Richard M. Ebeling

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Dr. Richard M. Ebeling is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dr. Ebeling is recognized as one of the leading members of the Austrian School of Economics. He is the author of Monetary Central Planning and the State (Future of Freedom Foundation, 2015), Political Economy, Public Policy, and Monetary Economics: Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian Tradition (Routledge, 2010) and Austrian Economics and the Political Economy of Freedom (Edward Elgar, 2003), as well as the editor of the Selected Writings of Ludwig von Mises, 3-vols. (Liberty Fund, 2000, 2002, 2012).

He is also the co-editor of When We Are Free (Northwood University Press, 2014), an anthology of essays devoted to the moral, political and economic principles of the free society, and co-author of the five-volume, In Defense of Capitalism (Northwood University Press, 2010-2014).

In addition, he is the co-editor and co-author of, The Dangers of Socialized Medicine (1994); The Case for Free Trade and Open Immigration (1995); The Failure of America’s Foreign Wars (1996); The Tyranny of Gun Control (1997); and Terrorism, Security and the War on Terrorism (2003), published by the Future of Freedom Foundation, and was the editor of Hillsdale College’s book series, Champions of Freedom, from 1990 to 2003.

Dr. Ebeling also writes a regular column on political and economic policy issues on the news and commentary website, EpicTimes (

Dr. Ebeling is currently editing a forthcoming volume in the Collected Works of F.A. Hayek (University of Chicago Press), the noted Austrian economist and Nobel Laureate.

Prior to his appointment at The Citadel, Dr. Ebeling was professor of economics at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan (2009-2014). He served as president of the Foundation for Economic Education (2003 to 2008), was the Ludwig von Mises Prof...

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Richard M. Ebeling's Articles

Aristotle Understood the Importance of Property

The great philosopher was less sound on the economics of commerce.

- September 27, 2016

Plato's Command-and-Control Utopia

Plato's utopia had scant room for individual freedom.

- September 23, 2016

Did the Ancient Greeks Believe in Freedom?

For the ancient Greeks, society took precedence, or priority, over the individual. The individual was born, lived, and died. The society and the State, however, they believed, lived on.

- September 22, 2016

Human Action: A Timeless Masterpiece

Human Action uniquely stands out as a classic in the literature of economics. Mises's brilliant treatise is a cornerstone for understanding the nature of the free society and the workings of the market economy.

- September 14, 2016

Warnings and Lessons 15 Years after 9/11 and the Afghan Invasion

The last decade and a half has been a lesson in the results of political hubris, social engineering arrogance, and ideological self-righteousness – the full effects of which are likely to be with us far longer than the 15 years since the terrible events of September 11, 2001.

- September 12, 2016

John Locke Is Needed Now More than Ever

John Locke's views on individual rights, religious tolerance, and political individualism served as a cornerstone for the great American experiment in self-government, both in the sense of individual freedom and constitutional restraint.

- August 29, 2016

Money Makes the World Go Round, or Spin Out of Control

The market — which means all of us in our roles as consumers and producers — should be left free to decide which commodities shall be selected as the most advantageous mediums of exchange.

- August 25, 2016

Take Heart, Liberty Will Prevail

Every other "ism" has been tried and failed. Freedom is the only way forward.

- August 22, 2016

Witness to the End of Soviet Power: Twenty-Five Years Ago

Millions had died and the system was in shambles. Finally, the day of freedom arrived. 

- August 15, 2016

The Entitlement State that Nobody Mentioned

But through all the cheers and jeers, hoopla and poopla, warnings of a dark and dangerous future or promises of a bright and beautiful shape-of-things-to-come, one of the most serious shadows hanging over America was hardly mentioned at all: the unsustainability of the “entitlement” programs of the welfare state.

- July 29, 2016

It’s Time to Privatize Foreign Policy

It should be a matter of personal conscience and choice to assist those in other lands who need and deserve outside help.

- July 25, 2016

Donald and Hillary in Plunderland

In both their policies and personalities, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the natural offspring of the upside-down incentives of the political plunderland that the American system has degenerated into: where governance is perverted into a regime of kleptocratic power-grabbing and the paternalistic social engineering of human relationships.

- July 18, 2016

All People Have the Right of Self Determination

National and individual choice in a post-Brexit world: secession is a human right.

- July 09, 2016

They Said No To Big Government

The Founding Fathers were insisting that each man should be considered as owning himself, and not be viewed as the property of the state.

- July 02, 2016

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