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The Enterprise of Community: Market Competition, Land, and Environment

Institute Publications
We hear a lot of expressed concern about conserving the environment, but no one talks much about producing it. Why not manufacture it competitively and sell it in the free market like other goods and services—and even bundle it with product support? As a matter of fact, that is being done. It...

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Palefaces or Redskins: A Profile of Americans

JournalsAugust 6, 2014
John Lukacs indicates that the roots of the Cold War are to be found in the beginnings of World War II. Lukacs analyzes how Pearl Harbor resulted from the policy decisions of particular forces in the governments of Washington and Tokyo. Volume 2, Number 3; Autumn 1966

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Political Tolerance: Balancing Community and Diversity, by Robert Weissberg

Institute PublicationsJuly 1, 1999
Professor Weissberg has taken on, in exemplary fashion, one of the major myths of our age. Professor Weissberg has taken on, in exemplary fashion, one of the major myths of our age.

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To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice by Bruce L. Benson

Institute Publications
T o Serve and Protect is a breath of fresh air in the fog of mainstream recommendations concerning security, crime, and punishment. In the mainstream literature, liberals typically regard the offender as the victim of an egoistic society and conservatives typically say that the only way to reduce...

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Review of To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice by Bruce Benson

Institute Publications
This is the most important book on public policy to be published in a long time. Benson takes on the most pervasive government activity, the criminal justice system, and addresses the critical issue of our high crime rate. There are no clear “academic” solutions to this problem, but...

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Community Norms for Punishment and Restitution

Audio/VideoMarch 14, 2010
Recorded 13 March 2010 at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.

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Review of The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society, by David T. Beito, Peter Gordon, and Alexander Tobarrok, eds.

Institute Publications
Perhaps the best concise summary of this book is given by editor Alexander Tabarrok in his concluding chapter. As he points out, where most urbanists see market failures,

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Independent plug in for Community

BlogMay 9, 2008

I'm really taken with this gizmo designed to change the header for Community users.

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Biography of Wilhelm Röpke (1899-1966): Humane Economist

JournalsAugust 1, 2007
"I champion an economic order ruled by free prices and markets...the only economic order compatible with human freedom." Wilhelm Röpke devoted his scholarly career to combating collectivism in economic, social, and political theory. As a student and proponent of the Austrian School, he...

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F A Hayek

Biography of F. A. Hayek (1899-1992)

JournalsAugust 1, 2007
"A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers." F. A. Hayek is undoubtedly the most eminent of the modern Austrian economists. Student of Friedrich von Wieser, protégé and colleague of Ludwig von Mises, and foremost representative of...

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Biography of Ludwig Lachmann (1906-1990): Life and Work

JournalsAugust 1, 2007
"The theory of capital lacks a simple dimension for the measurement of its subject matter. To some minds this makes it all the more attractive." Introduction: his life and work Ludwig Lachmann was a very unusual man. If you ever met him you would never forget him. He left a lasting...

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The Moral Case for the Free Market Economy

BooksJuly 6, 2006
Tibor Machan makes the case for the free market system of economics based on the view of human beings as moral agents with the legal system of a good community as designed to nurture this moral agency.

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The New Despotism

BooksMarch 16, 2010
When the modern political community was being shaped at the end of the 18th century, its founders thought that the consequences of republican or representative institutions in government would be the reduction of political power in individual lives.

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The Return to Laisser Faire

BooksJune 5, 2009
Government means, or should mean, the right ordering of all. Modern government has degenerated into tinkering with the wants or rights or liberties of classes or sections or groups, and it is rare, in these days, to hear a political discussion which takes adequate account of the interests of the...

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How to Keep Our Liberty

BooksJuly 17, 2009
"Individualities may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation." This was a comment by Benjamin Disraeli a century ago when he was beginning the task of building the Conservative Party, a party that still lives a lusty, constructive life...

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Lew Rockwell Profile Quote

QuotesMarch 12, 2012
Anything other than free enterprise always means a society of compulsion and lower living standards, and any form of socialism strictly enforced means dictatorship and the total state.

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The De Moneta of Nicholas Oresme and English Mint Documents

BooksFebruary 14, 2009
Nicole Oresme has been called the most brilliant scientist of the 14th century: mathematician, musicologist, physicist, philosopher, and economist. On top of that, he was a Bishop and a theologian. His writings of money bear much in common with Carl Menger. Oresme's treatise on money, De Moneta...

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Prior User Rights and Patent Reform

BlogApril 1, 2011

We IP abolitionists are often accused of not favoring or proposing incremental change–of only wanting all or nothing. Nonsense. In my article “Reducing the Cost of IP Law,” Mises Daily (Jan. 20, 2010), I outlined several paths...

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Profiling Tea Partiers

BlogApril 14, 2010

The New York Times says they’re wealthy and more educated than average folks. Members of the Tea Set are angry about government taking over healthcare and all that. But they think Social Security and Medicare are...

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12. Property: The Appropriation of Raw Land

Online Text Page from Man, Economy, and State, with Power and Market

As we have stated above, the origin of all property is ultimately traceable to the appropriation of an unused nature-given factor by a man and his “mixing” his labor with this natural factor to produce a capital good or a consumers’ good. For when we trace back through gifts and through exchanges, we must reach a man and an unowned natural resource. In a free society, any piece of nature that has never been used is unowned and is subject to a man's ownership through his first use or mixing of his labor with this resource.