Archive for interviews

Audio: Jeff Deist on Austrian Economics 101

Andy Duncan interviews the president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Jeff Deist. Topics for this discussion include Jeff’s vision for the Institute, how Austrian economics can help make people wealthier, and how to gain practical knowledge about the Austrian school.

Joseph Salerno Talks Currency Crises and Argentina

In this interview with Redmond Weissenberger, Joe Salerno discusses monetary policy, currency crises, the gold standard, and Argentina.


Audio: Panic and Depression, Redux

Interviewed by host Alan Butler, Mark Thornton talks about the Panic of 1873 and the Long Depression that followed.

Yuri Maltsev Explains the Tea Party

6646In today’s Mises Daily, the Mises Institute interviews Yuri Maltsev about his new book co-authored with Roman Skaskiw: The Tea Party Explained: From Crisis to Crusade, released in October by Open Court Press.

Mises Institute: What were the origins of what is now called the Tea Party movement?

Yuri Maltsev: As we explain in our book, the modern Tea Party movement began with a fundraiser by Ron Paul supporters on December 16th, 2007 (the 234th anniversary of the pre-revolutionary Boston Tea Party) and a backlash against the policies of President George W. Bush. This Tea Party fundraiser was followed by an even bigger one, the unprecedented Ron Paul “money bomb” of November 5th.

MI: Has the character of the Tea Party changed over time?

YM: Once the Tea Party proved resilient to criticism from both sides, numerous existing organizations and political careerists sought to join it, represent it, and/or influence it. There were pre-existing groups with over-lapping messages, other outraged groups searching in good faith to make themselves heard, and, of course, political opportunists seeking to either radicalize or co-opt the movement. A tenuous and perpetually shifting alliance formed between much of the Tea Party and parts of the Republican establishment. Three and a half years after Ron Paul’s Tea Party, Beck’s “Restoring Honor Rally” represented the most visible and publicized shift in the perception of Tea Party ideology toward social conservatism and a hawkish foreign policy.


Audio: Robert Murphy discusses his new class ‘Introduction to the Free Market’

This Mises Acdemy Course beings tonight!

Interviewed by host Alan Butler, Bob Murphy talks about a course he is teaching entitled “Introduction to the Free Market”

(Mp3, 26 minutes)

Hoppe: ‘Taxes are Expropriation’

In a new German-language interview, Hans-Hermann Hoppe “argues for a state-free society. The government has, for example, no right to compel the citizens by taxes to finance an armed force.”

WirtschaftsWoche: Herr Professor Hoppe, derzeit haben staatliche Eingriffe in die Wirtschaft und in die Gesellschaft wieder Hochkonjunktur. Viele Bürger wünschen sich mehr Staat und weniger Markt. Wie erklären Sie sich das?

Hoppe: Die Geschichte zeigt, dass Krisen das Wachstum des Staates fördern. Besonders deutlich wird dies bei Kriegen und terroristischen Anschlägen. Regierungen nutzen solche Krisen, um sich als Krisenlöser aufzuspielen. Das gilt auch für die Finanzkrise. Sie hat den Regierungen und den Zentralbanken einen willkommenen Anlass geboten, noch stärker in die Wirtschaft und die Gesellschaft einzugreifen. Die Staatsvertreter haben es geschafft, die Schuld für die Krise auf den Kapitalismus, die Märkte und die Gier abzuschieben.

Read the whole thing.

[The Google translation is pretty good.]

Audio: Walter Block Explains Austrian Economics

This interview with Walter Block is a little old (May 2013), but we haven’t linked to it before.

Some highlights of the interview include:

  • Block contrasts Austrian economists as philosophers compared to “normative” economists which he characterizes as ethicists and empiricists.
  • He highlights praxeology, the study of human interactions, as a central tenet of the Austrian school.
  • He emphasizes that there are areas where libertarians and Austrian economists do not have overlapping thinking.
  • Block says there is inflation at present, just not in what the official statistics are measuring.  He mentions several classes of assets that have experienced (are experiencing) inflation.
  • In an extended discussion about unions, Block said there are justifiable activities for unions.  But he feels many unions (and specifically public sector unions) are “legal and ethical monstrosities“.  He suggests they are “vicious, depraved and immoral” and “deny the right of free association“.

(Radio Interview, approx. 35 minutes)

The Mises View: Obamacare and Interventionism

Recently, Peter G. Klein appeared on the “The Wilkow Majority” radio program. In this excerpt, host Anthony Wilkow and Peter Klein discuss government intervention in healthcare and some of the resulting unintended consequences and market distortions.


Mark Thornton in the ‘Harvard Political Review’

[Editor's Note: This is an old interview from the Harvard Political Review, reprinted here for the use of our readers and students.]

Mark Thornton is an Austrian economist and senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a libertarian academic organization dedicated to scholarship of the Austrian School as inspired by Ludwig von Mises. In the past, he has taught in the Economics Department of Auburn University and served as an economic adviser to former Alabama Governor Fob James. The Harvard Political Review sat down with Mr. Thornton to discuss this often-overlooked school of economic thinking.

Harvard Political Review: What is the Austrian School of economics in a nutshell?

Mark Thornton: The Austrian School is the oldest, smallest, and fastest growing school of economic thought. It is traditional in its methods, adhering to logical deduction of economic laws. It is radical in its policy espousal, generally libertarian and even anarcho-capitalist.

HPR: John Maynard Keynes’ economic theories today serve as the foundation of innumerable public policy decisions enacted by federal government, not to mention that Keynesian macroeconomics is taught almost universally across college campuses. Why is this the case and why do Austrian economists find it flawed?

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The Fed’s Expanding Balance Sheet

Interviewed by host Alan Butler, Mark Thornton contrasts the massive expansion of the Fed’s balance sheet to help the banks, with what could have been done instead to help the American people. (Audio interview, Mp3, 38 mins.)