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Why The Mises Institute is Important- Ron Paul, Tom Woods Weigh in & More

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Ron Paul offers his opinion on the Mises Institute:


A short biography of Ludvig Von Mises:


Judge Napolitano delivers the keynote @ the Mises Institute Oct 2012



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"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Big bump for this

Mises Institute reminds of a real-world allegory to Issac Asimov's "Foundation":

The Foundation (in the series of novels) is a private institute that uses mathematical and statistical analysis to predict the rise and fall of Galactic Empires.

At its inception, it is small and had little influence, but as the predictions came true and after the fall of the Empire, the seeds of the Foundation grew to galactic prominence.

Because the predictions turned out to be right.

Lew Rockwell Talking to Judge Napolitano

Lew mentions that Ron Paul supporters read books! Books that Ron Paul has encouraged people to read.


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I specifically

I specifically recommend:

brilliant overview of time preference especially how the state messes it up. also breif overview of Hoppe's "Argumentation Ethics".

his most controversial work. takes his analysis of time preference to some rather unexpected conclusions. worth a read just to cut through all the ad homs thrown his way.

very short work best read in conjunction or after HA. Will be expecially interesting to philosophy geeks and/or objectivists. He covers the epistomological basis of praxeology in further detail than Mises.

Thanks Evan

I read the democracy that failed.
I also heard his lecture-why mises not hayek
He like Rothbard, goes further away from the state than Mises and certainly much further than Hayek who is actually quite in favor of the state in may areas.

What was interesting in the Democracy that failed was not just the time preference theories but that democracy may be no better and indeed worse than a monarchy in protecting property rights.

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Any others?

I am up to date on my reading and need more

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Honestly, where you're at,

Honestly, where you're at, just start chewing through Human Action.

Unlike other long economic tomes (Marx's capital, Keynes's general theory) it's actually readable and easy to follow his line of arguing from one chapter to the next. Pick up Murphy's study guide and just work through one chapter a day or so. (It's like 30 chapters averaging 30 pages each, so even though the nominal length seems intimidating, each chapter presents one concept that is easily digestable in one sitting or so).

I've read a lot of mises

but Human Action has always been a challenge-I've read about 15% of it
I've got it in audio format too.

Tom Woods Liberty Classroom has a section on Austrian Economics that covers a good part of it.

I got through a good part of Man economy and State by Rothbard. I suppose I must at some point conquer Human Action

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Just buy Robert Murphy's

Just buy Robert Murphy's study guide to HA also.

What i did was read Murphy's summary of each chapter, then i'd read Human action. Anytime I hit a sticking point i'd just reread Murphy's summary of that particular subsection that was giving me issues.

There were a few subsections of chapters where I was a little foggy on what exactly Mises was saying, but Murphy clears this up... often time what ends up coming off as confusing is that Mises seemingly shifts gears adn starts talking about something that, at first glance sounds completly unrelated to the earlier part of the chapter. But this is where Murphy's guide proves helpful... he mentions that Mises is heading off a common objection that was commonly reaised in his time, or setting the stage for a more thorough discussion in chapters to come, etc..

Basically Murphy is a lifesaver.

Thanks will do that

I have a few copies of Human action, have given away a few and no one I know has done much with it

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Got it but I have some other Mises on Deck

but will make a complete run through Human Action in the new year

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If you're interested, a bunch of us are just starting some Aristotle.

We're hitting the basics(in chronological order: Organon, Physics, Metaphysics, Ethics, Politics), but will probably spend the most time/detail on Ethics (the one where he lays essentially the groundwork for economics, rational self-interest, Randian Objectivism).

We haven't started reading yet, and plan to do like 30 - 50 pages a week, so it's wouldn't impose on any other reading you plan on doing.

If you're interested, look for "Aristotle Study Group" on Facebook. I imagine we're the only one that comes up. We havent even started yet, but I kinda want to have the first chapter of Organon (it's only 30 pages!) read within a few weeks.

will look into it


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bump for paulreal.

bump for paulreal.

actually, why not start a

actually, why not start a Human Action reading group? That's what a lot of my friends did. They set a reasonable schedule (like 50-75 pages a week) that they'd all read on their own then they'd meet either in person at a cafe or via an e-mail chain and discuss it.

This has the dual role of helping people benefit from others (we all encounter things that are in our blind spots that a fresh set of eyes can pick up quickly - like how it's always easier to find great chess moves as a spectator just glancing at the board, but when youre the one playing you often overlook them.)

but almost as importantly, it created a (false) sense of urgency to read each section. when you just set a vague goal of "reading HA at some point" it can be harder to self-motivate than if you know you have to meet with your firends and discuss.

And actually, I bet if you asked around on here, you could find some DPers who would be interested in starting a "HA reading thread" where you all agree toa schedule and share insights via comments.

I'm holding off on reading Man Economy and State till I get some other books doen, but if you want to do a MES online DP reading group, I'd be down. (It's been strongly suggested to me to read HA first, then MES... it helps put a lot of Rothbard's writing in perspective etc. I wouldn't want to talk you into reading MES before finishing HA).

Thanks I have not read any of those

My favorite find is the author Frank Chodorov who wrote
One is a Crowd and Income Tax the root of all evil

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Hans Hermann Hoppe is the

Hans Hermann Hoppe is the "next Murray Rothbard"...

His arguments are always extremely well constructed and proceed logically.

I can't recommend him enough.

Even for those who think they disagree with his conclusions, simply uttering "I don't like that he advocates for/against X/Y" isn't enough.

The hard part is showing how one of his axioms or one of his logical chains is faulted.

I read Democracy the God that Failed on your recommendation

and I posted one of his videos here

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Here are my Top 10 books available @Mises

Income Tax the Root of All evil-Frank Chodorov
End the Fed- Ron Paul
Economics in one lesson- Henry Hazlitt
The Anti Capitalist Mentality- Mises
The Libertarian Manifesto- Murray Rothbard
Hamilton's Curse- Thomas Delorenzo
Austrian Economics A Primer -Eamonn Butler
Meltdown - Thomas Woods
The Law - Frederic Bastiat
The Theory of Education in the United States-Alfred Jay Nock

I picked one from each author-there are plenty more from each!

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