. The video is a colorful montage of possible completions to this sentence, set to some pleasant easy-listening music. It...
  • The Political Economy of Government Employee Unions (they are the servants, not the masters)

    02/24/2011 6:26:40 PM PST · by sickoflibs · 17 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | February 24, 2011 | Thomas J. DiLorenzo
    The main reason why so many state and local governments are bankrupt, or on the verge of bankruptcy, is the combination of government-run monopolies and government-employee unions. Government-employee unions have vastly more power than do private-sector unions because the entities they work for are typically monopolies. When the employees of a grocery store, for example, go on strike and shut down the store, consumers can simply shop elsewhere, and the grocery-store management is perfectly free to hire replacement workers. In contrast, when a city teachers' or garbage-truck drivers' union goes on strike, there is no school and no garbage collection...
  • Should Congress Raise the Debt Ceiling?(hint : 'We're broke')

    01/30/2011 5:36:01 PM PST · by sickoflibs · 36 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | January 27, 2011 | Robert P. Murphy
    At current rates of spending, the federal government may bump up against its debt limit as early as March. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warns that it will be "catastrophic to the economy" if Congress doesn't increase Uncle Sam's credit limit. Writers in conservative outlets call for Republicans to use this opportunity to extract significant spending cuts before extending the limit. And some extreme libertarians argue that the debt ceiling shouldn't be raised, because a government default would be a good thing for the American people. In this article I'll explain the basic situation and comment on each of these views....
  • Gold Prices and Panic (Feds actions tantamount to government counterfeiting)

    12/13/2010 7:49:16 PM PST · by sickoflibs · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Mises Institute ^ | December 13, 2010 | Doug French
    With gold selling for around $1,400 per ounce, it seems like everyone has jumped on the yellow-metal bandwagon. Resource-investment guru Rick Rule said about gold investing recently, "we're no longer lonely in the gold trade. You couldn't describe this as a contrarian activity, and you couldn't describe this as a low-risk activity." But while Rule and the likes of David Einhorn aren't alone keeping some, or a lot of, money in gold, the Wall Street Journal ran a profile of a more typical investment guide who claims, "There's no utility of gold." Investment advisor Tim Medley says people only trade...
  • What Can We Expect Next from the Bernanke Fed?

    10/18/2010 11:08:18 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 9 replies
    mises.org ^ | Robert W. Garrison
    On October 15, Ben Bernanke spoke at the Boston Fed's conference, "Monetary Policy in a Low-Inflation Environment." His remarks were long and ponderous and consisted mostly of "Fedspeak" along with seeming excerpts from a typical intermediate-macroeconomics textbook. He rehashed the Fed's statutory mandate of maximum employment and price stability — which comes from the Keynes-inspired Full Employment Act of 1946. He explained that the two goals compete for the Fed's attention, which means that neither goal can be pursued singlemindedly. In the short run, advancing on one front may entail retreating on the other. In the long run, the Fed...
  • If Men Were Angels

    10/17/2010 2:46:47 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 28 replies · 2+ views
    mises.org ^ | Robert Higgs
    In The Federalist No. 51, arguably the most important one of all, James Madison wrote in defense of a proposed national constitution that would establish a structure of "checks and balances between the different departments" of the government and, as a result, constrain the government's oppression of the public. In making his argument, Madison penned the following paragraph, which comes close to being a short course in political science: The great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives...
  • Dying of Money: Lessons of the Great German and American Inflations

    10/15/2010 10:37:25 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | (1974) | Jens O. Parsson
    Foreword Most of us have at least a general idea of what we think inflation is. Inflation is the state of affairs in which prices go up. Inflation is an old, old story. Inflation is almost as ancient as money is, and money is almost as ancient as man himself. It was probably not long after the earliest cave man of the Stone Age fashioned his first stone spearhead to kill boars with, perhaps thirty or forty thousand years ago, that he began to use boar’s teeth or something of the sort as counters for trading spearheads and caves with...
  • Nobel Committee in Search of Economists

    10/14/2010 10:51:05 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 11 replies
    mises.org ^ | October 14, 2010 | Robert P. Murphy
    This year's Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics goes to Peter Diamond, Dale Mortensen, and Christopher Pissarides, for their work on "search theory," especially as applied to labor markets. In the present article I'll explain the basics of their contribution but then point out the crisis in mainstream economics: even though these economists — especially Diamond — are very smart and productive, they and their colleagues have hardly helped the plight of the unemployed, as we stumble ever deeper into depression. Search Theory in the Labor Market According to the official press release, This year's three Laureates have formulated a theoretical...
  • The U.S. Will Go Back To The Gold Standard (If history is any indicator, it will happen by 2013)

    09/11/2010 1:36:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 167 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/10/2010 | John Tamny
    French economist Jacques Rueff once said "Tomorrow, to save man, we will give him a real currency." For a world that has suffered nearly 40 years of economy-retarding currency instability, that tomorrow is very near. If history is any kind of indicator, by 2013 we'll return to money defined in terms of something real. No currency in history has lasted longer than 42 years after its intrinsic backing has been abandoned, and it was 39 years ago that President Nixon severed the dollar's link to gold. Over the ensuing decades the U.S. economy alone has suffered three dollar-driven oil "shocks,"...
  • U.S. Monetary System Is In Serious Trouble

    09/12/2010 7:10:38 PM PDT · by blam · 76 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 9-12-2010 | Bob Chapman
    U.S. Monetary System Is In Serious Trouble Interest-Rates / US Bonds Sep 11, 2010 - 01:20 PM By: Bob Chapman There is no question the US monetary system is in serious trouble and the situation continues to deteriorate. The smug elitist owners of the system are not getting the desired results and there is great consternation among the players. Since 1913 in running US monetary policy the Fed has had one recession after another and two depressions. The second one is the one we are now in. The Fed’s creation was mainly to end recessions and depressions, something obviously they...
  • Why the “tea party” has or will fail

    09/02/2010 10:47:02 AM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 47 replies
    fringeelements.info ^ | Fringe Elements
    I was at a pro-immigration rally where I live, and I got to see the protest - the type I saw on TV, right up close. This protest was not spontaneous, it was highly organized. In the protest were a few people with some signs that offended me, saying some things about white people, the kind of thing Rush and FOX would pick up on. The designated organizers, with bullshorns and an orange vest, told these people with these racist signs in no uncertain terms that they would not be a part of the main group. The “tea party” movement,...
  • Poll: Voters' support for ‘capitalism’ loses ground (Commissioned by US Chamber of Commerce)

    07/14/2010 11:35:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/14/2010 | Jordan Fabian
    Voters support the idea of "free enterprise" significantly more than they do the concept of "capitalism," according to a poll released Tuesday. The survey, conducted by Republican pollster Steve Lombardo’s consulting group, showed that 78 percent of voters have a very positive or somewhat positive view of “free enterprise” but that only 57 percent have the same thoughts about “capitalism.” Nineteen percent of respondents viewed “capitalism” very negatively or somewhat negatively while only four percent had the same views of “free enterprise.” The poll was commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the nation’s most influential business groups....
  • NH: Romney volunteer defects to Ron Paul

    07/12/2010 3:51:44 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 72 replies · 4+ views
    Youtube ^ | July 12, 2010 | RidleyReport
    Former Mitt Romney supporter realizes Ron Paul is more in-line with Constitutionalism, American values and individualist freedom. What say other Freepers?
  • Ron Paul: 13th Amendment bans income tax

    06/28/2010 7:49:04 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 203 replies · 2+ views
    Youtube ^ | June 27, 2010 | RidleyReport
    Who agrees and who disagrees with Dr. Paul? I would like to see income tax abolished (it is socialism light) but what say other Freepers? Watch the video of course.
  • Is it Time for a Resurgence of the Austrian School of Economics?

    06/19/2010 2:52:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 257+ views
    PBS ^ | Rick Schmid
    Question: Hello Paul! Do you ever plan to present the ideas of economists that adhere to the Austrian School of Economics (Students of Von Hayek or Von Mises)? Their understanding of the nature and causes of the business cyle enabled them to foresee much of what has happened in the last few years. (Peter Schiff and Marc Faber are successful examples.) Thanks for your friendly commentary!Paul Solman: Yes, the resurgence of the Austrian School is worth a look, and was suggested to me by none other than Robert MacNeil a few weeks ago after Rand Paul's victory in Kentucky. Look...
  • Just Accept The Giant Federal Reserve Lie And Make Money From It

    12/18/2009 9:54:50 AM PST · by FromLori · 8 replies · 535+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 12/18/09 | Vincent Fernando
    Investors need to always remember to separate their economic and political ideals from the act of making money in the market. We're reminded of this after seeing Robert Ebeling at Mises deliver the same old radical free markets argument about how we should end the fed: 1) Fed funds rate manipulation leads to a fake price of money in the market, which 2) leads to unsustainable asset bubbles. Thus 3) we should end the fed and let the market show us the real price money. Robert Ebeling from Mises: What is being ignored is the more fundamental question of whether...
  • Three Myths about Trash (The Costs of mandatory recycling)

    12/02/2009 8:26:31 PM PST · by sickoflibs · 40 replies · 2,177+ views
    Mises Institute ^ | December 02, 2009 | Floy Lilley
    There are three things everybody knows when we talk trash: 1.We know we're running out of landfill space; 2.we know we're saving resources and protecting the environment by recycling; and 3.we know no one would recycle if they weren't forced to. Let's look at these three things we think we know. Are they real or are they rubbish? 1. Are We Running Out of Landfill Space? Two events created the perfect garbage storm in the late 1980s. One barge and one bureaucrat created this overhyped myth. The garbage barge was the Mobro 4000. The bureaucrat was J. Winston Porter. The...
  • The Man Who Predicted the Depression (Ludwig von Mises)

    11/07/2009 3:49:39 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies · 884+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 6, 2009 | Mark Spitznagel
    Ludwig von Mises was snubbed by economists world-wide as he warned of a credit crisis in the 1920s. We ignore the great Austrian at our peril today. Mises's ideas on business cycles were spelled out in his 1912 tome "Theorie des Geldes und der Umlaufsmittel" ("The Theory of Money and Credit"). Not surprisingly few people noticed, as it was published only in German and wasn't exactly a beach read at that. Taking his cue from David Hume and David Ricardo, Mises explained how the banking system was endowed with the singular ability to expand credit and with it the money...
  • Microsoft Wants Galactic Patent

    09/03/2009 9:05:53 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 358+ views
    Mises Economics Blog ^ | 9/2/09 | Stephan Kinsella
    Despite a potentially crippling patent injunction against selling Word that Microsoft is battling on appeal, Microsoft, via a senior lawyer, is nevertheless calling for a global patent system "to make it easier and faster for corporations to enforce their intellectual property rights around the world". Yep--despite the big hit they just took due to i4i's patent, Microsoft is concerned about the "unmanageable backlogs and interminable pendency periods" of national patent systems, which have 3.5 million patents pending. You hear that right--Microsoft things more is "needed to be done to allow corporations to protect their intellectual property." What, do they want...
  • Why the Current Policy Prescriptions Cannot Possibly Work

    08/08/2009 7:30:11 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 6 replies · 870+ views
    Mises Institute ^ | 8/7/2009 | Thorsten Polleit
    The Cause of the Disaster: Are governments doing enough to fight this financial and economic crisis? Is it a good thing that central banks have cut interest rates essentially to zero and have increased the base money supply dramatically to support the financial sector? Will depression be prevented if governments across the world run up huge deficits in an attempt to strengthen demand, production, and employment? To answer these questions truthfully, we need to diagnose the causes of the debacle and then formulate the proper way out of it. The diagnosis can be stated in just one sentence: Governments have...
  • Hangover Theory: How Paul Krugman Has Misconceived Austrian Theory

    08/01/2009 10:15:51 AM PDT · by Rodebrecht · 4 replies · 264+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | 7/31/09 | David Gordon
    Paul Krugman is an eminent economist, but he here reveals a woefully inadequate understanding of Austrian business-cycle theory. The rudiments of the theory are easy; one might have thought that even a Keynesian could grasp them. According to Mises and Hayek, an expansion in bank credit pushes the money rate of interest below the "natural" rate. People prefer goods in the present to the same goods in the future, a matter obvious to anyone except for a few philosophers. The rate at which people favor the present, in the Austrian view, chiefly determines the rate of interest.
  • Classic Works in Economics by Ludwig von Mises - Free Downloads of Complete Books in PDF Format

    05/15/2009 1:43:24 AM PDT · by GoodDay · 16 replies · 583+ views
    PDF downloads of complete works by Ludwig von Mises, including "Human Action" and "Socialism." A few of the works are in e-book format and can be read online. Interestingly, there is also an MP3 file of Mises speaking at Princeton University in 1958 (the lecture can also be read online at the same site). The audio is not pristine and Mises has a heavy accent, making the file a bit challenging to listen to. The lecture is entitled "Liberty and Property." Download the MP3 at: http://www.mises.org/libprop.asp
  • Trends Can Change

    04/01/2009 7:38:33 PM PDT · by Xenophon450 · 3 replies · 304+ views
    Mises.org ^ | February 12, 1951 | Ludwig von Mises
    One of the cherished dogmas implied in contemporary fashionable doctrines is the belief that tendencies of social evolution, as manifested in the recent past, will prevail in the future too. Study of the past, it is assumed, discloses the shape of things to come. Any attempt to reverse or even to stop a trend is doomed to failure. Man must submit to the irresistible power of historical destiny. To this dogma is added the Hegelian idea of progressive improvement in human conditions. Every later stage of history, Hegel taught, is of necessity a higher and more perfect state than the...
  • National Socialism (parallels between the Russian and German experience with socialism)

    11/12/2008 11:57:20 AM PST · by stockpirate · 27 replies · 1,243+ views
    Ludwig Von Mises Institute ^ | 9/28/1998 | Ralph Reiland
    In 1944, Ludwig von Mises published one of his least-known masterworks: Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War. Drawing on his prewar experience in Vienna, watching the rise of the national socialists in Germany (the Nazis), who would eventually take over his own homeland, he set out to draw parallels between the Russian and German experience with socialism. It was common in those days, as it is in ours, to identify the Communists as leftist and the Nazis as rightists, as if they stood on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. But Mises knew differently. They...
  • Supporters of Capitalism Are Crazy, Says Harvard

    03/17/2009 9:21:58 AM PDT · by To Hell With Poverty · 31 replies · 1,357+ views
    mises.org ^ | 3/17/09 | Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
    Last weekend, Harvard University sponsored a conference called (I am not making this up) "The Free Market Mindset: History, Psychology, and Consequences." Its purpose was to try to figure out why, since everyone knows the current crisis amounts to a failure of the market economy, the stupid rubes continue to believe in it. The promotional literature for the conference opened with That Quotation from Alan Greenspan — the one in which he suggested that there was, after all, a "flaw" in the free market he hadn't noticed before. Well, that does it, then! If our Soviet commissar in charge of...
  • Beating back Obamanomics

    03/08/2009 10:25:55 PM PDT · by Xenophon450 · 31 replies · 994+ views
    Mises.org ^ | 3/6/2009 12:00:00 AM | Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr
    It's raining, pouring, economic fallacies by the hour, followed by a flood of horrible policy that is driving us ever further into economic depression. The regime in charge has really gone nuts, revealing itself as both deeply ignorant and horribly evil. We find ourselves facing the horror of what has always been the Achilles heel of the left wing: its abysmal ignorance of economic science. The ideological tendency has gone from Keynesianism to outright socialism in a matter of a few weeks. And the trajectory seems to be accelerated mainly by the logic of the interventionist cycle: bad policy leads...
  • Do You Austrians Have a Better Idea?

    02/03/2009 12:18:18 PM PST · by AgThorn · 10 replies · 624+ views
    Ludwig Von Mises Institute ^ | 2/2/2009 | Robert P. Murphy
    "Do You Austrians Have a Better Idea?" Daily Article by Robert P. Murphy | Posted on 2/2/2009 12:00:00 AM A lot of people get annoyed with Austrian economists because they tend to be so dogmatic (we prefer the term consistent) and because they cloak their strictly economic claims with self-righteousness (we prefer the term morality). After a good Austrian bashing of the latest call to steal taxpayer money and waste it on something that will make a given problem worse, the stumped critics will often shout, "Oh yeah? Well do you guys have a better idea?"Now, in truth, someone...
  • Third Way or Third Reich?

    12/16/2008 10:57:43 AM PST · by rvoitier · 25 replies · 830+ views
    http://www.frontpagemag.com ^ | Thursday, June 22, 2000 | Richard Poe
    During the collapse of the Soviet Empire, Mikhail Gorbachev promoted the so-called "Third Way" as an alternative to free markets. This new way of governing would be neither capitalist nor communist, but something in between. In a similar vein, President Clinton said in his 1998 State of the Union address, "We have moved past the sterile debate between those who say government is the enemy and those who say government is the answer. My fellow Americans, we have found a Third Way." This Third Way calls for business and government to join hands as "partners." As Clinton told the Economic...
  • A Fake Banking History of the United States

    11/24/2008 6:10:20 AM PST · by Oyarsa · 6 replies · 614+ views
    Mises.org ^ | Thomas J. DiLorenzo
    Ask yourself this question: was the housing price bubble, which has burst, caused by (a) a Fed policy of too much liquidity, which caused artificially low interest rates, which in turn caused a great deal of malinvestment, or (b) a Fed policy of too little liquidity which caused high interest rates and a credit-starved economy? If you chose answer b, congratulations, you may have a future as a celebrated author, historian, and Wall Street Journal commentator. Answer b is a theme of a truly ridiculous article by John Steele Gordon in the October 10 issue of the Wall Street Journal...
  • The Austrians were Right

    11/23/2008 8:43:25 AM PST · by ovrtaxt · 97 replies · 3,530+ views
    House.gov ^ | 11/20/08 | Ron Paul
    Madame Speaker, many Americans are hoping the new administration will solve the economic problems we face.  That’s not likely to happen, because the economic advisors to the new President have no more understanding of how to get us out of this mess than previous administrations and Congresses understood how the crisis was brought about in the first place. Except for a rare few, Members of Congress are unaware of Austrian Free Market economics.  For the last 80 years, the legislative, judiciary and executive branches of our government have been totally influenced by Keynesian economics.  If they had had any...
  • He Made Free Markets Invaluable

    05/01/2008 7:52:16 AM PDT · by Ron Jeremy · 12 replies · 113+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 4/30/2008 | Paul whitfield
    He Made Free Markets Invaluable BY PAUL WHITFIELD INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 4/30/2008 When the Nazis stormed the apartment in Vienna, he was gone. The man they were looking for was Ludwig von Mises, an economist whose writings enraged them. Fortunately for von Mises, he was out of Austria in March 1938. The Nazis had to settle for grabbing 38 cases of his books and papers.
  • Credit Crisis: Precursor of Great Inflation

    02/07/2008 8:19:37 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 22 replies · 142+ views
    Mises.org ^ | 7 February 2008 | Thorsten Polleit
    Diagnosing the Causes of the Crisis ...It is against this background that one may wish to review the US central bank's series of rate cuts, the latest being a big 75-basis-points rate slash on January 22, 2008, which brought the official Fed Funds Target Rate to 3.5%.[1] While the Fed's moves were mostly hailed in public as appropriate measures to help the economy avoid recession, Austrian economists hold a completely different view. According to the Austrian Monetary Theory of the Trade Cycle it is the government-run money-supply monopoly that has not only caused the crisis; the theory also diagnoses that...
  • Happy Labor Day: We're All Workers?

    09/04/2006 11:54:48 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 22 replies · 468+ views
    The Atlas Society & Objectivist Center ^ | 9/4/2006 | Edward Hudgins
    Happy Labor Day: We're All Workers! by Edward Hudgins The Atlas Society & Objectivist Center ehudgins@objectivistcenter.org When Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894 it marked not only a celebration by workers but a division of Americans into groups often seen as opposed to one another. The day grew out of a desire to get governments to force employers to offer certain terms of employment to workers. The first Labor Day parade took place in 1882 in New York and was organized by Peter McGuire who helped found the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions. The "labor"...
  • The Libertarian Heritage: The American Revolution and Classical Liberalism

    05/15/2006 8:40:01 AM PDT · by Marxbites · 371 replies · 2,808+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | May 13, 2006 | Murray N. Rothbard
    On election day, 1976, the Libertarian party presidential ticket of Roger L. MacBride for President and David P. Bergland for Vice President amassed 174,000 votes in thirty-two states throughout the country. The sober Congressional Quarterly was moved to classify the fledgling Libertarian party as the third major political party in America. The remarkable growth rate of this new party may be seen in the fact that it only began in 1971 with a handful of members gathered in a Colorado living room. The following year it fielded a presidential ticket which managed to get on the ballot in two states....
  • The Great (and Continuing) Economic Debate of the 20th Century

    03/21/2006 11:37:40 PM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 204 replies · 2,554+ views
    Imprimis/Hillsdale College ^ | March 2006 | Steve Forbes
    The great economic debate of the twentieth century was between collectivists and free-marketers. In one sense, the free-marketers won: When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, it was widely acknowledged that Soviet socialism had been a catastrophic, not to say murderous, failure. But in another sense, the debate continues. Democratic capitalism still has not vanquished the idea of collectivism. Far from it. At the beginning of the last century, free markets seemed to be on the ascendancy everywhere. But two events gave collectivism its lease on life. The first was World War I. In addition to the slaughter—and to breeding...
  • The Pope and the Cause of Freedom

    10/30/2001 6:11:28 AM PST · by sendtoscott · 5 replies · 1,916+ views
    Mises.org ^ | October 25, 2001 | Jeffrey Tucker
    The Pope and the Cause of Freedom by Jeffrey Tucker[Posted October 25, 2001]Ten years ago, Pope John Paul II released Centesimus Annus, an encyclical, at once subtle and sweeping, that addressed the future of the post-communist countries of Europe and the general subjects of freedom, society, and faith. The document represented the fullest embrace that the Catholic Church has given in the modern period to classical liberal ideas, particularly as they apply in the economic sphere. In CA, the Pope argues that socialism failed, not just because it was bad economics, but mainly because it rejected the "truth about ...
  • Rethinking American History, Completely

    12/29/2004 12:50:20 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 28 replies · 1,297+ views
    Mises Daily Article ^ | Dec. 29, 2004 | David Gordon
    The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. By Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Regnery Publishing, 2004. Xv + 270 pgs. Thomas Woods' superb new book has already achieved fame as the first Austrian-inspired book to be on the New York Times bestseller list in many years. It also delivers much more than it promises. Woods offers his book as a guide to "those who find the standard narrative or the typical textbook unpersuasive or ideologically biased" (p. xiv). This suggests that Woods has principally students in mind as his audience; but many others will benefit from reading the book. Woods displays...
  • Mises on Keynes (1927)

    12/18/2004 12:48:13 PM PST · by nanak · 7 replies · 451+ views
    Ludwig Von Mises Institute ^ | 12/18/2004 | Ludwig Von Mises Institute
    This is Mises's 1927 review of J. M. Keynes, The End of Laissez-Faire, Ideas on the Unification of Private and Social Economy (Munich and Leipzig: Duncker and Humblot, 1926), 40 pages, translated for the first time here (by Joseph Stromberg). It originally appeared as Mises, "Das Ende des Laissez-Faire, Ideen zur Verbindung von Privat- und Gemeinwirtschaft". Zeitschrift für die gesamte Staatswissenschaft. 82(1927) 190-91. A review of a lecture given by John M. Keynes in Berlin. This text reproduces an address given by the English economist John Maynard Keynes on June 23, 1926, at the University of Berlin. It makes a...
  • A Dichotomy in Two Colors

    11/20/2004 11:35:26 PM PST · by Borges · 20 replies · 1,497+ views
    A Dichotomy in Two Colors by Christopher Westley [Posted November 19, 2004] Call it the mystery of the red and the blue. After the presidential election, many have noticed the irony of how some of the more conservative, culturally red states seem to receive more in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes. Meanwhile, some of the more liberal, culturally blue states seem to receive less in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes. You’d think the supposedly anti-Washington reds should be blues and the supposedly pro-Washington blues should be reds. After all, the red states seem to...
  • The trouble with talk radio

    08/09/2004 12:59:36 AM PDT · by GeronL · 40 replies · 1,175+ views
    Mises.org ^ | August 9, 2004 | Christopher Westley
    A recent article of mine on a public sector scandal, this one in Milwaukee, brought several e-mails from friends and strangers telling me that it was read and discussed on WTMJ-AM in that city by its weekday morning host, Charles Sykes. WTMJ is Milwaukee’s highest rated talk station, and while I appreciated the plug, I was not sure if that is the sort of station that friends of liberty need to be associated with. That’s because that station, like so many across the U.S., have adopted the pro-war, pro-Bush nationalist format that dominates AM radio today, robbing it of much...
  • Maybe Bush is Hitler (This is the original title from the author)

    01/12/2004 8:50:02 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 44 replies · 143+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/12/2004 | Vox Day
    Maybe Bush is Hitler -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: January 12, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com In 1934, four years before Germany annexed his native Austria in the Anschluss, the economist Ludwig von Mises left Vienna for the safety of Geneva. The great enemy of socialism – his damning critique, "Socialism," was published in 1922 – had seen clearly how the winds were blowing with the rise of the National Socialists. In 1940, he emigrated to the United States, where he warned of the rise of quasi-socialist statism in his 1944 book, "Bureaucracy." Unlike Mises, most people are taken by complete...
  • The Nation That Lost Its Jobs, But Got Them Back

    11/22/2003 9:08:10 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 14 replies · 141+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | November 20, 2003 | By Gene Callahan
    The Nation That Lost Its Jobs, But Got Them Back By Gene Callahan [Posted November 20, 2003] Once upon a time, there were two hippies, Jerry and Sarah. Tired of the rat race of modern life, they found a deserted valley in a remote region of the world. They moved there, with their four children. They declared that the area was now the independent kingdom of Lost Valley and seceded from the surrounding nation. Amazingly, it let them go. The family lived a harsh life at the margin of subsistence. Everything that they needed, besides the few tools and amenities...