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The Calling

New Year’s Resolutions for Politicians

And one for us all.

JANUARY 01, 2014 by STEVEN HORWITZ

Recognizing that self-restraint is rarely a strength of politicians, we want to offer some help. Here are three New Year's resolutions for politicians.

On Competition and Entrepreneurship

The third pillar of the Austrian revival.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

If Austrian economics, and classical liberalism more generally, are to win minds and hearts in the world of ideas, it will be by doing as Israel Kirzner does.

On Individualism and Economic Order

Great Austrian works of the twentieth century

SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

Many of the themes that characterize Austrian economics since its revival in the mid-1970s emerged from these essays.

On Human Action

We owe a debt to Ludwig von Mises.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

Human Action remains one of the great achievements in the social sciences and perhaps the single most important economic treatise of the twentieth century.

Debating the Stimulus

Avoid the GDP distraction.

SEPTEMBER 06, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

As the debate over the stimulus continues into November, classical liberals should be aware of the essential issues.

Who Plans Best for Natural Disasters?

Private firms or government agencies?

AUGUST 30, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

The private sector can move supplies quickly to where they need to be because it can effectively use local and decentralized knowledge.

Droughts, Famines, and Markets

Why crop failures need not starve anyone.

AUGUST 23, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

We can't control the weather, but we can unleash the market and further globalize food production to avoid famines when harvests go bad.

It's Not a Black-and-White World

Find the good among the bad.

AUGUST 16, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

The world is not just about good guys and bad guys, but about real people whose ideas are good and bad in various mixtures.

Remembering Heroes of Darker Days

The FEE library and keepers of of the Austrian flame.

AUGUST 09, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

It is understandable how many, particularly younger, classical liberals could think this is the worst of times. It is not.

Economics Is Not Materialist

It's about satisfying wants.

AUGUST 02, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

We don't prioritize the material over the nonmaterial. Value is in whatever people think will satisfy their wants.

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Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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