History of Liberty

Origins of War: Civil War and World War I

War and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

03/01/2004Audio/Video
Mises was well-versed in history, but many economists are not. History must be understood and revised. Wilson distorted the truth about how America entered WWI. The propaganda was not to be questioned. Wrong lessons are taught. The 1929 depression was displayed as proof that the free market had...
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Great Society and the Republican Welfare State

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

03/01/2004Audio/Video
Thomas Sowell’s book, Civil Rights, lays bare many of the myths of the Great Society. What did ordinary people do before an advanced welfare state? Anti-poverty programs like the 1965 Job Corps did not turn out well. There was less poverty before the programs. Federal aid to education, like Head...
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The National Security State

Legal SystemWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

03/01/2004Audio/Video
The warfare state does not want peace, it wants war. Conducting a permanent war requires three things. There must be an underlying convincing belief that the war is worthwhile. Some interest groups need to stand to gain money or power. And, crises need to provoke reliable and ongoing responses...
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Historians and the Welfare-Warfare State

War and Foreign PolicyWorld History

03/01/2004Audio/Video
Murray Rothbard popularized the concept of the welfare-warfare state. He didn’t like either of them. He knew that if the state was doing anything there was plunder involved. Welfare was any handout from the government to anyone. One book that handled warfare and welfare systematically was Crisis...
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The Role of the Intellectuals

EducationWorld HistoryPraxeology

03/01/2004Audio/Video
The role of the intellectual is a perennial question. Why do they act the way they do? Why are they hostile to the free market? Is the state really virtuous and the market really vicious? Mises thought the anti-capitalist mentality was rooted in envy. He also thought our entire culture was soaked...
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