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David Gordon

Tags Media and CultureSocialismWorld HistoryAustrian Economics OverviewCalculation and KnowledgeOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Works Published inMises Daily ArticleThe Journal of Libertarian StudiesEssays in Political EconomyQuarterly Journal of Austrian EconomicsMises ReviewThe Free MarketThe AustrianSpeeches and Presentations

AwardsMurray N. Rothbard Medal of Freedom

David Gordon is a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He was educated at UCLA, where he earned his PhD in intellectual history. He is the author of Resurrecting Marx: The Analytical Marxists on Exploitation, Freedom, and JusticeThe Philosophical Origins of Austrian Economics,An Introduction to Economic Reasoning, and Critics of Marx. He is also editor of Secession, State, and Liberty and co-editor of H.B. Acton'sMorals of Markets and Other Essays.

Dr. Gordon is the editor of The Mises Review, and a contributor to such journals as analysisThe International Philosophic QuarterlyThe Journal of Libertarian Studies, and The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.

All Works

A Puzzle about Mises and Conscription

War and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog04/10/2020

Not only are conscripts enslaved, often under brutal conditions, they can be sent to die in battle. Mises opposed conscription, but there was an exception.

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Equality and Levelling Down

SocialismPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog04/03/2020

Egalitarians think that equality has intrinsic value: they advocate it for its own sake, not just to forestall bad consequences. But why is a situation in which some in it have been made better off, and none worse off, worse than one of equality?

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Eminent Domain: Are Holdouts Really a Problem?

Blog03/27/2020

David Gordon is not convinced by the usual arguments claiming property owners ought to be forced to sell their property for an arbitrarily determined "market price."

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Bigness Is Badness: The Case for a National Divorce

Book ReviewsDecentralization and Secession

03/23/2020The Austrian
Buckley does an excellent job of outlining the problems with large centralized states. But he ends up calling for “secession lite,” that is to say, mere devolution of power to the states and localities. I wish he had moved in the other direction and explored the ways people can solve their problems...
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A Fallacy about Negative Externalities

Philosophy and MethodologySubjectivism

Blog03/20/2020

Some people use the concept of negative externalities to argue for government to force people toward "what is best for them." An example of this is the call for a consumption tax.

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