Summer 2024 Virtual Mises Book Club

Mises Book Club

In June 2024, the Mises Institute will hold its next Mises Book Club, a program that promotes deep reading in Austrian economics.

The reading for this book club will be one of Ludwig von Mises’s most popular works: Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow. This year marks the 45th anniversary of its publication.

This work is one of the best introductions to the ideas of Ludwig von Mises. It is based on six lectures he gave in 1959, covering a wide array of economic topics. According to Margit von Mises, who attended the lectures and edited the transcriptions for publication, he “spoke without any restraint about capitalism, socialism, interventionism, communism, fascism, economic policy and the dangers of dictatorship. These young people, who listened to my husband, did not know much about freedom of the market or individual freedom. […] The audience reacted as if a window had been opened and fresh air allowed to breeze through the rooms.”

This book club will be an excellent starting point for students who are new to Austrian economics, serving as a springboard to Mises’s other works, such as Omnipotent Government, Bureaucracy, Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth, Theory and History, and Human Action. Civilization depends on private property, economic freedom, the division of labor, and economic calculation based on market prices. Mises surveys these topics and more in Economic Policy, which makes it a great foundation for new students.

A small group of specially selected undergraduate students will be able to discuss this work with Dr. Karras Lambert in eight weekly virtual meetings, starting on June 4. The meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5-6 p.m. central time, and students will receive complimentary hard copies of the book.

Please apply for a position in the Mises Book Club by Friday, May 3. Decisions will be communicated to all applicants by Friday, May 10.

Important Note: all applicants agree to abide by the Mises Institute’s Visiting Scholars Manual. 

Scholarship Application Guidelines

Each applicant must provide a copy of the following: student photo ID, unofficial academic transcript, one letter of academic recommendation, and a writing sample. 

Writing Sample

A sample of academic writing, either a paper written for a class of a BA or MA thesis, or articles published on or Any length. Applicants are not expected to write something original specifically for this application.

Letter of Recommendation

This letter should address your academic strengths that go beyond what is recorded in the university transcript. Particularly helpful are comments on your interest in Austrian economics or Austrian scholarship in general, and your commitment to and capacity for pursuing a graduate degree. If your professor wishes to send this letter privately, it can be emailed to

Code of Conduct Agreement

Please complete the agreement to participate in our student program.

Students apply here. 

Special thanks to the Dean and Cam Williams Foundation for sponsoring this event.

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