The Life, Times, and Work of Ludwig von Mises

1. Formative Years

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07/23/2007Audio/Video
Why did Mises do certain things in response to certain events? This first full biography of Mises seeks to answer those many questions. In the first four chapters, Hulsmann covers Mises’ roots...

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2. The Austrian School Around 1900

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07/24/2007Audio/Video
Carl Menger (b. 1840) dared to create something he called the Austrian School of Economics. His was a new way of doing economic analysis. He sided with Aristotle’s realism...

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3. Theory of Money and Credit

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07/24/2007Audio/Video
This 1912 book is Mises’ first great theory. Mises agreed with Menger about the spontaneous emergence of money. No government is needed. Mises used a logical proof called the regression theory. It explained why money is demanded in its own right...

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4. The Great War and Its Aftermath

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07/25/2007Audio/Video
Mises was not surprised by WWI, 1914-1920. He was posted on the Northern Front of the Austro-Hungarian towns as a Lieutenant in an artillery unit.

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5. A Copernican Shift

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07/25/2007Audio/Video
Mises’ socialist calculation argument reshaped the debate about socialism. It was not true that socialism could work and could use the same techniques as capitalism. The book Socialism had a decisive impact on Hayek and other rising economists...

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6. Mises in His Prime

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07/26/2007Audio/Video
Mises was in his prime from 1920-1934 while he was 39-53 years old. Three main areas in these years were certain people, his intellectual contributions, and other work.

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7. Years in Geneva

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07/26/2007Audio/Video
Mises left Vienna for six years in Geneva, 1934 – 1940, to write his treatise and leave behind the Austrian branch of the Nazi Party. In Geneva, Mises held the Chair for International Relations...

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8. Nationalökonomie

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07/27/2007Audio/Video
This work of six years of labor appeared in 1940. It was the predecessor to Human Action published nine years later. Epistemology and value theory were the two central problems.

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9. New Life in America

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07/27/2007Audio/Video
Arriving in New York in 1940, Mises found many friends from Geneva there, but no income or assets at the age of 59. Mises began writing in English. During this time, Leonard Read created FEE – the Foundation for Economic Education- which later on turned into a forum for Austrian economics...

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10. Birth, Decline, and Rebirth of the Second Mises Revolution

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07/28/2007Audio/Video
Birth: By the late 1940s, Mises was recognized in libertarian centers, but overnight in 1949 he became a central intellectual figure by his publication of Human Action.

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