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Burt Blumert



I just had a long conversation with a longtime member of the Mises Institute. We discussed the economy, gold investments, and the great Burt Blumert. I thought it would be worthwhile to post Burt's Wikipedia entry here for both all the...

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Happy Birthday, Israel Kirzner



The eminent Austrian economist Israel M. Kirzner turns 83 today. Last week I was privileged to participate in an event honoring Kirzner with the Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Order...

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Caplan on "The Awful Mill"

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Bryan Caplan recently blogged about "the awful" John Stuart Mill, calling him  "shockingly muddled."

Rothbard, more than perhaps any other scholar, exposed Mill's muddleheadedness and its likely roots.  His...

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Unmasking Tyranny Again

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One would not think someone legal historian M.J.C. Vile called "in some ways the most impressive political theorist that America has produced" would remain virtually unknown here. But that is true of John Taylor of Caroline.

John Taylor served in the...

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Louis Michael Spadaro, RIP

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Press release here:

Louis Michael Spadaro, Ph.D., the founding dean of the Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration, died on May 3 at his home in Syracuse, N.Y. He was 94. Spadaro, a New York City native, joined the Fordham faculty in 1939, and as professor...
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Bernanke Should Read Mises, says IBD

BiographiesHistory of the Austrian School of Economics


This is a wonderful article in the Investors Business Daily: He Made Free Markets Invaluable. The author is Paul Whitfield, and, unusually in the world of journalism, he put a ton of work into this. He...

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Harry Elmer Barnes, RIP



Murray Rothbard writes:

All persons leave an irreplaceable gap when they die; but this gap is truly enormous in the case of Harry Barnes (1889-1968), for in so many ways he was the Last of the Romans. More specifically, he was the last of the founders of the "New History," that...
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Last Knight Live Blog 16

BiographiesMedia and CultureHistory of the Austrian School of Economics


If you remember, the two previous entries were about the problem of economic organization under capitalism and why this system of economic organization makes an integrated and comprehensive theoretical understanding of which a particularly distinctive task. A capitalist, division-of-...

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Interesting review of Last Knight




I finally finished Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism, by Jorg Guido Hulsmann. Reading the reports on, I understand that with any work, there are criticisms to be had. I suppose I must joint he...
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