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The Political Consequences of the Welfare State

Big GovernmentInflationAustrian Economics OverviewInterventionism

03/05/2020Mises Media
Ludwig von Mises begins by recounting the origin and semantics of the term welfare state .
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Language and the Inflation Debates

InflationMedia and CultureAustrian Economics Overview

03/02/2020Mises Media
Ludwig von Mises discusses inflation, labor unions, and issues of the adoption of improper terminology and widespread public misinformation.
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Why Socialism Always Fails

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

01/24/1972Mises Media
Mises explains why socialism always fails due to the absence of a free market pricing structure for capital goods.
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Question and Answer Session

Austrian Economics Overview

03/26/1971Mises Media
Two important questions to be answered: (1) What is inflation? What causes it? What are the effects? Inflation is an increase in the quantity of money available caused by an increased in the production of gold and silver, or an over-issuance of paper money. Prices rise. Purchasing power falls.
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Monetary Problems

Austrian Economics OverviewMonetary TheoryPhilosophy and Methodology

06/23/1970Mises Media
The monetary problem – the market problem – is the medium of exchange. The illusion is that one would be better off if only one had more money. Everybody should have more money. Therefore, make more money. This creates the system of inflation.
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Socialism versus Free Market Exchange

World HistoryAustrian Economics OverviewCalculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

05/02/1970Mises Media
Human beings are collaborators with each other. Socialism is one kind of cooperation of people. One thing determines the socialist organization. It is the lack of freedom and the complete obedience to a Fuehrer (leader). Not surprisingly, everyone considers themselves to be part of the ruling group...
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The Free Market Society

Free MarketsAustrian Economics Overview

02/21/1970Mises Media
Division of labor and an exchange economy are the basis of society. Various commodities competed for being money, but gold prevailed as the medium of exchange, without any interference by governmental authorities. We should have again a gold standard all over the world.
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A Seminar on Money

Money and BanksAustrian Economics OverviewMoney and Banking

11/08/1969Mises Media
From a practical point of view, the supply of money is very different from the supply of any other good. An increase in other goods, like shoes or meat, is a welcome event, but an increase in the supply of money dilutes the purchasing power of each money unit.
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Balance of Payments

Money and BanksAustrian Economics OverviewValue and Exchange

05/01/1969Mises Media
The doctrine in favor of the balance-of- payments is the worst illusory idea. Governmental interventions that seek to regulate international monetary flows to provide the necessary quantities of money for the economy are superfluous.
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On Money

Money and BanksAustrian Economics OverviewMoney and BankingValue and Exchange

04/03/1969Mises Media
Human cooperation means that everybody tries to contribute to the improvement of human conditions. It is in the market that I give something in order that you give something. Exchange leads to higher standards of living. Voluntary exchanges create civilization.
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