Archive for Lew Rockwell

New eBook: ‘The Gold Standard: Perspectives in the Austrian School’

unnamedNow in ebook format or paperback: The Gold Standard: Perspectives in the Austrian School

The world’s financial system is in a precarious state, and everywhere the cry is heard for reform. But a reform to what? More government created fiat money under a new name? The contributors to this notable anthology think not and argue for one particular sort of reform, a return to the gold standard. They all agree that a genuine free market would gravitate toward a gold standard.

Murray Rothard states that any commodity used as money must have value in a non-monetary use. Roger Garrison dismantles the objection that a paper money is cheaper, and less wasteful, than a gold standard. Joe Salerno untangles the web of international finance . By far the most effective political advocate of the gold standard has been Ron Paul, and here he summarizes his proposals for monetary reform. Other contributors include Richard Ebeling on Mises and the gold standard, Hans Sennholz on Carl Menger’s monetary writings, and Lawrence White on free banking and money.

The Gold Standard presents cutting-edge scholarship on the best and most effective monetary system. If you want to understand the gold standard, you need to read this book.

Lew Rockwell Announces New Book on Anarcho-Capitalism

Today at LRC, Lew announced that a new book is in the works:

Never, ever, has there been so much interest in a truly libertarian society. Young people in this country and all over the world are flocking to the Rothbardian banner. No coincidence, at the same time. media attacks on us have never been so intense or so frequent. Politicians, who you might think would be content with their looting and killing, are vociferously denouncing anarcho-capitalists, because we worry them.

This is all great news, and why I want to tell you about my new book,  Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto. In it, I seek not only to tell the truth, but to refute the lies. Best of all, I think Murray—to whom I’ve dedicated the book–would be saying, Attaboy!

In this work, I talk about why I am an anarcho-capitalist, and the evils of the State, from the war system to the war on drugs, from the assault on our civil liberties to the damage the bankers’ Fed does.

Why not “limited government”? The idea, I show, is as meaningless as the phrase. I also talk about how anarchy would work in a practical sense.

Is it ever morally justified to initiate violence or the threat of violence against the innocent? Of course, not, yet that is the State’s daily bread.

There are many great scholarly works on anarcho-capitalism, but I had something else in mind: a book of fewer than 200 pages that can serve as an introduction, and as a guide to further reading, in the freedom philosophy.

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Audio: Lew Rockwell Discusses Anarcho-Capitalism With Ben Swann

We don’t need a ruling class, Lew Rockwell tells Ben Swann. (Mp3, 35 minutes)

Today: Lew Rockwell on the Ben Swann Radio Show

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I’ll be on Ben’s radio show from 11:00am-noon central time today.

Video: Lew Rockwell Discusses Police Statism and Austrian Econ with Ron Paul

In this January 2014 interview, Lew Rockwell discusses police states, the worldwide Austrian economics movement and the future of the Mises Institute with Ron Paul.




Lew Rockwell On Endemic Corruption of US Government

Former New Orleans, La. Mayor Ray Nagin was convicted of 20 counts of corruption, while found not guilty on one count. Nagin was the mayor of the Crescent City from 2002 to 2010, shepherding the city through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding that began immediately after. But during the rebuilding phase, Nagin required kickbacks from people looking to help the battered city. RT’s Perianne Boring discusses the case and corruption in America with libertarian author Lew Rockwell.

We Win the ‘NY Times’ Prize

6648Lew Rockwell writes in today’s Mises Daily: 

The New York Times, whistling past the financial graveyard, paused over the weekend to smear the Mises Institute, Ron Paul, our other scholars, hardcore libertarianism, and me. Why? Because our ideas and our youth movement are gaining real traction. It is in effect a compliment. They have never faced opposition like ours before, and Ron Paul’s tremendous resonance with young people has only made things worse from the Times’s point of view.

The Times wants opponents who play the game, who accept the presuppositions of the regime, and who are willing to confine themselves to the narrow range of debate to which the Times would prefer to confine the American people.

The purpose of articles like the one over the weekend, it should be unnecessary to point out, is not to shed light. It is to demonize and destroy a school of thought that the regime considers threatening.

Mussolini’s Idea of the State and Its American Defenders

6645Lew Rockwell writes in today’s Mises Daily

But it would be foolish to pretend that America is the very opposite of the fascist dystopias. Whether it’s the emphasis on centralization, the glorification of the police and the military, the yearning for a “third way” between capitalism and socialism, the elevation of “public service” above the services we freely provide one another on the market, the creepy and incessant references to “my president” or “our president,” or the depiction of the state as a quasi-divine instrument, the commonalities are neither trivial nor few.

Americans no doubt recoil from or laugh at that passage from the Italian fascists I shared with you a few moments ago. But few Americans are in a position to render such a judgment. Most have absorbed the idea that their government, far from a merely utilitarian contrivance established to provide them with some basic services, as many early Americans doubtless conceived of it, is a redemptive force in the world

The Mises Institute and the Future of Higher Education

keyboard message, earthLew Rockwell writes in today’s Mises Daily:

But of course it’s not just our online education that is paving the way for a new kind of education. Back in 2011, when Sebastian Thrun, then a professor at Stanford, decided to begin offing online courses on robotics and artificial intelligence, 160,000 people enrolled in the first class. After that, Thrun decided to leave behind his tenured position and founded a new online education operation through which he believes he can reach half a million students with low-cost higher education taught by some of the world’s best faculty.

The demand for these online educational programs illustrates just how useful they are in the marketplace, and the Mises Institute is already part of this new world of higher education.

At the same time, many colleges or universities are trying to jump on the bandwagon, and for many of them, it is already too late. Many small colleges and universities will be going out of business in coming decades because the costs are high and the benefit to students is low at those institutions. It’s true that the elite schools aren’t going to go out of business, and the big state universities aren’t going to go out of business, but much of the higher education world is feeling the ground moving under its feet, and they’re worried. They should be worried.

Watch the Houston Mises Circle LIVE This Weekend

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Mises.org will be live-streaming The Southwest Regional Mises Circle in Houston on Saturday, January 18, FREE at YouTube.Here are the scheduled speakers. All times are Central time: The Police State: Know It When You See It

10:00 a.m. Lew Rockwell Welcome
Jeff Deist 10:15 a.m. Jeff Deist What Happened to “Peace” Officers?
Tom Woods 10:45 a.m. Tom Woods The Economics of the Police State
Lew Rockwell 11:45 a.m. Lew Rockwell American Fascism
Ron Paul 1:30 p.m. Ron Paul Do We Live in a Police State?
2:30 p.m. Speaker Panel Q&A

Special thanks to Christopher P. Condon, Terence Murphree, and TJ & Ida Goss for making this event possible.

For archived recordings of other similar seminars, visit mises.org/media.