Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism

In Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism, Jörg Guido Hülsmann has surely written the definitive personal and intellectual biography of perhaps the greatest economist of the 20th century.

Hülsmann takes us into the world of Mises’ childhood, and the intellectual climate of his day. Hülsmann’s knowledge of economics enables him to explain and evaluate Mises’ major works and the various arguments with which Mises contested. One of Mises’ major works, Socialism, converted many to the market economy, and left the socialists of his day without a viable system.

Read the full entry - Comment [2] - posted 19 January 10 in

Australia Day

On 26 January 1788, a fleet of eleven ships, commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip, entered Port Jackson to establish New South Wales as a penal colony.

In the past, 26 January has been referred to as First Landing Day, as well as Foundation Day, and celebrated with dinners and drinking. Each colony celebrated their own holidays rather than the holiday of New South Wales.

First Landing Day is now used by statists to promote national pride. As the federal government promotes Australia Day it unnecessarily antagonises aboriginal people and creates a need for reconciliation. How can the liberal-minded person remember these important historical events without the statist themes?

Read the full entry - Comment [5] - posted 12 January 10 in

The Party for Libertarians

Should a libertarian join the Liberal Party, the Liberal Democratic Party, or not join any political party at all? Tim Andrews has been asking this question over at Thoughts on Freedom.

While there are both costs and benefits for any option, there is no right or wrong role. There are different roles for different people. Some may work best promoting libertarianism within the Liberal Party, while others may prefer the somewhat greater ideological purity of an explicitly libertarian party. Others may be more effective in a think tank or teaching at a university. These are all legitimate options. The important thing is that every libertarian must engage in the role that best suits his talents.

Read the full entry - Comment [2] - posted 23 August 09 in

Kevin Rudd's Painful Recovery

Kevin Rudd is no economist. In his recent article, The road to recovery (Sydney Morning Herald, 25 July 2009), Rudd has demonstrated he does not understand the current economic depression.

Kevin Rudd is setting up a free market straw man to destroy in order to sell further intervention to the Australian people. This intervention is bound to fail. While the people struggle along with his policies on their back, Kevin Rudd will no doubt take credit for their progress.

Read the full entry - Comment - posted 9 August 09 in

Government Stimulus Impossible

In the present economic depression (known as the Global Financial Crisis) politicians around the world are enacting massive programs aimed at ‘stimulating the economy’. They are bound to fail and can only make matters worse.

Government stimulus is nothing less that taking money from the many to give to the few. It is like taking water out of the deep end of the pool, and pouring it in the shallow end, in an effort to raise the water level.

Read the full entry - Comment [4] - posted 11 July 09 in

Recovery Disks

Traditionally computers have come with recovery disks (or system disks) containing the operating system, and all the software that allows the computer user to reinstall the operating system and the software that came with the computer. Recently, rather than selling a computer with recovery disks, some computer vendors are expecting users to make their own recovery disks from a recovery partition on the hard drive. This saves money because there is no need to ship a disk with the computer, but it is in no way good for the computer buyer.

Read the full entry - Comment - posted 11 July 09 in

Kevin Rudd's Twisted Mind

Kevin Rudd is a desperately confused man, a man who has lost his grip on reality. Rudd demonstrated his confusion in a recent article, The Global Financial Crisis (The Monthly, Feb 2009).

Read the full entry - Comment [3] - posted 7 March 09 in

The Impossibility of Limited Government

In his lecture, The Impossibility of Limited Government, Hans-Hermann Hoppe examines three sources of American national pride. The sources include, (1) America’s colonial past of natural human liberty, (2) the original American revolution, and (3) the American constitution. In Professor Hoppe’s view the first two are justified sources of pride, but the third represents a fateful error.

Read the full entry - Comment [8] - posted 3 January 09 in

Internet Censorship

The flawed nature of Kevin Rudd’s policy of internet censorship is becoming obvious (Sydney Morning Herald).

While the ruling party says that the internet censorship policy is about blocking material that nearly everyone would also object to, there is nothing stopping the definition of ‘prohibited content’ from expanding in the future. Once the principle of the state being the final authority on ‘approved content’, there can be no argument over the degree on control. Will you be next on the black list?

Read the full entry - Comment - posted 24 December 08 in

Leaders of the Free World

Some claim that the President of the United States of America is the ‘leader of the free world’ (Google News) . How can this be? How can an entire society of free people have only one leader? Surely free people can follow other leaders!

Read the full entry - Comment [2] - posted 19 October 08 in

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