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The Cultural Background of Ludwig von Mises — New Formats Available

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Editor's Note: Formerly only available in PDF format, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn's timeless essay "The Cultural Background of Ludwig von Mises" is now available in HTML making it much easier to use on your mobile devices. 

This essay not only provides some background on Mises himself, but also gives the reader a look into what it meant to be a laissez-faire liberal in Europe in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The competing agenda of various ethnic, religious, and ideological groups, all within the decentralized Austrian political world can provide us with insights into even our modern political environment. 

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn (1909-1999) was an Austrian nobleman and socio-political theorist who described himself as and enemy of all forms of totalitarianism and as an "extreme conservative arch-liberal" or "liberal of the extreme right." Described as "A Walking Book of Knowledge", Kuehnelt-Leddihn had an encyclopedic knowledge of the humanities and was a polyglot, able to speak eight languages and read seventeen others. 

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