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Economics for Real People

November 2, 2005
Gene Callahan shows that good economics isn't about government planning or statistical models. It's about human beings and the choices they make in the real world.

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In Defense of Advertising

May 31, 2008
In Defense of Advertising is a theoretical defense based on the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the economics of Ludwig von Mises.

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The Meaning of Ludwig von Mises

August 10, 2010
This collection of essays is both a restatement and extension of the major contributions of Mises in epistemology, history, econom­ics, and political philosophy. Mises began constructing the high ground on the foundation provided by Carl Menger and Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk...

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The Private Production of Defense

July 20, 2005
Hans Hoppe takes on the most difficult subject in economic and political theory: the provision of security.

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Defense, Controls, and Inflation

November 1, 2010
A mobilization program is to be judged by three principal criteria: the rapidity and efficiency with which the required resources are allocated to the defense effort, the extent to which inflation is prevented, and the extent to which other inequities and hardships are minimized.

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The Definition and Defense of Freedom

August 30, 2005
The definition of freedom is not complicated, writes Lew Rockwell. Freedom means that which the government does not control.

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Real Austerity

February 25, 2013
The Free Market 31, no. 2 (February 2013) Austerity has been hotly debated as either an elixir or a poison for tough economic times. But what is austerity? Real austerity means that the government and its employees have less money at their disposal. For the economists at the International Monetary...

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The Meaning of Security

September 20, 2004
Americans have something in common with Iraqis, writes Lew Rockwell: experience has told us that when the government promises to bring us security, it means only that it wants more control over our lives.

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The Real Jefferson

May 23, 2002
Thomas Jefferson was a Lockean who believed in the natural right of property and in the rights of the states as independent political entities to determine their own destinies. That so many scholars are unwilling to face these truths, write Marco Bassani, reflects the bias and wishful thinking of...

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The Meaning of Financial Repression

June 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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In Defense of Consumerism

May 18, 2006
To live at all requires that we buy and sell, writes Lew Rockwell. To be against commerce is to attack life itself.

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In Defense of Rothbard

July 28, 2000
Raimondo's new biography of this intellectual giant is energetic, fair, comprehensive, and well-researched. You will be drawn to Rothbard's style of thinking and approach to ideas...

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In Defense of Economics

October 8, 1999
Another day, another politician blasts economics as a discipline and political issue. (Column by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.)

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Is the Keynesian Multiplier a Real Thing?

May 12, 2015
The Keynesian multiplier would have us believe that economic growth can come from an increase in demand and spending. But if we look more closely, we find there is never a shortage of demand, and what an economy really needs to expand is more saving.

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What We Mean by Decentralization

July 21, 2005
Lew Rockwell writes on how to square universal rights with radical decentralism in politics and globalization in economics.

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The Meaning of the Rumsfeld Memo

October 24, 2003
In war on terrorism, writes Lew Rockwell, we are dealing with the oldest political error: the belief that because everyone wants something (security), government should or must provide it. If the error is pervasive, the result is the total state. If it is completely uprooted, the result is the...

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Legalize Milk, Real Milk

June 13, 2011
Milk in its natural state — raw milk — is consumed by very few Americans, because it is illegal in many states and thoroughly discouraged by federal health organizations, regulators, and the Big Dairy lobby. Its dangers are minimal, and those are due to its prohibition...

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The Real Reason for FDR's Popularity

October 20, 2010
What if a president took a different direction and sought popularity by expanding rather than reducing liberty? There is a model here they could follow, but it is not one you have thought of. It is Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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The Real Cause of Blackouts

July 27, 2006
What we need today is full, radical, complete, uncompromised deregulation and privatization. We need competition. What we need is the absence of legal barriers to enter the market. Many people want to avoid the topic of energy because it is technical, large, and seems too specialized. But Robert...

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