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Ebenezer Scrooge: Hero or Villain?


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12/23/2020Ryan McMakenTho Bishop

Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop debate whether Ebenezer Scrooge's words and actions teach us important economic truths, or if he's just an ignorant crank.

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Additional Reading

"The Case for Ebenezer" by Butler Shaffer:

"Scrooge Defended" by Michael Levin:

"Defending the Miser" by Walter Block:

"Was Scrooge the Victim in A Christmas Carol?" by Ryan McMaken:

"Correcting Scrooge's Economics" by Ryan McMaken:

"Ebenezer Scrooge's Tiresome Crusade Against 'Consumerism'" by Ryan McMaken:

"This Christmas, Let's Celebrate a Different Scrooge: Scrooge McDuck" by Kristoffer Mousten Hansen:

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Contact Ryan McMaken

Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is a senior editor at the Mises Institute. Send him your article submissions for the Mises Wire and Power and Market, but read article guidelines first. Ryan has a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in public policy and international relations from the University of Colorado. He was a housing economist for the State of Colorado. He is the author of Breaking Away: The Case of Secession, Radical Decentralization, and Smaller Polities and Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

Contact Tho Bishop

Tho is an assistant editor for the Mises Wire, and can assist with questions from the press. Prior to working for the Mises Institute, he served as Deputy Communications Director for the House Financial Services Committee. His articles have been featured in The Federalist, the Daily Caller, and Business Insider.

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