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F.A. Harper

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Floyd Arthur "Baldy" Harper (1905–1973) was a Cornell University professor and member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He helped start up the Foundation for Economic Education, codirected the William Volker Fund, and founded the Institute for Humane Studies. At Harper's death, Murray Rothbard wrote, "Ever since he came to the Foundation for Economic Education in 1946 as its chief economist and theoretician, Baldy Harper, in a very real sense, has been the libertarian movement. For all these years, this gentle and lovable man, this wise and Socratic teacher, has been the heart and soul and nerve center of the libertarian cause."

Read Rothbard's memorial: Floyd Arthur 'Baldy' Harper, RIP.

The Writings of F. A. Harper, Volume 1: The Major Works

Free MarketsU.S. EconomyPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

In these collected writings of F. A. Harper, concerned with liberty in the broadest sense, are to be found some of his conclusions.
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Liberty: A Path to Its Recovery

Free MarketsPolitical Theory

Here is Harper's early manifesto (1949), in which he reveals a sophisticated understanding of free markets and freedom.
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Why Wages Rise

Money and BanksCapital and Interest TheorySubjectivismValue and Exchange

Wages are of prime importance in any advanced economy such as ours. They affect us all far more than seems evidenced in our concern about them.
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Capital As a Form of Charity

Labor and WagesCapital and Interest Theory

Both fact and logic seem to support the view that savings invested in privately owned economic tools of production amount to an act of charity.
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The Greatest Economic Charity

Free MarketsProduction Theory

01/06/2012Mises Daily Articles
Mises's main renown is as an economist. Yet to me he is a charitable person even more than an economist.
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Government and Progress

Big GovernmentFree MarketsInterventionism

11/23/2011Mises Daily Articles
In the acts of government, a singleness of conduct is attempted that by its very nature defies the law of variation — the requisite of progress.
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Fringe Benefits: A Threat to Progress

Free MarketsInterventionismOther Schools of Thought

05/10/2011Mises Daily Articles
Ostensibly their purpose is to reduce turnover of labor and stabilize employment. But they tend to freeze a worker in his job.
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Why Unions Oppose Pay Incentives

Free MarketsInterventionism

04/29/2011Mises Daily Articles
When unions oppose the general policy of extra pay for extra work, as under incentive or piecework payment, they are merely extending the practice of featherbedding.
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