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From Healthcare to Welfare

I actually listened to this a couple days ago and the murky world of health insurance is so much clearer to me now thanks to (my favorite economist) Hans-Hermann Hoppe's lecture on the real nature of "health insurance."


P.S Did anybody here already know that Ludwig von Mises had a brother who was also a genius? He was a mathematician who worked at the same university as Albert Einsten. Hoppe talks about LvM's brother in the first 5 minutes - if you want to get straight to the meat of the lecture go to 5:30.

Bonus: You can download this, and all of Hoppe's lectures for free from Itunes! (that is actually how I happen to run into this golden one.)

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mises.org is a gold mine!!!!!

mises.org is a gold mine!!!!!

It truly is!!

Every time I am in a debate or have a question I go right to Mises.org and LewRockwell.com and become an expert!

And somehow Hoppe manages to have a lecture for every question that has ever gnawed at me no matter how little they have been.

I was wondering about insurance and how the government exactly has been involved in the whole thing (I knew gov't was screwing it up, but wasn't sure specifically how) and bam pops up his lecture on my Ipod. I was wondering why historians aren't more accurate (like Tom Woods) and bam is a lecture from Hoppe explaining the importance of a historian having knowledge of economic theory - otherwise they just have data points but don't know whether or not things connect, are correlated, etc.

Look into my suggestion of downloading all of the lectures for free from itunes! I also have all of Lew Rockwell's podcasts and Tom Woods lectures.

No one can find a safe way out if society is sweeping towards destruction. Everyone,in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result. - LvM

Thomas Jefferson Hour, another erudite program

Check out radio show The Thomas Jefferson Hour. It's on National Public Radio of all places. Clay Jenkinson portrays Mr. J and effortlessly uses an erudite vocabulary. But there are times I think his portrayal is way off the mark.

One of those times is when Clay as Jefferson says he, Jefferson, knows little about central banking. From what I've read, all notable people then knew about central banking, that it was disastrous. I wrote a post about the Jefferson Hour. If you want to read it, here it is. Another grievance I have with Clay is that occasionally he or he as Jefferson says the constitution does a poor job, causing me to think its contents, natural rights, are not transcendent, and that it should be tossed away. Perhaps I misunderstand Clay or him as Jefferson, but that talk irritates me because it's obvious A) a paper can't do anything, it's acted on, making congress people culpable of dereliction and B) congress people have acted against the constitution increasingly since its inception, so why dismiss the constitution? Because of those relationships, the constitution barely has had "a chance to do good." Very vexing.

Also, if you have time and want to, give me your explanation of what we began debating yesterday in the thread 10 Things Every American Should Know about the Federal Reserve.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

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Very interesting, thanks for posting


the "other" von Mises

Many engineers known Richard von Mises by way of the "von Mises strain," which is core curriculum material for mechanical, civil, and aerospace engineers.

As an engineering student, I knew of Richard von Mises long before I'd ever heard of brother Ludwig. When I finally learned of Ludwig, I was fascinated by the amazing contributions of these brothers.

I wonder if

it was the von Mises strain that had been mis-calculated by the engineers who designed the bridge in the video on a continuous loop in the engineering dept at McGill University many years ago. A fascinating video, I think the bridge had been in the Northwest US. Until it collapsed. Darn, those profs knew how to get we kids to pay attention!

Tacoma Narrows?

You may be referring to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge incident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Fi1VcbpAI

More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Narrows_Bridge_%281940%29

Yes, that's it!

How scary was that? And how weird, a bridge seemingly have a mind of its own and proceeding to go insane. Thanks for the links.