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President's Impact Report — Second Quarter 2019

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Faculty, Associated Scholars, and More:

The Mises Institute Research Fellowship program has been vital to the growth of the modern Austrian school by graduate, law school, and post-doc students with support in their academic research.

This year, we’ve hosted 11 fellows in residence:

Chris Calton sponsored by Sharon and Walter Woodul
University of Florida
Research: Exploration of the relationship between the racial violence that took place in Perry, Florida during the 1920s and the use of debt peonage in turpentine camps to control black laborers. Goal is to identify the potential connections between the labor practices in the turpentine camp, the racial violence that took place in the town during the early 1920s, and the state policies that empowered turpentine business to conscript workers.

Nicholas Cooper sponsored by Ken Garschina
George Mason University
Research: An examination of the history of the Bank of Amsterdam that critically evaluates its proper role in that debate as an example of a 100-percent reserve bank operating in action.

Dr. Lukasz Dominiak, Laing Visiting Scholar
Nicolas Copernicus University
Research: How developments in evolutionary biology support a libertarian, free-market outlook. How trade played a major role in the rise of human cognition and morality, and the role of major philosophers.

Marcel Gautreau sponsored by James Kluttz
George Mason University
Research: From Clan to Extended to Nuclear: An Austrian Theory of the Family. The history of family organization; specifically, to develop an Austrian Theory of the Family both as a firm and to compare different modes of family organization and their implications for economic development.

Kristoffer Hansen sponsored by Don Printz
University of Angers
Research: How different monetary systems (and the implied financial institutions and government interventions) affect the structure of production. To narrow the focus, special attention will be given to the case of agriculture.

Elias Huber sponsored by Sharon and Walter Woodul
Rey Juan Carlos University
Research: New light on early German individualist anarchism, free banking among the German Free Traders, Carl Menger and the German Free Trade Movement.

Joanna Kruk sponsored by James Kluttz
Cracow University of Economics and Jagiellonian University (Poland)
Research: Corporate risk assessment through the Austrian Business Cycle Theory.

Gordon Miller sponsored by Steven Torello
Baylor University
Research: A Typology of the Entrepreneurial Attributes of Technological Platforms. To compare and contrast the entrepreneurship that has gone into different varieties of platform entrepreneurship (as opposed to firm entrepreneurship) in the underlying technological landscape in order to develop a typology of successful vs. unsuccessful platform attributes.

Dr. Patrick Newman, Kluttz Visiting Scholar
Florida Southern College
Research: Finishing the fifth volume of Conceived in Liberty (e.g., the index) as well as a book on some of Rothbard's unpublished letters and memos, and writing papers on the 1906 Meat Inspection Act and the 1890 Sherman Antitrust Act.

Norbert Slenzok sponsored by Sharon and Walter Woodul
University of Silesia
Research: Argumentation Ethics of Hans-Hermann Hoppe: Formulations, Presuppositions, Consequences.

Vytautas Zukauskas sponsored by Ken Garschina
University of Angers; ISM University of Management and Economics (Lithuania); Vice President of Lithuanian Free Market Institute.
Research: Using Wicksteed-Rothbard’s total demand approach and Rothbard’s analysis of the price determinants (determinants of the price level) to identify particular determinants of the prices of financial assets; create a comprehensive framework, which would explain how monetary policy influences determinants of the prices of financial assets.

  • Lukasz Dominiak was awarded with his habilitation at Nicolas Copernicus University and will begin supervising PhD students his next semester.
  • Jonathan Newman and Patrick Newman were both speakers at this year’s FEECon, giving lectures on introductory and advanced Austrian economics.

Mises Audio:

The new “Economics for Entrepreneurs” (Mises.org/EntrePod) hosted by Hunter Hastings has received more than 75,000 downloads. This weekly podcast focuses on helping entrepreneurs and business owners understand practical applications of Austrian economics.

New audiobooks produced and added to free platforms:

A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism

The Private Production of Defense

The Myth of National Defense: Essays on the Theory and History of Security Production

Robert Singer generously donated a large collection of Mises Institute audio cassettes, including numerous hours of content that we did not have copies in our archives. This new content is currently being digitized and published for the public. Included are numerous fascinating seminars from the early days of the Mises Institute, such as a series on the “Economics of De-Socialization” that was held in the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union. The rediscovered content includes lectures from Murray Rothbard, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, and Yuri Maltsev.

Media Recognition:

  • Jeff Deist spoke at the Pittsburgh Federalist Society, Kent State University, the Libertarian Party of Florida convention, and Mises Brasil's Summer School of São Paulo. He also appears every Monday evening talking economics on WFLA news radio in Orlando.
  • Ryan McMaken was referenced in multiple articles this quarter, with publications including The Denver Post, Epoch Times, International Business Times, Christian Science Monitor, CNSNews.
  • Joseph Salerno was quoted in the New York Post.
  • Mark Thornton was interviewed by Apple Daily, the second largest publication in Hong Kong.

Mises Institute articles were referenced in multiple publications including CNN and the Conservative Review.

Numerous Mises Wire articles were republished in high volume sites including ZeroHedge, Seeking Alpha, and Eurasia Review.

Mises Institute Impacting Students Around the World:

In June, the Mises Institute hosted the Rothbard Graduate Seminar, an intense week-long program styled in the Chicago Great Books tradition and sponsored by Alice J. Lillie. This year’s teaching faculty featured Joseph Salerno, Mark Thornton, Guido Hulsmann, Jeff Herbener, Peter Klein, David Gordon, and Patrick Newman.

The topic of this year’s RGS was Murray Rothbard’s Man, Economy, and State, and included 17 graduate students, plus additional faculty and observers, representing 10 U.S. states, 9 countries, 18 college and universities.

Mises Institute International:

Mises.org in Spanish has grown at a rapid rate. In April, Mises.org/es was *4.49%* of Mises.org's total pageviews (36,552 of 813,831).

2019 to date, Mises.org/es pageviews have increased 692% (50,056 vs. 6,320) versus the same period in 2018.

Mises.org pageviews (2019 to date) by Spanish-speaking geographical locations are up, compared to 2018: Mexico (+258%), Spain (+82%), Argentina (+250%), Colombia (+274%), Peru (+8%), Chile (+131%), Guatemala (+189%), Ecuador (+179%), Venezuela (+145%), and the Dominican Republic (+278%).

Publications and Bookstore:

The Mises Institute edition of Walter Block’s Defending the Undefendable II was added to the Mises Store.

The Mises Institute/Store was listed on the new BitPay Directory alongside other great brands who accept cryptocurrency payments:

Mises Academy:

Timothy Terrell is developing a course on Environmental Economics for the Mises Academy.


Top Ten New Articles in Second Quarter 2019:

Top 5 PDF Book Downloads in Second Quarter 2019:

  • Human Action (231,232 downloads)
  • Theory of Money and Credit (40,676)
  • Nationalökonomie (37,787)
  • The Vampire Economy (36,465)
  • We (34,572)

General News and Outreach:

A new Mises for Business LinkedIn page and group were established to connect with and provide “Economics for Entrepreneurs” content to a new audience of business professionals.

More than 200 videos have been uploaded on BitChute, a decentralized alternative to YouTube. These can be viewed at Mises.org/Bitchute.


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