- Rothbard Graduate Seminar
In June, the Mises Institute hosted the Rothbard Graduate Seminar, an intense week-long program styled in the Chicago Great Books tradition and sponsored by Alice J. Lillie. This year’s teaching faculty featured Joseph Salerno, Mark Thornton, Jeff Herbener, Peter Klein, David Gordon, and Patrick Newman.
The topic of this year’s RGS was Ludwig von Mises's Human Action, and 14 graduate students plus additional faculty and observers attended, representing 11 U.S. states, 4 countries, 13 college and universities.
- Mises Meetup in Birmingham
On June 6, at the beautiful Avondale Brewing Co. in Birmingham, Alabama, Jeff Deist and Professor Patrick Newman held a no-holds barred discussion on the economy after the coronavirus shutdown and the summer protests, are we facing another Great Depression, what about these stimulus packages, and what will the economic mess look like in 2021?
The energy was vibrant and everyone had a rousing good time. Join us in Orlando for our next Mises Meetup event.
Special thanks to Mark Walker for sponsoring this event.
Economics for Business
There is a strong case to be made to “Austrianize” the business discipline: to apply concepts like consumer sovereignty, subjective value, entrepreneurial judgment, and Austrian capital theory to business, via content that includes articles, posts, papers and books, online and in-classroom teaching by our professors and instructors, new tools of our own design, and the assembly of a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners and managers.
The Mises Institute is launching a project we call Economics for Business to pursue this goal. The Economics for Entrepreneurs podcast has been the first of our initiatives, and we are in the midst of building a new online platform for entrepreneurs that will make available a wide range of new content and tools.
We have gathered six professors to discuss and build a robust bridge from economics to innovative new business models in our new ebook, Austrian Economics In Contemporary Business Applications.
In the second quarter of 2020, website traffic continued to show substantial growth. Mises.org had over 6 million unique page views (up from 3.2 million in Q2 of 2019). With 142,903 page views, May 19 was the second-highest traffic day in the history of mises.org. Mises.org also cracked the top 15,000 global websites according to Alexa.com, a website dedicated to online traffic ratings.
Top 5 Most Read Articles on Mises.org for the Second Quarter:
This quarter we launched the Audio Mises Wire, making multiple top Mises Wire articles available as a convenient new podcast. AMW offers a great new way to keep up with our daily content, and episodes are receiving thousands of downloads already.
Top 5 Podcast Episodes in the Second Quarter:
- 1. “Human Action Part One with David Gordon”
- 2. “Human Action Part Four with Dr. Joe Salerno”
- 3. “Human Action Part Seven with Tom Woods”
- 4. “Human Action Part Six with Dr. Peter Klein”
- 5. “Human Action Part Six with Jeff Deist”
Top 5 PDF Downloads in the Second Quarter:
- 1. Human Action (almost 15,00 downloads this quarter)
- 2. Introduction to Economics by John V. Van Sickle
- 3. The Economic of Inflation: A Study of Currency Depreciation in Post-War Germany by Costantino Bresciani-Turroni
- 4. Dinero, Crédito Bancario y Ciclos Económicos by Jesús Huerta de Soto
- 5. The Theory of International Trade by Gottfried Haberler
Faculty, Associated Scholars, and More
By supporting graduate, law school, and postdoc students in their academic research, the Mises Institute Research Fellowship program has been vital to the growth of the modern Austrian school.
This year, we’ve hosted seven fellows in residence:
Dr. Patrick Newman, Roy Simmen Visiting Scholar
Florida Southern College
Research: Writing Liberty versus Power: A History of Cronyism in the United States, 1607–1865, and researching the Jacksonian era, particularly the efforts to repeal Henry Clay's American System and the unfortunate drive to war with Mexico.
Antón Chamberlin, sponsored by Ken Garschina
Research: An Austrian look into the “Mexican miracle” of the mid-twentieth century.
Nicholas Cooper, sponsored by the Conant Family Foundation
George Mason University
Research: An examination of the history of the Bank of Amsterdam, monetary federalism, and the effects that financial regulations such as Dodd-Frank have had on new bank startups and macroeconomic growth.
Fernando D’Andrea, sponsored by Frank and Sharon Woodul
Oklahoma State University
Research: A praxeological analysis of the scholarship on strategic marketing to expand the boundaries of marketing and help introduce this methodological approach to mainstream marketing and business literature.
Marcel Gautreau, sponsored by Frank and Sharon Woodul
George Mason University
Research: An investigation of how private firms and economic agents engage in political specialization under different regime types, particularly under the socialism of the USSR.
Kristoffer Hansen, sponsored by Frank and Sharon Woodul
University of Angers
Research: The influence of monetary intervention on technological development and the economics of central bank digital currencies.
Agnieszka Plonka, Kurzweg Fellow
University of Warsaw
Research: Using the instinctive manipulation techniques of individuals diagnosed with certain personality disorders as a microscale laboratory of a totalitarian state and the problem of information war in the framework of natural law.
This quarter the Mises Institute published Anatomy of the Crash: The Financial Crisis of 2020. Edited by Tho Bishop, the book is a collection of published articles on contemporary financial topics illustrating how the financial instability that COVID-19 exposed is the direct product of bad policy decisions since 2008.
The book is available as a free ebook in both English (mises.org) and Spanish (mises.org.es) and in paperback at the Mises Bookstore.
Ward and Massey Library
Carl Watner made a special donation to the Mises archives in the form of The Voluntaryist Collection. This includes the six-volume set The Collected Works of Lysander Spooner. Volume 1 contains inscriptions from Murray Rothbard and other scholars. Mr. Watner acquired most of the signatures at a libertarian conference he attended in late July of 1981 at Bates College in Maine.
The donation includes 175 books.