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Great French Writers: Turgot

BooksApril 30, 2010
For an those who have related to us his life, who have collected with a pious care his most trifling sayings, his slightest writings, Turgot is a great mind, one of the greatest minds of the eighteenth century, the greatest, perhaps, next to Montesquieu; but they all look upon him as an unlucky...

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Theory of Money and Fiduciary Media

BooksMarch 13, 2013
Edited by Jörg Guido Hülsmann, the essays here presented provide insights for understanding the economic crises of our own time.

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White contra Mises on Fiduciary Media

Mises DailyMay 14, 2010
"Mises's desideratum was thus not a 'neutral' money, or even a practical approximation of it; rather, it was the complete elimination of 'human influence' on the purchasing power of money."...

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A Conspiracy of Silence on The French Liberal School

Mises DailyJuly 14, 2006
However, the maltreatment of the French Liberal School does not stop short with the not-so-benign neglect afforded it by present-day Anglo-American economists. For the modern subjectivist, then, Schumpeter's epithet "unscientific" as applied to the French Liberal School translates...

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Richard Cantillon and the French Economists: Distinctive French

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Richard Cantillon's life and his Essai occurred at a time of transition in European political, economic and intellectual history. The late seventeenth century had experienced the crisis in European thought which paralleled the Scientific Revolution. Accompanying the scientific revolution was a...

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In Defense of Fiduciary Media

Institute PublicationsJuly 20, 2005
From The Review of Austrian Economics Vol. 9, No. 2 1996.

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Against Fiduciary Media

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Almost all contemporary Austrian economists are united in their opposition to central banking and their advocacy of a system of free competitive banking.

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Authority: H.L.A. Hart and the Problem with Legal Positivism

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The major claim in this paper is that there is a distinct ambiguity in the way in which H. L. A. Hart employs the concept of authority in his account of the nature of law. It is a flaw in Hart's thesis that surprisingly few philosophers of law have detected. Perhaps this is because they share...

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Comment on the French Liberal School

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There exists today in Anglo-American economics a veritable "conspiracy of silence" regarding the works and achievements of the French Liberal School of Economics. This is at once a sad commentary on the state of disinterested historical scholarship in the economics profession and a...

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Misesian Ownership and Coasian Authority in Hayekian Settings: The Case of the Knowledge Economy

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Austrian insights are useful for not only interpreting recent claims, but also for understanding their reach. In particular, Misesian insights are helpful here

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Biography of Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850): Between the French and Marginalist Revolutions

JournalsAugust 1, 2007
Claude Frederic Bastiat was a French economist, legislator, and writer who championed private property, free markets, and limited government. Perhaps the main underlying theme of Bastiat's writings was that the free market was inherently a source of "economic harmony" among...

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Introduction to the French Edition of Ethics of Liberty

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Perhaps the best way of writing an introduction for this most welcome French translation of Ethics of Liberty is to discuss what has happened to libertarianism since the book's original publication in 1982. Any such history can be divided into first, the development of libertarian theory, and...

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Charles Dunoyer and French Classical Liberalism

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(Barthelemy) Charles (Pierre Joseph) Dunoyer (1786-1862) was born on May 20, 1786 at Caremac in ancient Tureme (Quercy, Cahorsin), the present-day Lot. His father, Jean-Jacques- Philippe Dunoyer, was seigneur de Segonzac. Destined at an early age for the order of St. Jean de Malte, he began his...

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A Conspiracy of Silence on The French Liberal School

JournalsJuly 13, 2006
The original version of this paper was delivered at the Fourth Libertarian Scholars Conference, October 1976, New York City.

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Review of Econospinning: How to Read Between the Lines When the Media Manipulate the Numbers. By Gene Epstein

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Economists are familiar with the cliche' "lies, demand lies, and statistics," which puts statistics at the top of the pyramid of lies...

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In Defense of Fiduciary Media—A Comment; or, What's Wrong with "Clown" or Play Money?

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Selgin and White commence their defense of monetary systems with fractional-reserve banking, provided they are based on gold specie money.

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The Long Affair: Thomas Jefferson And The French Revolution, by Conor O'Brien

Institute PublicationsApril 1, 1997
Conor Cruise O'Brien lets the mask drop on of his deplorable new book...

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Mary Wollstonecraft: Human Rights and the French Revolution, by Roberta A. Modugno

Institute PublicationsApril 1, 2004
Roberta Modugno’s excellent book is a fundamental contribution to our understanding of the history of classical liberalism. She complicates in a remarkable way an argument advanced by Friedrich Hayek...

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The Journal of Libertarian Studies

Social Analysis of Three Early 19th Century French Liberals: Say, Comte, and Dunoyer

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The topic of this paper is the class theory of Jean-Baptiste Say (1767-1832). Charles Comte (1782-1838) and Charles Dunoyer (1786-1862). However, in order to be fully accurate, this title should be qualified in several respects. First, the thinking of these men can not be examined in complete...

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