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Philosophy and MethodologyPraxeology
Mises defends praxeology using philosophical minimalism, that is, by sticking to the core fact that people act and make choices.
Different people often react quite differently to the same conditions, so attempts to blame religious conflict on material deprivation fail. Ideological differences also better explain why Islam is not monolithic.
How has the Left had so much success in a nation that was the direct byproduct of classical liberalism? By controlling the narrative and leveraging that status for political power.
Though he was generally a Ricardian, John Stuart Mill thought that the main obstacle to socialism is that people might not yet be civilized enough to put it into practice.
Taxes and SpendingInterventionism
An essential point in the social philosophy of interventionism is the existence of an inexhaustible fund which can be squeezed forever.
Claims that market arrangements involve the unethical “using” of others are of lengthy pedigree. But they are also of questionable merit.
If you say to someone that he won’t get what he is aiming for by using the means he has chosen, you aren’t making a value judgment yourself. You are making a strictly scientific statement.
Matt Spivey continues the pioneering work of Paul Cantor and Stephen Cox in bringing sound economics to the analysis of literature.