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Sir Ernest John Pickstone Benn, 2nd Baronet (1875–1954) was a British publisher, writer, and political publicist. He was the first president of The Society of Individualists (founded in 1942), which later merged with the National League for Freedom to become the Society for Individual Freedom. From his conversion to classical liberalism in the mid-1920s until his death in 1954, Benn published books and pamphlets on individualism and the free market. His The Confessions of a Capitalist was originally published in 1925 and was still in print twenty years later after selling a quarter of a million copies.

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The People Who Borrow

Free MarketsGlobal EconomyInterventionismOther Schools of Thought

06/01/2010Mises Daily Articles
"The modern notion that the acts of a political council have, as such, better moral foundation than the acts of the stock exchange is of course nonsense."
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Political Money

The FedInterventionismMonetary TheoryMoney and Banking

05/27/2010Mises Daily Articles
"The Bank of England has been reduced to the position of a part of the machinery for the manufacturing of political money in any quantity that may be required."
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Rights for Robots

Free MarketsInterventionismOther Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

06/04/2009Mises Daily Articles
For socialism is not a system; it is a disease. The "something for nothing" mentality is, in fact, an economic cancer.
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The State, The Enemy

Big GovernmentPolitical Theory

When things go wrong with the human body, or the body politic, the chances of successful treatment depend upon correct diagnosis of the trouble. John Burns, the first Labour Minister of the Crown, used to talk to me of "putting plasters on boils" or "splinters on wooden legs" as illustrations of...
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Debt: Private and Public, Good and Bad

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

It is altogether right that the average person should have a horror of personal debt. He is concerned with the earning and spending of an income, generally a modest income, and has little or no right to indulge in borrowing. There is, however, another story of a totally different kind to be told...
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