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Mark Thornton

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Works Published inQuarterly Journal of Austrian Economics

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Mark Thornton is Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute. He serves as the Book Review Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. His publications include The Economics of Prohibition (1991), Tariffs, Blockades, and Inflation: The Economics of the Civil War (2004), The Quotable Mises (2005), The Bastiat Collection (2007), An Essay on Economic Theory (2010), and The Bastiat Reader (2014).

Dr. Thornton served as the editor of the Austrian Economics Newsletter and was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Libertarian Studies and several other academic journals. He has served as a member of the graduate faculties of Auburn University and Columbus State University. He has also taught economics at Auburn University at Montgomery and Trinity University in Texas. Mark served as Assistant Superintendent of Banking and economic adviser to Governor Fob James of Alabama (1997-1999), and he was awarded the University Research Award at Columbus State University in 2002. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and received his PhD in economics from Auburn University.

Dr. Thornton has been featured in Barron’s, Bloomberg, Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, Forbes, Investors' Business Daily, Le Monde, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Economic Times (India), Financial Times (Norway), and Tejarat-e-Farda (Iran). He has also had multiple appearances on Russia Today and Press TV

His editorials have appeared in the following leading regional newspapers: Atlanta Constitution, Birmingham News, Business Alabama, Chicago Sun-Times, Houston Chronicle, Mobile Press Register, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, Montgomery Advertiser, Orange County Register, Richmond Times Dispatch, Tampa Tribune, and the Washington Times

His commentary appears regularly in the Mises Daily and the Mises Economic Blog. He also appears regularly on “Butler on Business,” “Tom Woods Show,” “Thom Hartmann Show,” “Scott Horton Show,” and “Freedom Works.”

The Economics of Prohibition

BooksJuly 20, 2005
It is conventional wisdom that alcohol prohibition failed, but the economic reasons for this failure have never been as extensively detailed or analyzed as they are in this study by Mark Thornton.

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14 Years with the LvMI: An Interview with Dr. Mark Thornton

Audio/VideoJune 18, 2015
Mark Thornton is interviewed by Phil Pepin on The Pursuit of Freedom radio show . They discuss Dr. Thornton's experiences teaching Austrian economics, the development of the Mises Institute and Austrian economics from the beginning, and the growing acceptance (and opposition) of Austrian ideas...

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Gold and Economic Inequality

Mises DailyJune 16, 2015
Both Republicans and Democrats think they can tinker their way to creating an economy with less inequality. Both sides miss the point, and ignore the central role of government fiat money in the problem.

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The Meaning of Financial Repression

Mises DailyJune 1, 2015
Governments worldwide are turning to "financial repression" to manipulate the economy through easy money and aggressive regulation. In the end, we'll find it will amount to little more than slapping a band-aid on a serious problem...

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Seven Changes Needed in Baltimore and Ferguson Right Now

Audio/VideoMay 28, 2015
Communities like Baltimore and Ferguson have been crippled by government regulations and the American nanny state. Now is the time to allow local residents to break free of government wage controls, government schooling, and government prohibitions, writes Mark Thornton . This audio Mises Daily is...

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Stop the Violence– Here’s How

Audio/VideoMay 15, 2015
Mark Thornton and host Albert Lu discuss the recent violence and in cities such as Ferguson or Baltimore, and if the solution to this 'urban blight' is more punishment and enforcement of the individual, or more economic and personal liberty for the individual. Dr. Thornton has recently...

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