The Economics of Liberty

Ludwig von Mises Institute
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This collection of short, entertaining, and educational articles exposes how government interference with the economy violates individual liberty, leads to inefficiencies, and rewards special interests. This collection appeared in 1991 and it holds up very well. Some people swear that this is one of the best collections ever printed by the Mises Institute.

At $5 for a book of nearly 400 pages, this is a wonderful deal, an excellent introduction to the Mises Institute way of understanding the world. Its not wonder that Roy Childs wrote of this book: "The great virtue of the volume is the excellent interaction between first principles and current events.... rational, zippy, to the point, informative with facts and figures, and based soundly on the first principles of liberty and the free market.... you can take your time reading them, using them as a bed book that you can dip into at will, and learn a lot of information in a short time. And the book sizzles."

Contributors include Murray Rothbard, Walter Block, David Gordon, Robert Higgs, and Tom Bethell.
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Ludwig von Mises Institute
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Published on
Dec 31, 1990
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Pages
392
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ISBN
9780945466086
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Language
English
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    Fascism vs. Capitalism: The Central Ideological Conflict of Our Times

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    “Fascism” has become a term of general derision and rebuke. It is tossed casually in the direction of anything a critic happens to dislike.

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    But fascism is a real political and economic concept, not a stick with which to beat opponents arbitrarily. The abuse of this important word undermines its

    true value as a term referring to a very real phenomenon, and one whose spirit lives on even now.

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    Fascism is a specific ideology based on the idea that the state is the ideal organization for realizing a society’s and an individual’s potential economically, socially, and even spiritually.

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    The state, for the fascist, is the instrument by which the people’s common destiny is realized, and in which the potential for greatness is to be found.

    Individual rights, and the individual himself, are strictly subordinate to the state’s great and glorious goals for the nation. In foreign affairs, the fascist attitude is reflected in a belligerent chauvinism, a contempt for other peoples, and a society-wide reverence for soldiers and the martial virtues.

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    Lew Rockwell, in this new volume, examines the starkly contrasting systems of capitalism and fascism, noting pro-fascist trends in recent decades as well

    as the larger historical trends in the United States and internationally.

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    In Section One, Rockwell focuses on the nature of fascism and its influence in Western society, with a focus on American political and economic

    institutions.

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    In Section Two, Rockwell examines capitalism as the enemy of, and antidote to fascism.

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    Combining economics, history, and political philosophy, this book doesn’t just provide a diagnosis of what ails American and Western society, but also

    sheds light on how we might repair the damage that has been done, and with the help of the intellectual work of great minds like Murray Rothbard and Ron

    Paul, we might as a society shed the fascism of our times and look to freedom instead.

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