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David Gordon

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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 EconomicsAn Introduction to Economic Reasoning, and Critics of Marx. He is also editor of Secession, State, and Liberty and coeditor of H.B. Acton's Morals of Markets and Other Essays.

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

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"The State" Is an Abstract Idea. So How Is the State Also So Murderous?

Political Theory

12/17/2021Friday Philosophy
An abstract state is built on patriotism. And when patriotism becomes "the highest of all virtues and the source of all the remaining ones,” states can get away with almost anything.
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Equality and Envy


12/17/2021Mises Media
There are many reasons why activists and intellectuals oppose inequality. Envy is one of them.
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In Defense of Turgot

World History


Turgot understood primitive modes of social organization are able to support much smaller numbers of people. If population increased, an egalitarian primitive society would be unable to cope with the added burden.

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This Professor Hates the Austrian School. But He Clearly Doesn't Know Much about It.

Book Reviews

12/10/2021Mises Media
Larson's principal targets are Friedman and Hayek, but Mises and Rothbard are not spared. For Larson, promarket economists aren't just wrong. They're bad people.
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Murray Rothbard versus the Public Choice School

Philosophy and Methodology

12/09/2021Mises Media
James Buchanan thought the state was a voluntary institution. Murray Rothbard, on the other hand, understood the reality of state violence and coercion.
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