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Connor Boyak

Connor Boyack

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Connor Boyack founded the Libertas Institute in 2011 and serves as its president. Previous to Libertas, Connor served as director of the Utah Tenth Amendment Center. He is the author of several books, including the...

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Less Fed Financial Repression Irrational?

BlogJuly 13, 2014

In a recent Bloomberg Views piece, mainstream economist Noah Smith accused his Austrian  critics of having “brain worms” and even "anti-semitic overtones." He then mischaracterized what his critics were saying so that he could ridicule it. This wasn’t...

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Too Much Government, Too Much Taxation

BooksJuly 22, 2009
We Americans are, if not the most governed, certainly the most governmented people in the world.

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Secession, State, and Liberty

BooksJune 30, 1998
The essays in Secession, State & Liberty argue that the political impulse to secede—to attempt to separate from central government control—is a vital part of the Lockean classical-liberal tradition, one that emerges when national governments become too big and too ambitious. Unlike...

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Walk Away: The Rise and Fall of the Home-Ownership Myth

BooksNovember 18, 2010
This elegant and fact-filled book by Doug French examines the background to the case of "strategic default," or walking away from your home, and considers its implications from a variety of different perspectives...

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Money: Sound and Unsound

BooksSeptember 5, 2014
Ludwig von Mises said that there can never be too much of a good theory. Salerno proves it in this sweeping and nearly comprehensive book on applied Austrian monetary theory.

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The Moral Case for the Free Market Economy

BooksJuly 6, 2006
Tibor Machan makes the case for the free market system of economics based on the view of human beings as moral agents with the legal system of a good community as designed to nurture this moral agency.

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The Return to Laisser Faire

BooksJune 5, 2009
Government means, or should mean, the right ordering of all. Modern government has degenerated into tinkering with the wants or rights or liberties of classes or sections or groups, and it is rare, in these days, to hear a political discussion which takes adequate account of the interests of the...

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How to Keep Our Liberty

BooksJuly 17, 2009
"Individualities may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation." This was a comment by Benjamin Disraeli a century ago when he was beginning the task of building the Conservative Party, a party that still lives a lusty, constructive life...

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The New Despotism

BooksMarch 16, 2010
When the modern political community was being shaped at the end of the 18th century, its founders thought that the consequences of republican or representative institutions in government would be the reduction of political power in individual lives.

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The Economics of Prohibition

BooksJuly 20, 2005
It is conventional wisdom that alcohol prohibition failed, but the economic reasons for this failure have never been as extensively detailed or analyzed as they are in this study by Mark Thornton.

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The Merchants of Death

BooksNovember 22, 2007
Here is the archetype of all post–World War I revisionism of a particular variety: the hunt for the people who made the big bucks off the killing machine...

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The Origins of the Federal Reserve

BooksFebruary 8, 2011
The Fed did not originate as a policy response to national need. It was founded by two groups of elites: government officials and large financial and banking interests.

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Introduction to Robert LeFevre's The Nature of Man and His Government

BooksNovember 17, 2005
Introduction to Robert LeFevre's The Nature of Man and His Government , by Rose Wilder Lane This little book is important because it is revolutionary thinking. To appreciate its value correctly, we should remember the World Revolution's career so far. Not two centuries ago, refugees and...

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Capital and Interest

BooksJuly 20, 2005
Böhm-Bawerk surveys and critiques failed theories of interest from antiquity to modern times, presents a full theory of the structure of production, and defends the importance of capital in production and time in the determination of the interest rate.

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Education: Free and Compulsory

BooksJanuary 3, 2006
In this radical and scholarly monograph, Rothbard identifies the crucial feature of our educational system that dooms it to fail: at every level, from financing to attendance, the system relies on compulsion instead of voluntary consent.

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Dissent on Keynes: A Critical Appraisal of Keynesian Economics

BooksOctober 4, 2008
The purpose of this provocative collection of papers is to begin the expulsion, once and for all, of John Maynard Keynes from the halls of government, the classrooms of academia, and the boardrooms of big business.

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Pillars of Prosperity: Free Markets, Honest Money, Private Property

BooksJanuary 8, 2008
When the economic history of our times is written, one man will emerge as the prophet of both the financial collapse and the disasters associated with government management: Ron Paul.

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The Economics of Illusion

BooksMarch 9, 2007
Hahn explodes many of Keynes's fallacies — and with great precision too, because, it turns out, Hahn himself once advanced these same fallacies before he saw their errors...

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The De Moneta of Nicholas Oresme and English Mint Documents

BooksFebruary 14, 2009
Nicole Oresme has been called the most brilliant scientist of the 14th century: mathematician, musicologist, physicist, philosopher, and economist. On top of that, he was a Bishop and a theologian. His writings of money bear much in common with Carl Menger. Oresme's treatise on money, De Moneta...

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