Archive for Jeff Deist

Mises Weekends: Soviet Defector Yuri Maltsev on the Loss of Freedom in America

Jeff Deist and Yuri Maltsev discuss not only his defection from the former USSR, but also his defection from the Marxist economic mindset, the crime of reading Hayek, why so many westerners still have a naïve, uninformed, and romantic view of socialism, how the Ruble was nothing more than a fiat rationing coupon, and why people with contempt for consumerism never visited a Soviet grocery store.

Jeff Deist and Will Grigg Discuss ‘Police State Keynesianism’

Mises Weekends: Jeff Deist and Will Grigg discuss “police state Keynesianism,” how the once embryonic American police state became overt, how military equipment, personnel, and mindsets increasingly find their way into local law enforcement agencies, and why there are more than 100 SWAT deployments every day in the US.



Mises Weekends: Jeff Deist Talks With Mark Thornton About Wikipedia, Drug Prohibition, and More

Jeff Deist and Mark Thornton discuss Mark’s recent experience as an opponent of the drug war at the Oxford Union debating society, his influence on Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and how Wikipedia demonstrates a kind of stateless spontaneous order, complete with private dispute resolution.


Jeff Deist Explains How The Fed Distorts Everything

Jeff Deist discusses how the Fed creates a perilous landscape in which there is no honest pricing—everything has been distorted—even at the consumer level.

Mises Weekends: Jeff Deist Talks with Anarcho Road Warrior Eric Peters

Eric Peters discusses with Jeff Deist the automobile as a symbol of libertarian autonomy, why statists love public transportation, how moronic government regulations make all cars look the same, and why you should buy an old V8 or an old motorcycle while you still can.

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Mises Weekends: Jim Bovard, Libertarian Muckraker

Jim Bovard talks with Jeff Deist about his incendiary career as a journalist, the American people as Mencken’s “Booboisie”, and why the Nanny State has him stocking-up on cigars.

Mises Weekends: A New Series of Interviews Hosted by Jeff Deist

Beginning Friday night, Mises Weekends will bring you a new show every week featuring timely interviews and discussions on current trends and events with journalists, scholars, entrepreneurs, and more.


Video: Jeff Deist Explains the Misuse of Economic Language

Jeff Deist explains why it is important to say what we mean when discussing the economy and the state.

Thomas Piketty’s Improbable Data

Computer key - Fatal ErrorHunter Lewis writes in today’s Mises Daily: 

Keynes’s keynote book, The General Theory, is loaded with economic theory. There are only two pages of data in that book, and Keynes dismisses the scant data he cites as “improbable.” By contrast, Piketty’s new book, Capital in the Twenty-first Century, is stuffed with data. Indeed Piketty considers himself a successor to the economist whose data Keynes dismissed, Simon Kuznets. Almost everyone admits that Piketty’s theoretical case is weak — but, his supporters say, look at all this data. You can’t argue with this mass of historical evidence!

The Mises View: “Taxing Cryptocurrency”

Jeff Deist explains some of the compliance burdens of the IRS’s latest guidelines for cryptocurrency and other electronic media of exchange.

All Videos from ‘Inflation: Causes, Consequences, and Cure’

From the April 11 Seminar: Inflation: Causes, Consequences, and Cure. A seminar for High School and College Students

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Video: Matt Drudge and Information Overload

For the text version, see today’s Mises Daily. 

Presented at “Inflation: Causes, Consequences, and Cure”: a free seminar for high school and college students. Hosted at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on 11 April 2014.

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.

Punching Above Our Weight

6706Jeff Deist writes in today’s Mises Daily:

Last week the Mises Institute hosted another outstanding Austrian Economics Research Conference at our campus in Auburn. Attendees enjoyed three days of cross-disciplinary presentations by more than 50 academics, PhD candidates, and economics/finance professionals, all working in the most provocative traditions of Austrian and libertarian thought. We also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the South Royalton conference, the first academic conference devoted to Austrian economics in the US and a watershed event in the modern Austrian movement.

Watch James Grant’s speech and you’ll catch his reference to boxer Jake LaMotta. LaMotta was a notoriously big middleweight, often fighting men 10 pounds lighter. The Mises Institute, by contrast, punches above its weight. A recent Forbes article demonstrates that we are a real heavyweight online. Among free-market think tanks, we rank first in YouTube channel subscribers, second in overall website visitors, and third in social media presence.

We do this with a budget that is a tiny fraction of the big organizations in DC, organizations that spend their days promoting superficial changes in public policy. We do it without billionaires funding us, without currying favor with the political class, without receiving government money, and without wasting time looking for liberty in all the wrong places.

Youtube Version: Jeff Deist Interview with Ron Paul

Yesterday’s video featuring Jeff Deist and Ron Paul has been added to Youtube. This version is also slightly longer:

Audio: Jeff Deist Interview on Economics and Foreign Policy

Interviewed by host Alan Butler, Jeff Deist explains how economics, foreign policy, and peace are interrelated.

Audio: Jeff Deist on Power Trading Radio

February 24, 2014: John O’Donnell and Merlin Rothfeld welcome Mises Institute President Jeff Deist to Power Trading Radio. Jeff talks about his new role and what the Mises Institute’s goals.


Video: Support the Austrian Economics Research Conference

Please help by supporting our Austrian Economics Research Conference, the international, interdisciplinary meeting of the Austrian School. This conference brings together leading scholars doing research in this vibrant and influential intellectual tradition.

Audio: A Misesian View of the Economy

Interviewed by hosts Merlin Rothfeld and John O’Donnell, Jeff Deist talks about his new role as President of the Mises Institute and what the Institute’s goals are. He also discusses the current economic situation, alternative currency methods, and politicians who share an Austrian-friendly view of the markets.


A Conversation With Jeff Deist About the Austrian School

6668Mises Institute President Jeff Deist is interviewed in today’s Mises Daily:

Deist: At the time a small group of Austro-libertarian students had assembled in Las Vegas to study under Murray. With the addition of Hans Hoppe, UNLV clearly had become the top economics program in the US for graduate students interested in Austrian training. I was able to attend a few of Murray’s course lectures, which not surprisingly (to those familiar with his lifestyle) were held in the evening! Needless to say the lectures were fast-paced and filled with references beyond the mainstream, giving only a hint of Murray’s vast range of knowledge. Encouraged by Joe and his excitement for Rothbard’s teaching, I decided to explore further.

At the time I was already a committed libertarian, but lacked any real intellectual framework to integrate free market economics with ethics, philosophy, law, and political liberty.

Remember that much of what passed for free-market or libertarian thought at the time remained mired in 1980s Reaganite clichés. Supply-side economics was still the focus of the Right, with many otherwise sensible people talking about the Laffer Curve and maximizing tax revenue! Quasi-utilitarian arguments flourished in the economics mainstream, ceding the intellectual high ground in favor of arguments that free markets merely “worked” better.