Mises.org in the Classroom

A teacher writes:

I am teaching an AP US History class and we are discussing the tariff controversies of the 1820s. I wanted to discuss the Harrisburg Convention of 1827 and looked for some quick references. Nothing in the Britannica hard copy, nothing on Wikipedia. I then searched the Mises.org website and found a 22-page article on PDF by W. Kesler Jackson from The Libertarian Papers (2010). Many thanks to the Ludwig von Mises Institute for making this type of free market publication available.


  1. Debate rebuttal assistance please: I’m new to Mises and was presented with this during a debate:
    “And as far as von Mises’s hair-brained psuedo-economics go, they tried that in Chile under Pinochet, we saw how that worked out. Economic freedom for a lucky few at the expense of everyone else imposed at the barrel of a gun. According to various reports and investigations 1,200–3,200 people were killed, up to 80,000 were interned, and up to 30,000 were tortured by his regime including women and children. Some freedom there.

    It’s not coincidental that von Mises praised Fascism as the salvation of Europe (his only criticism being that it didn’t go far enough), that Murray Rothbard and Lew Rockwell supported the discredited idea of so-called scientific racism and supported the political campaigns of neo-Nazi and Klansman David Duke, that von Hayek advised the Pinochet regime and advocated to Margaret Thatcher that she follow his model (she wisely rejected the idea) or that José Piñera, Pinochet’s minister of mining and labor is a senior fellow at the Koch brother owned Cato Institute. American Libertarianism and Anarcho-capitalism are nothing more than the same ideology repackaged in a thin wrapper of liberty and freedom rhetoric to be marketed the tragically naive.”

    Any help with this would be appreciated. Thanks

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