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William H. Peterson

Works Published inSpeeches and PresentationsMises Daily ArticleThe Free MarketArticles of Interest

AwardsGary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Defense of Liberty

William H. Peterson (1921-2012) was the winner of the 2005 Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Liberty. He was an adjunct scholar of the Mises Institute and distinguished Lundy professor emeritus of business philosophy at Campbell University in North Carolina. A "Tribute to Mises's Student and Colleague William H. Peterson" panel was held at AERC 2018.

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The Power to Destroy

Taxes and SpendingFiscal TheoryMonetary Theory

04/01/2004Mises Daily Articles
The Communist Manifesto pushed a heavily progressive income tax as one of ten key ways to undermine the market order, writes William Peterson.
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The Meaning of Market Democracy

Free MarketsPolitical Theory

12/01/2003The Free Market
Ludwig Mises lit up a near-unknown yet highly effective daily democracy—the marketplace—in his Socialism (Liberty Classics, 1981, p. 11), giving this democracy a critically needed political dimension today. As Mises wrote: "When we call a capitalist society a consumers’ democracy we mean that the...
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Discovering Mises: A Turning Point

EducationAustrian Economics Overview

11/13/2003Mises Daily Articles
Ludwig von Mises was a great economist and teacher, writes William Peterson, but there is one more thing for which to credit Mises: a role model for each of us--whoever you are--for his standing up to the power elite of mainstream politics and economics, for valor in the face of all manner of fire...
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America's Greatest Democracy

U.S. EconomyPolitical Theory

07/17/2003Mises Daily Articles
In one democracy you vote but every other year for candidates (who may not win) to "represent" you and many others indirectly on myriad issues. In the other, you vote daily, often, directly, for specific vendors, goods, or services, in an endless plebiscite going on every minute of every day, with...
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Capitalism: The Greatest Charity

Free MarketsPolitical Theory

09/01/2002The Free Market
When a politician talks of "reform," grab your wallet. As in "welfare reform," for example. For as any hardened inside-the-Beltway observer of dark Washington ways can tell you, "welfare reform" is typically a spin for tightening the screws on the taxpayer and easing welfare access.
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