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The Battle in the War of Ideas

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2020 is right around the corner, and it promises to be a brutal year of politics and crazed economic proposals. The candidates will promise the stars and the moon, all with your money. Several now openly label themselves socialists. They won’t talk about the Fed, or endless wars, or debt and entitlements. But they will suggest more taxes on your income and your wealth. And they will suggest more and more state control over the economy, and over you.

We can all fight back in the war of ideas, and we must. A century after Mises demolished the arguments for socialism, we still can’t rest. That’s why we need your support.

Thanksgiving and Christmas remind us of what we have — family, material sustenance, and hope for a better world. It’s a time for gratitude and reflection. We all inherited a society built by previous generations, one shaped by Mises’s prescription for real liberalism. The Mises Institute exists to promote his vision for civilization itself: property, sound money, markets, real economics, political liberty, and peace.

But we risk losing ground in 2020. That’s why we need your help to keep fighting the bad ideas of statism and pseudo-economics. Please take time today, if you haven’t already, to make a year-end donation.

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On behalf of everyone at the Mises Institute, Lew Rockwell and I want to thank you for your support. We wish you and your families good tidings, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and best wishes for health and prosperity in 2020.


Contact Jeff Deist

Jeff Deist is president of the Mises Institute. He previously worked as chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul, and as an attorney for private equity clients. Contact: email; Twitter.

Note: The views expressed on Mises.org are not necessarily those of the Mises Institute.

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