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Ludwig von Mises

One of the most notable economists and social philosophers of the twentieth century, Ludwig von Mises, in the course of a long and highly productive life, developed an integrated, deduct­ive science of economics based on the fundamental axiom that in­dividual human beings act purposively to achieve desired goals. Even though his economic analysis itself was “value-free” — in the sense of being irrelevant to values held by economists — Mises concluded that the only viable economic policy for the human race was a policy of unrestricted laissez-faire, of free markets and the unhampered exercise of the right of private property, with government strictly limited to the defense of person and property within its territorial area.

5 Essential Books for Liberty Lovers in Our Time Anything Peaceful
5 Essential Books for Liberty Lovers in Dark Times

When the attacks on liberty, peace, and the open society hit a fevered pitch, reach for the antidote. 

Santa Needs Prices The Freeman
Santa Needs Prices

He knows if you’ve been bad or good, but without price signals, Santa can’t know how best to fill your stocking.

Liberalism by Ludwig von Mises Books
Liberalism, by Ludwig von Mises (1927)

Ludwig von Mises's classic 1927 book on the free society. 

There's No Such Thing as Excessive Profits The Freeman
There's No Such Thing as Excessive Profits

Ludwig von Mises recognized the importance of profits in adjusting plans to reality.

Mises: The Annotated Bibliography Books
Mises: The Annotated Bibliography

Mises's works were published over the course of the 20th century in many languages. Here is Bettina Greaves's full accounting. 

Essays on Liberty, Volume 1 Books
Essays on Liberty, Volume 1

At last, some of the rarest and most valued essays in the history of free-market thought are now available in ebook form.

War Is No Excuse for Socialist Planning The Freeman
War Is No Excuse for Socialist Planning
After the fall of the Soviet Union, just about everybody agreed that full-blown central planning was a bad way to produce food, cars, and television sets. However, people still seem to have a soft spot for planning when it comes to a “war economy.” 
Why Ludwig von Mises Admired Sigmund Freud The Freeman
Why Ludwig von Mises Admired Sigmund Freud
The humanitarian implications of the possibility of pathologies of the mind are profound.
The Inevitable Chinese Stock Market Crash Anything Peaceful
The Inevitable Chinese Stock Market Crash
You can drug an economy for only so long. When the injections stop, the withdrawal symptoms take over. 
Marxism Unmasked: From Delusion to Destruction Books
Marxism Unmasked: From Delusion to Destruction

The lectures by Ludwig von Mises contained in Marxism Unmasked were delivered at the San Francisco Public Library, June 23–July 3, 1952, under the sponsorship of The Freeman magazine. They were taken down, word for word, in shorthand and transcribed by Mrs. Bettina Bien Greaves.

Why Read Adam Smith Today? Articles
Why Read Adam Smith Today?

Adam Smith’s books did not lay the foundation stone, but the keystone, of a marvelous system of ideas. 

Carl Menger and the Austrian School of Economics Articles
Carl Menger and the Austrian School of Economics
 The work of Carl Menger and his friends has become the foundation of the entire modern science of economics.
In Defense of Private Property: Aristotle and Mises Anything Peaceful
In Defense of Private Property: Aristotle and Mises
The Greek and the Austrian both knew: Ownership and freedom are inseparable ideas.
Ex Machina and Human Action Anything Peaceful
Ex Machina and Human Action
Ex Machina is a lesson in the pervasiveness of economics in everything we do.
F.A. Hayek on Intellectual vs. Economic Freedom Anything Peaceful
F.A. Hayek on Intellectual vs. Economic Freedom
“Freedom of action, even in humble things, is as important as freedom of thought.”
Obamacare and Hayek's Crystal Anything Peaceful
Obamacare and Hayek's Crystal
Government planners make the fatal error of treating the spontaneous social order as if it were an organization.
Mises: The Original Freakonomist Anything Peaceful
Mises: The Original Freakonomist
Economics is not confined to the "commercial" side of life;  it is the science of every kind of human action.
Do Capitalists Own the Market? Anything Peaceful
Do Capitalists Own the Market?
Capitalists steer the ship, but consumers tell them where to go.
Is the "Austrian School" a Lie? Anything Peaceful
Is the "Austrian School" a Lie?
Are "Austrian" economists really part of the tradition of Menger and Mises?
The Crowding-Out Tipping Point The Freeman
The Crowding-Out Tipping Point
Bigger government means slower economic growth. Has the United States reached the tipping point for economic decline?
Hasta La Victoria Siempre The Freeman
Hasta La Victoria Siempre
Cuba is still waiting for victory. Recent events prompt reflections from a professor who has seen it all firsthand, and maybe even met folks who will see the country to better times.
Improve Thyself The Freeman
Improve Thyself
Leonard Read called for every libertarian to focus on the one unit of society he is certainly capable of improving: himself.
Mises’s Century The Freeman
Mises’s Century
Ludwig von Mises’s intellectual path is one of transformation and discovery. He witnessed firsthand the failures of state power, war, and even democracy.
Liberty & Property Archives
Liberty and Property

Ludwig von Mises explains the development of the two fundamental pillars of progress, civilization, and every form of freedom. 

In Praise of Peace: Happy Birthday, Dr. Mises The Freeman
In Praise of Peace: Happy Birthday, Dr. Mises
Ludwig von Mises saw that war was the enemy of prosperity and that the market was the ally of peace. 

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