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BlogMarch 11, 2015

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BlogMarch 28, 2005
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Economic Controversies

BooksMarch 18, 2011
After Murray Rothbard finished his theoretical magnum opus — Man, Economy, and State — he turned his attention away from pure positive theory toward dealing with the opposition to Austrian theory. The result was a long series of fantastic scholarly articles taking on every error of the...

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Toward a Libertarian Society

BooksJune 6, 2014
Walter Block has for decades been one of the most effective and indefatigable defenders of libertarianism. One feature in his writing stands out, from his classic Defending the Undefendable to the present. He consistently applies the principles of libertarianism to every situation in a bold and...

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The Economics of Liberty

BooksAugust 30, 2008
This collection of short, entertaining, and educational articles exposes how government interference with the economy violates individual liberty, leads to inefficiencies, and rewards special interests.

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Forgotten Lessons: Selected Essays of John T. Flynn

BooksMarch 5, 2010
This collection of essays and articles provides a small sampling of Flynn's work, as well as a look at some of the great themes that animated the Old Right...

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Mises: An Annotated Bibliography

BooksMarch 29, 2009
An essential companion to all of Mises's works, this easy-to-use bibliography covers his life from Vienna to New York. It provides summaries of his works and detailed publication information--a real treasure trove. A special treat is the extensive coverage of what others from all political...

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1. Types of Interpersonal Action: Violence

Online Text Page from Man, Economy, and State, with Power and Market, Ch. 2. Direct Exchange

THE ANALYSIS IN CHAPTER 1 WAS based on the logical implications of the assumption of action, and its results hold true for all human action. The application of these principles was confined, however, to “Crusoe economics,” where the actions of isolated individuals are considered by themselves. In these situations, there are no interactions between persons. Thus, the analysis could easily and directly be applied to n number of isolated Crusoes on n islands or other isolated areas.

8. Charity and Poverty

Online Text Page from Power and Market: Government and the Economy, Ch. 6. Antimarket Ethics: A Praxeological Critique

A common complaint is that the free market would not insure the elimination of poverty, that it would “leave people free to starve,” and that it is far better to be “kindhearted” and give “charity” free rein by taxing the rest of the populace in order to subsidize the poor and the substandard.

9. The Charge of “Selfish Materialism”

Online Text Page from Power and Market: Government and the Economy, Ch. 6. Antimarket Ethics: A Praxeological Critique

One of the most common charges levelled against the free market (even by many of its friends) is that it reflects and encourages unbridled “selfish materialism.” Even if the free market—unhampered capitalism—best furthers man's “material” ends, critics argue, it distracts man from higher ideals. It leads man away from spiritual or intellectual values and atrophies any spirit of altruism.

What Happens When You Feed Unicorns

BlogMarch 18, 2015

Last month, Fortune magazine's cover story considered how we are now living in the age of unicorns, given that at least 80 start-ups have achieved this status...  

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1. Economics and Praxeology

Online Text Page from Human Action, Ch. Introduction

Economics is the youngest of all sciences. In the last two hundred years, it is true, many new sciences have emerged from the disciplines familiar to the ancient Greeks. However, what happened here was merely that parts of knowledge which had already found their place in the complex of the old system of learning now became autonomous. The field of study was more nicely subdivided and treated with new methods; hitherto unnoticed provinces were discovered in it, and people began to see things from aspects different from those of their precursors. The field itself was not expanded.

26. The Marxian Theory of Wage Rates

Online Text Page from Economic Freedom and Interventionism, Ch. III. Mises As Critic

The most powerful force in the policies of our age is Karl Marx. The rulers of the many hundreds of millions of comrades in the Communist countries behind the Iron Curtain pretend to put into effect the teachings of Marx; they consider themselves as the executors of the testament of Marx.

I. The Setting: History

Online Text Page from A Short History of Man: Progress and Decline, Ch. 1. On the Origin of Private Property and the Family

It is reasonable to begin human history five million years ago, when the human line of evolutionary descent separated from that of our closest nonhuman relative, the chimpanzee. It is also reasonable to begin it 2.5 million years ago, with the first appearance of homo habilis; or 200,000 years ago, when the first representative of “anatomically modern man” made its appearance; or 100,000 years ago, when the anatomically modern man had become the standard human form.

2. Material Welfare

Online Text Page from Liberalism: In the Classical Tradition, Ch. Introduction

Liberalism is a doctrine directed entirely towards the conduct of men in this world. In the last analysis, it has nothing else in view than the advancement of their outward, material welfare and does not concern itself directly with their inner, spiritual and metaphysical needs.