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2002 Federal Register Is Longest Ever

BlogJuly 8, 2003

The Washington Post reports that the 2002 Federal Register runs to 75,606 pages, up from 74,528 at the end of the Clinton Administration. Thank goodness the Bush Administration is "philosophically...

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9. The Examination of Praxeological Theorems

Online Text Page from The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science, Ch. Chapter 4: Certainty and Uncertainty

The epistemologist who starts his lucubrations from the analysis of the methods of the natural sciences and whom blinders prevent from perceiving anything beyond this field tells us merely that the natural sciences are the natural sciences and that what is not natural science is not natural science. About the sciences of human action he does not know anything, and therefore all that he utters about them is of no consequence.

30. The Symptomatic Keynes

Online Text Page from Economic Freedom and Interventionism, Ch. III. Mises As Critic

As is customary with biographies, Professor R. F. Harrod's The Life of John Maynard Keynes (Harcourt, Brace, 195 1) provides an abundance of information about insignificant happenings and uninteresting people who crossed the path of his subject. The whole of page 171, for instance, is devoted to the description of a lady who happened to be the niece of an authentic duke. We are told how she dressed, how and where she lived, what her eccentricities were and many other things.

5. On the Rejection of Methodological Individualism

Online Text Page from The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science, Ch. Chapter 5: On Some Popular Errors Concerning the Scope and Method of Economics

No sensible proposition concerning human action can be asserted without reference to what the acting individuals are aiming at and what they consider as success or failure, as profit or loss. If we study the actions of the individuals, we learn everything that can be learned about acting, as there are, as far as we can see, in the universe no other entities or beings that, dissatisfied with the state of affairs that would prevail in the absence of their interference, are intent upon improving conditions by action.

3. Liberalism and Social Liberalism

Online Text Page from A Critique of Interventionism, Ch. Social Liberalism

Names are unimportant; what matters is substance. The term “social liberalism” sounds strange indeed as socialism and liberalism are mutually exclusive. But we are accus­tomed to such terminology. Also, socialism and democracy are irreconcilable in the final analysis, and yet there is the old concept of “Social Democracy,” which is a contradictio in adjecto.

6. The Doctrine of Intervention

Online Text Page from A Critique of Interventionism, Ch. Interventionism

To prescientific thinkers, a human society built on private property in the means of production seemed to be naturally chaotic. It received its order, so they thought, only from im­posed precepts of morality and law. Society can exist only if buyer and seller observe justice and fairness. Government must intervene in order to avoid the evil that flows from an arbitrary deviation from the “just price.” This opinion pre­vailed in all remarks on social life until the eighteenth century.

4. The Economy's War Costs and the Inflation

Online Text Page from Nation, State, and Economy, Ch. War and the Economy

The losses that the national economy suffers from war, apart from the disadvantages that exclusion from world trade entails, consist of the destruction of goods by military actions, of the consumption of war material of all kinds, and of the loss of productive labor that the persons drawn into military service would have rendered in their civilian activities.

2. The Treatment of "Irrationality" in the Social Sciences

Online Text Page from Money, Method, and the Market Process, Ch. Method


One of the manifestations of the present-day “revolt against reason” is the tendency to find fault with the social sciences for being purely rational. Life and reality, say the critics, are irrational; it is quite wrong to deal with them as if they were rational and open to interpretation by reasoning.

Help Us Build a Future of Liberty

Mises DailyDecember 11, 2010
I would like to tell you more about our philosophy and the work that we do, with the hope that you will join me in <a href="">becoming a financial supporter</a>...

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A Lunch Break in an Alternate Universe

Mises DailyMay 9, 2015
What if the government ran hair salons and the private sector provided auto registrations? Needless to say, getting a haircut would be a harrowing and soul-crushing experience. Meanwhile, registering your automobile would be another matter entirely.

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The Possibility of Private Law

Mises DailyAugust 3, 2005
Can free enterprise be the sole provider of law and justice? Robert Murphy, author of <a href="">Chaos Theory</a>, writes that the idea is often dismissed out of hand...

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Mises Daily Weekend: A Lunch Break in an Alternate Universe

BlogMay 9, 2015

Mises Daily Weekend by Jonathan Newman: 

What if the government ran hair salons and the private sector provided auto...

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Teaching Tomorrow's Economists

Mises DailyMarch 9, 2012
The <a href="">Teacher's Manual</a> is now available for my introductory textbook, <em><a href="">Lessons...

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What's So Great about Representative Government?

Mises DailyDecember 7, 2010
As Hans-Hermann Hoppe has <a href="">noted</a>, democracy is owned by no one. But neither is representative government. Both are marked by infantilized societies: time preference shortens, current consumption trumps...

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Dr. Paul&#039;s 80th Birthday Party

80th Birthday Party for Ron Paul


August 15, 2015Lake Jackson, Texas

Students: see scholarship application process below. The Mises Institute is holding an 80th birthday party for the great leader of liberty. Be there to cheer and salute him. We'll meet at the Dow Academic Center of Brazosport College...

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A Sanctuary for Freedom

Mises DailySeptember 9, 2005
Defending freedom in good times is essential for the future of civilization. But doing so in times of crisis and calamity is even more important. Consider also <a href="">helping the Mises Institute</a> as we come to freedom's defense in...

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Mises Daily Weekend: Thinkers Who Challenged the State

BlogDecember 13, 2014

Mises Daily Weekend by David Gordon: Thinkers Who Challenged the State

This essay is adapted from David Gordon’s...

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BlogMarch 24, 2015

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