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Benjamin Anderson, 1886-1949

BiographiesHistory of the Austrian School of Economics


It might be May Day in Cuba--the day on which Castro gives his traditional 4–5 hour speech, or so says NPR with exuberant expectation—but at the Mises Institute, it is Benjamin Anderson day. He was born on May 1, 1886. He was an outstanding economist...

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Schumpeter Lives



Yet another biography of this worthy thinker, and some interesting comments on his resurgence.

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A Tribute to Ron

BiographiesFree MarketsPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory


In a long public life, Ron Paul has always kept faith with the limited defensible role for our federal government. He hasn't sold out that vision to "buy" goodies extorted from others via government coercion, truly representing those disenchanted with the ballooning size scope of government. As...

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Radical Disillusionment

Big GovernmentBiographiesPolitical Theory


Emma Goldman, a young shopkeeper in 1892, was serving a customer in her ice cream parlor in Worcester, Mass., when she got the latest news about a labor strike in Pittsburgh.

As she explains in her autobiography, "Living My Life": "One afternoon a customer came in for an ice cream while I...

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"The Most Distinctly Libertarian of the Libertarians"

BiographiesAustrian Economics Overview


Of the big five of the libertarian movement — Von Mises, Hayek, Rand, Rothbard and Friedman — who is your favorite?

Doherty: Murray Rothbard, and I'll tell you why. Rothbard, in one way, was the most distinctly libertarian of the libertarians. He was...

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"Ach, that Rothbard!"

BiographiesPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory


The Mises archives are truly a wonderful thing. I was reading the brilliant and deserved article on the illustrious Pascal Salin by Dr. Hülsmann when I found this insightful interview with Dr. Salin...

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General Augusto Pinochet Is Dead

BiographiesOther Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory


On Sunday, December 10, General Augusto Pinochet of Chile died, at the age of 91. General Pinochet deserves to be remembered for having rescued his country from becoming the second Soviet satellite in the Western hemisphere, after Castro's Cuba, and, like the Soviet Union, and Cuba under Castro...

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Milton Friedman's Contribution



Milton Friedman died today at the age of 94. His passing is a milestone. Friedman stood out as a leading figure in the fight for limited government and personal freedom in the mid twentieth century.

Of course, libertarianism has in some ways developed beyond the writings of Friedman. Today...

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William Penn, Great American

BiographiesWorld HistoryPolitical Theory


October 14 is a date celebrated in Pennsylvania, but unfortunately not in other states. That is because it marks the 1644 birthday of William Penn—its founder, but also an important contributor to freedom in the US.

Before Pennsylvania was founded, Penn defended British rights on which...

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The Muddied Waters of Adam Smith's Life



James Buchan's new book provides further evidence to support Murray Rothbard's thesis that Adam Smith was a somewhat brilliant man without direction and significant insight. And yet, Smith's views were embraced by many, including both...

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