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The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

BooksJuly 20, 2005
La Boétie investigates and deconstructs the nature of the state.

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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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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 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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An Economic Analysis of the Norris-LaGuardia Act, the Wagner Act, and the Labor Representation Industry

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Economists have been relatively silent about the legislation from the 1930's which supports unionism and collective bargaining in the United States. A failure to apply economic analysis to the Norris-LaGuardia and Wagner acts has allowed a consensus about this legislation to develop among labor...

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How Greek Default May Still Unravel the EU

Mises DailyJanuary 23, 2015
The Greeks may still default, and that would mean big trouble not so much for Greece as for other EU member states who will be on the hook for even more bailouts.

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Omnipotent Government p. 243

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If a man says socialism, or planning, he always has in view his own brand of socialism, his own plan. Thus planning does not in fact mean preparedness to cooperate peacefully. It means conflict.

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TAG: Unlimited Insurance, Unlimited Risk

Audio/VideoOctober 26, 2012
Presented at the Mises Circle in Manhattan, hosted by the Ludwig von Mises Institute and sponsored by the Story Garschina Charitable Fund, and Anonymous Donor. Recorded on Friday, 14 September 2012, at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

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License Tags and Free Speech

JournalsDecember 1, 2001
This past September, the state government of South Carolina came under fire for issuing a special license plate bearing the slogan "Choose Life." Affronted abortion-rights groups quickly filed suit, claiming that the state was violating the first and fourteenth amendments by failing to...

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Ooh Là Là!

Mises DailySeptember 23, 2004
If a Sun King, or a Robespierre, could bring about no identifiable or lasting increase in the commonwealth of the proud people under their rule, writes Sean Corrigan, what do we really think can be done by the current crop?

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Default! Default!

JournalsNovember 1, 2001
We will never resort to a bailout, said the Bush administration concerning the financial failures of the Argentinian government. That was one week before the same administration arranged an $8 billion line of credit for the same government.

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Etienne de la Boetie

Etienne de la Boetie

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Of Étienne de La Boétie (1530–1563)
Murray Rothbard wrote that he "has been best remembered as the great and close friend of the eminent essayist Michel de Montaigne, in one of history's most notable friendships. But he would be better remembered, as some historians have come to recognize...

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Genevieve LaGreca

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Gen LaGreca is the author of Noble Vision, a novel that won a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award and was a finalist in the ...

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Brian LaSorsa

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Brian LaSorsa is a columnist in Phoenix, Arizona. He has contributed to the Washington Examiner and the American Conservative and regularly blogs at the Huffington Post.
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Community Norms for Punishment and Restitution

Audio/VideoMarch 14, 2010
Recorded 13 March 2010 at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.

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Understanding Argentina’s Coming Default

Audio/VideoAugust 8, 2014
The Argentine government has a habit of spending without restraint and then trying to cheat its creditors. But this time, it's run into a problem, writes Nicolás Cachanosky. This audio Mises Daily is narrated by Robert Hale...

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