A Message from Jeff Deist
Lew’s letter talks about the tremendous sacrifices Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard made in pursuit of truth and ideas. Both put intellectual freedom ahead of money, status, and academic career climbing. Both were brilliant and supremely accomplished. Both were shunned by Ivy League economics departments despite their obvious credentials.
Yet today both Mises and Rothbard are better known around the world than their long-forgotten contemporaries. Why is that? Why is interest in the Austrian school growing, while not one in a thousand Americans can name Arthur Burns, the former Fed Chairman?
It’s because the critics of Mises and Rothbard were wrong. The supposed intransigence of both men was in fact principle — a principled commitment to the right ideas. And the right ideas can’t be suppressed forever.
The Mises Institute shares their commitment to the right ideas. Their mission is our mission. And just as Mises and Rothbard did, we face detractors and opposition at every turn. We need your help to keep fighting the bad ideas of statism and pseudo-economics.
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